10 Things to Clear Out for the New Year
Many see the new year as a time for new beginnings, myself included. It's a great time to get rid of all the things that are holding you down physically, mentally, and emotionally. The feeling after clearing out your closet, fridge, or even your social media is freeing.
When I was starting to put away the Christmas decorations I became overwhelmed with how cluttered and disorganized all the hidden parts of my home felt. I've made it my goal to work on getting everything and slimmed down and organized as I can throughout the year.
Here are 10 things you can do now to help clear out and clean up your life a bit for the new year:
1. Old Socks / Underwear
I don't have this problem as much anymore, but my husband sure does. Basically, he wears the same few pairs of socks over and over again even though they are filled with holes and he has literally two drawers full of unopened packages of socks.
If you have old socks that aren't serving their primary function anymore, chuck 'em! The same goes for underwear. I think that we sometimes fall into this idea that these are items we never need to refresh, but that is far from the truth. Once your old socks and underwear have served their purpose, it's time to get rid of them. It will free up space for fresh pairs, and takes away unnecessary clutter.
2. Old Magazines
Okay, I'll admit it. My coffee table, office, and even my bedroom have issues of some magazines that date back more than a few months. Sometimes I find a recipe or article I liked and like to think that I'll go back to it, but that never happens.
If you really do want that recipe / article, clip it out and save it or see if you can find it online. I have a binder full of recipes I've copied or clipped from magazines or books that takes up a lot less space that dozens of magazines sitting around.
Getting rid of outdated magazines helps give your mind - and your coffee table - a fresh start in the new year.
3. Unused / Old Makeup
Truthfully, my makeup drawer is one of my deep, dark secrets. I love trying new products, and have ended up keeping a lot of things that I didn't end up loving simply because I felt like it would be a waste to get rid of them. In reality, letting them gather dust in my drawer is the real waste.
Just because a product didn't work for you doesn't mean someone else may not want it. Check if any of your friends or family are interested before you throw them out, and then get rid of the leftovers. Keeping something you're not going to use just takes up space, creates clutter, and don't add any joy or value to your life.
4. Extra Snacks
I'm one of those people with a dedicated snack shelf - and not the healthy kind, either. Although I didn't add a strict diet as one of my resolutions, having all those sweets around isn't exactly a healthy habit, either. It serves as needless temptation, and just takes up extra space in my cupboard that I could use for better, healthier purposes.
5. Old Books
Now, I'm not one to normally advocate getting rid of books. The overflowing shelves I've grown accustomed to are a testament to that. It is, however, good to get rid of books that you don't like or have served their purpose.
Books that you don't ever intend on reading again because I didn't like the story, or maybe old college textbooks that will just gather dust can be donated or sold, and it'll clear up space for books that you really do want to keep! It's a win-win, right?
6. Your Closet
You knew that I'd have to throw this one in somewhere, right?
I've seen a lot of posts about new year closet clean outs, and each of them has motivated me a little more to go through and do my own. Even though I tend to cull my closet pretty regularly, I always seem to find a few more items that just aren't working with my lifestyle anymore. Nothing feels better than having a less crowded, cluttered, and overwhelming closet. I really liked Andrea's post on her recent closet clear out!
7. Social Media Accounts
Now is the perfect time to take a snow day, settle down, and go through and cleanse your social media accounts. When looking at who you follow on Instagram, Twitter and the like, ask yourself why you followed them to begin with. Are they still relevant to that reason? I know that I often find that a lot of accounts I follow change - or I change - and they don't really fit with what I want to see when I check social media. It's nice to be able to scroll through and only see things that I want to and that I genuinely like. Pressing the unfollow button doesn't take a lot of effort, but it can make a big difference!
The same goes for blogs. There are a lot of blogs that I love and try to keep updated on. But I've been reading blogs for a long time and there are also plenty of blogs that I don't really read anymore for various reasons. Making the effort to go through and slim down what shows up on my updates and email makes it possible for me to support and focus on the ones that I really want to see.
Unsubscribe from newletters or company updates that just clog up your inbox. Up until a few days ago I was still getting newsletter emails from brands I haven't been interested in since high school!
It's good to be busy, but it seems that these days everyone is just incredibly overwhelmed. Over scheduling yourself isn't good in any way, and it's something that I tend to do. A lot.
Believe it or not, it's okay to say "no" or to take a step back and make sure that you have some time for yourself. You don't have to attend ten workout classes a week, meet with every friend every single week, or constantly go out. Being busy is okay, but working yourself to death is a lot worse.
My desk is basically a magnet for clutter. Everything that I can't think of another place for ends up in my desk, and it becomes a hassle to find anything there as a result. Today I was looking for a pen so I could quickly jot down a note, and it took me longer to find one that worked than it did to write the note.
Get rid of dead pens, extra rulers (for some reason I have so many), and all the clutter that seems to accumulate in a desk. Make sure you have just what you need to get stuff done and that it's easy to find. A place for everything and everything in its place, right?
Having a real, organized budget that you stick to is one of the smartest resolutions you could make during the new year. I've used YNAB for a few years now and have been able to take complete control of my money. It's such a blessing to know where my money is going and to see my savings grow. With the new year, it's the perfect time to make a goal to get in control of your finances and work towards financial freedom.
Read up on different budgeting techniques. Check out the dozens of different apps that are designed to help you take control of your income, and make a goal that you want to work towards. Do you want to get out of debt? Take a trip somewhere (that's usually mine)? Buy a home, renovate, or upgrade your car? If you're strict enough, you can do it. The peace of mind that comes with more financial security is priceless and will help clear a lot of worry from your mind!