How’s that first morning back at your desk going? Hungry? Yeah, me too.
As much as I love the New Year (fresh starts, clean slates, all that jazz) it can be pretty overwhelming.
Detox! Diet! Manifest! Be better! Exercise more! Drink less alcohol! Drink more water!
In the immortal words of Grumpy Cat, Nope. Stop trying to change me, New Year! You’re not my real Mum!
I do have a New Year thing though, and it’s become a bit of a tradition so I thought I’d share. Each New Year I have a clear out, a freshening, a… sorting of shit (on reading that sentence back it sort of sounds like I’m heading towards describing a colonic, I’m not, keep reading). It doesn’t require months of devotion, it’s easy, it’s fast, and it’s bloody cathartic (again, not a colonic).
Here’s what I do:
- The Great Desk Purge – the rush of Christmas leaves me with an office that looks like a University dorm room. There’s jewellery making stuff everywhere, piles of important letters filed in my “sort in January” stack, and all manner of detritus that hasn’t been cleared over the past few months. I fire up a podcast, arm myself with a bin bag & duster, and get to work.
- The Grand Wardrobe Clearing – Haven’t worn it in two years? It goes. Makes me angry every time I wear it because the sleeves are just too. damn. short? It goes. Too big? Goes. Small? Goes. You get the idea. Bin bags at the ready, and prepare for that glorious feeling of donating to charity!
- The eBay Flog-a-thon – it’s certainly not what it used to be, but I still find myself offloading a fair few things on the old eBay. I accumulate piles of ‘to eBay’ things throughout the year & with the downtime of the Christmas break I finally find time to list them! I’ve also made use of Amazon’s marketplace for books and DVDs.
- The Epic Unfollow – digital noise is the worst. Fire up your RSS reader, Facebook, Twitter & iTunes. Unsubscribe from everything that doesn’t bring you joy. Simple. Same goes for Magazine subscriptions & email newsletters.
- A Tale of Two Spices – nothing tastes as good as more shelf space feels. I work on one kitchen cupboard at a time, taking everything out, figuring out if I used crockery in the past couple of years, cleaning the shelves, and rearranging. Anything out of date (by lots) goes, everything else is reorganised & condensed.
- Ready, set, go! I spent a little time in the early days of 2015 getting stuff ready for my first week back. I wanted to sort out a new planner/schedule idea, something a little more organised than a to do list on a random bit of paper, so I spent a couple of hours putting together a printable daily schedule sheet (pictured above). There’re several free ones available around the internet (take a look on Pinterest), and I’m thinking of making mine available as a free download (do you want one?).
And that’s about it.
I do similar clear outs with my cosmetics (did you know you can donate unopened cosmetics/toiletries to women’s charities?), pet stuff (your local pet charities are always look for spare blankets), and bedding (you can pop that old duvet cover you never use in one of those charity bins you find in supermarket car parks!).
I’m ready for you now, 2015!