It is a new year, which means new resolutions and fresh ideas. Although I don’t typically make any new year’s resolutions, I do change things up a bit in many aspects of my life. One thing I am very excited about doing this year is reorganizing our entire house. My son is moving out and heading back to college which means we will have an extra room in the house. We will be shuffling things (and people) around to make our household run more efficiently.
Whatever you intend to do this 2014, whether big or small, make sure you do something for yourself too!
Here are a few ideas along these lines:
1. Reorganize your closet!
This is actually something I will be doing in every room of our house, as I am so tired of trying to find things, and finding places for things. I plan on making more room in our closets by keeping only the necessary items. A simple rule of thumb when it comes to clothing and accessories: If you haven’t worn them for the past six months, throw them out. Not only do these things clutter your closet, but they also clutter your perspective. I know it can be hard to get rid of clothes, but just remember that you can donate them to charity and let someone else enjoy them now.
2. Try something new!
Maybe start the new year with a fresh and invigorating fragrance. Heck, make a fun day of it and go shopping to find a perfect bottle of perfume for women, or perhaps get an Armani perfume. While you are out shopping for the “new you”, maybe stop by Victoria’s Secret and splurge on a little something in Pink.
Other new things you might try? It’s never too late to take that acting class, get a college degree, travel exotic places in Africa, or simply run a small business on the side. Heck, maybe start a blog! Change your attitude when it comes to doing the things you love. Don’t just write them on your bucket list but actually try them out, even just once.
3. Manage your finances wisely.
You might have spent too much in one month during the holiday rush, but that doesn’t mean that you cannot still get your finances back in order. When you’re giving your loved ones shoes and clothes, perfumes, gadgets, etc., it is easy to overspend because it’s just so fun to give and see the looks on the faces of your recipients. Pay off those purchases as fast as you can. It is also a great time to start saving (maybe even for next Christmas!).
4. Create space for new people in your life.
It’s hard to admit but we lose people in our life, not because they move on to another life plane but because we either choose them to be gone or they chose to leave us behind. The New Year will help you create that courage to close a chapter in your life gradually, if not forcibly. Sometimes, you need to burn bridges for your own sanity to make way for new people to come in. Just say “no” to toxic people.
5. Shift career paths.
This is a huge deal for a lot of people. Work and career are two different things for most people, mostly because a career is something they enjoy and dreamt for so long, while work can only be the means of their livelihood. It is a hard decision to make but you’re not getting any younger. Lose your fear and take some calculated risks. If opportunity doesn’t knock, create your own. Don’t be afraid to make changes – big and small adjustments will reflect a positive outlook for 2014.
What things are you planning on changing up in 2014?
*Although this is a partnered post, all ideas and opinions are my own.