It’s time for a reset. Now that the presents have been opened, holiday meals have been eaten, and things start to slow down just a bit, many people start to think about getting organized!
The weeks after New Year’s Day are the perfect time to reset before completely getting busy again. We hope these reset ideas will help you feel more organized and ready to tackle the year ahead!
Day 1: De-trash your home
Grab a few garbage bags, and walk through your house, throwing away anything that’s garbage, including old and broken toys.
Getting rid of all of the surface clutter like leftover cups, paper plates, and whatever else might be lying around will instantly make your space feel so much more comfortable!
Day 2: Reset your kitchen
When your kitchen feels cluttered, your whole house feels off. Resetting your kitchen after the holidays can seem daunting, but once you’ve done it, you’ll feel so much more organized and ready to start fresh!
Begin by washing and putting away all of your holiday dish wares, putting them away with your holiday decorations, then take down any Christmas decor and linens that you may still have in your kitchen. If you have the energy for it, clean out your refrigerator, and get rid of any food you won’t end up eating and enjoy your clean kitchen!
Day 3: Goal Planning
We feel the pressure to set New Year’s resolutions between Christmas and New Year’s Day during the week. This is fun or stressful, depending on your take on resolutions, but this year, you might want to try setting measurable goals for the year instead.
Most people don’t stick to their New Year’s resolutions, but many have a lot of luck sticking to quarterly goals. Quarterly goals are goals you want to accomplish in the next three months.
Why three months?
Three months is a short enough time frame to allow you to plan out, step-by-step, how you want to reach your goals. And it’s a long enough time frame to enable you to achieve important goals. Take some time to sit down today and set one or two goals for the upcoming quarter!
Why three months?
Three months is a short enough time frame to allow you to plan out, step-by-step, how you want to reach your goals, and it’s a long enough time frame to enable you to achieve important goals. Take some time to sit down today and set one or two goals for the upcoming quarter!
Day 4: Clear Surfaces
Clearing off the surfaces in your home is a great way to reset after the holidays. When you clear surfaces, you eliminate visual clutter, which has a calming effect on your space.
If you cleared off the countertops in your kitchen earlier this week, you know how clear surfaces can give you an instant sense of order. Spend some time today clearing off the surfaces you see the most.
Now’s the perfect time to put away Christmas decorations; put away Christmas decorations you have on the surfaces in your home, and if you have the energy to do it, put away the rest of your holiday decor as well.
Day 5: Laundry Catch-up + Self-Care
By catching up on your laundry, you’ll feel more prepared for getting back to “real life,” and you won’t have to worry about not having anything to wear. As you’re waiting for your laundry to wash and dry, revisit some of your ideas for goals for the upcoming quarter.
Rest, read, watch a favourite show or eat a delicious meal. Today’s a day for getting laundry done and doing some things for you. By allowing yourself some downtime, you’ll probably have inspiration for something you’d like to do in the upcoming year.
Day 6: Meal Plan
After a great holiday season filled with sugary treats and delicious food, your digestive system may be signalling to you that it’s time to get back to eating the way you usually do. You don’t need to do a full-on detox, but start thinking about what healthy foods you’d like to eat in the next few days that would help you feel healthier.
Day 7: Declutter On-the-Go Items
Take some time to declutter items you take with you when you leave your home. Depending on how you get around and where you live, you’ll want to declutter things like your car, purse, coat pockets, gym bag, and backpack. Clean out everything, and make sure you have all you need for the upcoming week.
Knowing it’s more complicated with children home from school, trying this out may help give your home life a more calm and stress-free feeling.
Written By: Jane Laker
Photo Credit/Design: Veronika Kovecses
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