We all know that at the beginning of the year, we start off with great intentions to get fit, be more organised, eat healthy and so on, but in reality, these expectations are sometimes a little too high. Our homes and bank accounts have just about managed to get through the festivities and we have so many things to do. Here are 5 bite size chunks on how to get organised for the new year which will help rejuvenate you, your home and your life!
Another thing we can all do more of is wardrobe organisation – de-cluttering can be so therapeutic. You can sell your unwanted things on ebay, Depop and even Facebook, or take them to your local charity shop. Age UK In the centre is perfect for donating clothes to in The Harvey Centre. Pop your Summer clothes in a box under the bed to keep your wardrobe simple and clutter free to easily navigate through, with items you’ll actually wear.
Stocking up your kitchen cupboards and freezer after the festive invasion is just what you need to avoid overspending on food during the week. Meal prepping on Sundays are perfect for those winter nights arriving home from work and just wanting to cosy up with a bowl of homemade stew. We all need our creature comforts from time to time. Tesco in the centre is a great place to stock up on groceries at great prices.
Diary planning is also a great way to stay on track. Setting weekly goals and daily to-do lists (small and big tasks) that you can tick off, not only keep us proactive, it’s also fulfilling to see all of the things we’ve accomplished. Having a mixed calendar with social dates, work deadlines or bill payments are also a great way to avoid overspending and making commitments that we can’t keep. You can get some great diaries from The Works in the Harvey Centre.
One thing that I think is great is financial organisation; opening new accounts and splitting up your money is the 1st step. There are so many different ways to save; opt for traditional piggy banks or why not look for a savings chart online where you put a certain amount away each month and by the Summer/end of the year, there’s a lovely pot of money waiting for you; perhaps a holiday, shopping spree or a special Christmas present to yourself. If you need any help with your finances or budgeting, The Harvey Centre have a range banks to help including Nationwide, Halifax and Lloyds Bank.
Treat yourself by giving back to you. Sticking to all of the above will be so much more fun if you do something nice for yourself in return. Scheduling in some you time is great encouragement, maybe a monthly pamper session or taking up a new hobby like yoga which not only get’s you fit but also boosts your feel good emotions!