5 Ways to Start the New Year Strong

Sophie shares five ways to kick start your new year by decluttering, simplifying, and planning ahead.
5 Ways to Start the New Year Strong
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New Year Goal Setting and Resolutions

Typically, I’m not someone who waits until the New Year to start a new project or make a big change in my life. I’ve learned that I’m someone who is better suited to act now and attack my goals head-on rather than wait. I’m a perfectionist and the longer I wait to get something started the more time I have to psych myself out.

That being said, I still love the idea of using the New Year as a bench mark to check-in with myself, evaluate my goals, and take the time to reset. A major task I try to accomplish throughout January is to declutter and simplify various aspects of my life ranging from my house to my inbox. Today, I’ll be sharing five things I do each year to start the new year off strong.

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5 Ways to Start the New Year Strong:

Unsubscribe from emails

I know I cannot be alone on this one. But I get SO many emails each day that I never read and just delete. Honestly, I probably get anywhere from 50-200 a day of just junk emails. It’s nuts.

Each January I make a concentrated effort to go through my emails and unsubscribe to everything I know I’m not ever going to read. This clears up my inbox and saves so much time deleting email after email. It’s also a great way to eliminate any shopping temptation.

Delete Unused Apps

Throughout the year, I download a lot of apps and then quickly forget that they are on my phone. These could be anything from a photo editing app to a game I saw an ad for while playing another game (you know how it is).

At the beginning of the year, I go through my phone and clean it up by removing unused apps. I can’t tell you how many random notifications I get a day from apps I don’t use. I see them and think “oh I should get rid of that,” forget, and then repeat every day.

You can also go through your picture and note sections as well for a little extra decluttering.

Declutter + Donate

I’m a very environmentally driven person. I thrive in an orderly space. With the influx of new stuff from the holidays, I use this time of year to go through my home and pick out the items that I don’t use, totally forgotten about, or upgraded throughout the past year.

This is anything from clothing, kitchen appliances, home décor, etc. If it’s not broken, it’s donated.

Unfollow Social Media Accounts

If you do one thing on this list, this is the one I suggest the most. Unfollow social media accounts that do not serve you.

Unfollow social media accounts that do not make you happy. You do not need to follow people just because they follow you.

There is absolutely no obligation. The truth is, each year we grow and we change. We follow accounts that we might find inspirational one day but then the next we find ourselves in a constant state of comparison.

Your social media is about you and only you. So don’t feel guilty, hit that unfollow button, and don’t look back. Trust me, it’s a great thing.

Set up my planner

Who else loves their planner? I already know the answer, everyone. To all my planner people, I know you can relate to my love for planning things months and months in advance.

Each January I look ahead and plan out any big event or occasions that are coming up that year. I mark down birthdays, vacations, weddings, and more.

I also write in note weeks ahead of these events to remind myself if I need to purchase a gift or send a card in the mail. This year, I picked up my planner from Target. But here are some others that I LOVE.

Do you have any New Year resolutions? Let me know in the comments?

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