5 simple ways to start 2014 off right

Good Morning 2014!!! Holy cow, how is it the new year already? I hope you all had a fun night. Josh and I chose to once again exercise our “lame muscles” by ushering in the new year with a movie night. What brilliant film did we watch, you ask? Well, that would be Love Actually. Yes, we’re literally a decade late to that game and you know what? That movie is awful!! It is inexcusably cheesy, and I’m sorry but, Alan Rickman, but you. are. Snape. Deal with it! Also, as another testament to our shut-in like evening we drank hot cocoa…. because we forgot I even bought champagne. It’s still in the fridge… But, that was technically last year, right?

Anyways, today is the day where everyone comes out of the woodwork with (mostly) grand dreams of idyllic New Year’s Resolutions that will completely change everything they dislike about themselves in 365-days. I feel like now, at the ripe age of 23, I’ve been through enough New Year’s, and made enough resolutions, to feel like such a boob when I feel the need to make the same resolutions year after year. (After year!) So, today I wanted to do just a few simple tasks to start 2014 a little bit more collected and organized without going nuts and spending four hours cleaning out our coat closet. Organization and minimizing is HIGH on the priority list this year, but I’m taking the first to enjoy and start to create mostly clean,  much less frazzled slate.2014-start-the-new-year-off-right

Here are 5 really simple ways to start the new year off refreshed! But not overwhelmed!

  1. Unsubscribe from all the junk email. Just for today, let your email pile up. Don’t go through and delete junk email as it comes in like you might normally do. At the end of the day, take 15 minutes, sit down at your computer (it’s much easier than using your phone) and unsubscribe from all the emails you no longer find relevant! I have no friggin’ idea how I ended up signed up for so many promotional emails, but it was crazy! Unsubscribing to 85% of them felt so liberating! Now, I get the few I want and keep my email accounts manageable.
  2. Update your music library. Do you ever have your headphones in and find yourself skipping song after song until it’s ten songs later and you’ve finally found one that you actually want to listen too? Yeah, that stinks. Go through and mix up your playlists, clear out songs you don’t like anymore (I’m lookin’ at you 98 Degrees!) and update your phone (or iPod or whatever).
  3. Delete (or hide) toxic online friends. Maybe it’s mean, but there are just people I knew at some point in time, who I don’t particularly care about hearing from anymore. Deleted. The constant complainers? Deleted. If you feel guilty about actually hitting the Unfriend button, at least hide them from view.
  4. Clean out your fridge and pantry. I’m talking about a good thorough cleaning. Toss anything funky and wipe everything down. I don’t know about you, but a nice clean fridge is so awesome to see. Just open the door, smile, grab a snack, repeat.
  5. Do a quick scan for donation items. It seems almost everyone has some sort of organization related resolution, but it can be really really overwhelming if you think about trying to get your whole house in shape. Instead, just for today, go room to room with a laundry basket or trash bag and grab items you know are destined for the donation/trash bin. We all have things like this lying around. Clothes that you haven’t worn in years, books you’ll never read again, that gifted vase that’s really not your jam. But them in a box or bag or whatever and stick them straight in the car. Don’t forget to ask for a donation receipt so you can deduct donated items from your taxes! (How-to on that here!)

An hour or two doing these five tasks and you’ll start off 2014 feeling a little less crazy and still inspired to take this year by storm! No need to go crazy on the first day, right?

What are your resolutions for this year? Or do you even make resolutions? What other simple tasks would you add to this list? Share below!

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13 Comments on "5 simple ways to start 2014 off right"

  1. #1 on your list is one of my goals for the year too. It is crazy how much junk email seems to multiple. And your right deleting them doesn’t stop them…I need to take the time to stop the emails at the source and unsubscribe.

  2. Annie says:

    #3 and #5 are definitely ones that I would like to do; I think I could resolve with a better year if I did it :)

  3. #1 is on my list of things to do and I’ve already done #5. It’s amazing what you can get rid of after you start looking around your home.

  4. Bree says:

    Love it! We have been cleaning out the closets and food stuff all day. If feels so good to let go of all the clutter! Thanks for posting these ideas.

  5. Erin says:

    Love, love, love this list!! I’m a planner and for sure have been really thinking through kicking off the new year. Of all the ideas I’ve read, THESE are the most practical things that hadn’t even crossed my mind! Pinning now. Would love for you to share this post with my link party Life Created Tuesdays – this week’s party is now live :)

    Erin
    theviewfromfiveten.com

  6. Julie says:

    Great ideas, I was forced last year to change my email (long story) but the lack of junk in my new in box was liberating!
    BTW Love Actually is not cheesy, it’s lovely and sweet and funny and ok maybe just a little be cheesy! (I’m old enough to know Alan Rickman from all sorts of things before he was Snape so find it easier to think of him as someone else.) Best bit in the whole film, right at the end in the airport when all the little pics come up and the little girl puts her arms round her mum’s neck and kisses her – tears in my eye EVERY time!

  7. This is a great list! I’m definitely unsubscribing to my junk mail. I don’t even know how I get on some of these lists sometimes. Reading #1 made me think, why don’t I just set aside an hour or two this week and get that taken care of. Funny how I just frowned and marked them as spam without considering a big clean up.

    Oh, and I totally need to do the pantry thing, too!

    Thanks for sharing at Link It or Lump It this week :)

  8. These are great tips! Thank you for sharing!

  9. Danielle says:

    Great tips to start the year! Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays. x

  10. Diana says:

    I always start the year deleting those excess promo e-mails. I think with Christmas shopping I end up on extra lists and by January 1st I’ve had enough. Feel good!

    And I’m slightly addicted to unfriending people. I’ve greatly reduced my friends list in the past few years. Makes my FB time more meaningful and much shorter!

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