Happy New Years to my readers! I hope you all had a fun and safe holiday. It is common during this time of year, the very beginning to be exact, that many individuals decide it is the perfect time for a fresh start. Today I decided to write a post on my Top Five Ways to start the new year on the right foot!
2015 was a bit of a rough year for most people, and I can definitely relate. As the minutes winded down to the start of a new year, I became more and more excited. Although I can’t identify with the famous saying “new year, new me,” I can say I’m ready for this new year to become a better me. These were just some steps I’ve taken since the ball dropped to start my new year off on the right foot.
Clean out your closet
Since as long as I can remember, two or three times a year, my mother would pack away one seasons clothing before bringing out what would be appropriate for the next season. This is commonly practiced by some women as the seasons change as well as trends, and closet space becomes limited. I, however, never partake in this activity. I don’t see some clothing items (tank tops, jeans, t-shirts,) as seasonal. With the exception of bulky jackets and suede, I prefer to keep my clothes hanging all year long. Once, or three times a month, I go on binge shopping sprees and spoil myself with bags of new clothing and jewelry not thinking, “This will look so good during this season.” I have more of a “How will I get this to fit in my closet?” kind of feeling. This is the first year I decided to completely clean out my closet at the beginning of the year. Although I did it in the new year, my inspiration came from the night of December 31st, 2015. As I tried on all of my favorite dresses to ring in the new year, I realized that I held on to many of my clothes for the memories, or simply with hope that I would admire myself in them each time I wore them, as much as I did the day I tried them on in a dressing room. I do clean my closet out normally several times a year, however this time, I decided to get rid of some pieces I was keeping “just in case.”
Today, about one-third of my closet has been either donated or trashed, and I’m so excited to fill it up with more beautiful pieces that will hopefully be worthy of making the cut next year.
Declutter your email and inbox
I am the type of person that scrolls through my emails every morning and only stops to read the important ones. Today when I noticed my email notifications had reached three thousand, I decided it was time to declutter my senders and inbox for good. Most emails sent from companies like Forever21 and CVS have an ‘ unsubscribe’ button at the bottom of the email. This makes lowering you junk mail count much easier. Some senders take up to a week to get you off the list, but what’s one week worth of emails compared to a few hundred a month?
Also, if you’re like me, I tend to save all of my old texts. I don’t do this for any real reason, I just never realized how much quicker my phone is and how my battery life is effected by all the useless things I keep stored on my phone. Aside from cleaning out my texts and phone calls regularly, I also delete phone numbers of people I no longer speak to and old voicemails. It may not seem to make much of a difference, but what’s the point in keeping some of that useless stuff anyway?
Create a budget for the year
I have never been one to save. Like Carried Bradshaw once said, “I like my money where I can see it, hanging in my closet.” Unfortunately, I don’t live the lavish life of a New York freelance writer for Vogue, so budgeting is the best way for me to have something to see hanging in the closet and something in the bank account for an emergency or a new bill. When creating a budget some things you may want to take into account are grocery bills, gas prices, future events, and holidays. I am fortunate enough to not have to worry about many bills at this point in my life, however I am confident that when the time comes, I will be prepared thanks to my experience with budgeting. It’s quick, easy, and personally it has been very effective. I have only been budgeting for about three months and I have more than tripled the amount I started with in my savings account. When the 1st rolled around I decided it was time to modify my budget for the new year which allowed me to save more and spend less on useless things. I found that writing out a plan or limits and sticking to them is a very effective way to save money and also avoid overspending. By the end of the year, you may notice a bit of difference in your bank statements and appreciate that one New Years you came up with a budget or found a way save more throughout the year.
I believe everyone should spoil themselves once and a while. I spoil myself every two to three weeks by treating myself to a manicure. Pampering yourself doesn’t always have to be costly either! You can simply pamper yourself by getting an extra hour or two of sleep, or by taking a night off from social media and enjoying a hot bath. I may be one of the few people who still appreciates the small things, but I feel absolutely spoiled when I put my phone on silent after work and just watch a movie or put headphones in and ignore the world for an hour or two. Do something that you enjoy, simply just to enjoy yourself. What’s better than starting off the new year feeling like a million bucks? By pampering myself a little in the new year, I am starting the year off feeling great, with a cute new manicure as well!
Do something spontaneous
I was never one for spontaneity in the past, however so far this year (but really in the anticipation of this year,) I have already done some spontaneous things that I would have never had the courage to do prior to the dawn of the new year. I believe this is the year to remind yourself that literally anything is possible! So maybe a nose piercing isn’t very spontaneous for some, but it was something I never would have done in the past. How often do you decide after dinner to just go get something pierced? For me; that’s extremely rare. Now that I began the year with the mind set that anything is possible, I have come one step closer to eliminating any road blocks to accomplishing my goals for 2016. By being spontaneous, and surprising even myself, for the rest of the year I will keep in mind my little spontaneity , and remember for 362 more days literally anything is possible.
I hope you all have found a way to start your new year on the right foot as well! If there is one thing you do at the beginning of every year that helps you start your year off right, feel free to leave it in a comment below.
Until next time,