Ah, we’re all doing our best to fulfill our 2012 intentions, aren’t we? Well, if you’re struggling then this guest post by Nancy Parker just might be the antidote you’re looking for! Check out her suggestions in how to clean up and out your life this year.
It’s that time again – time for resolutions, time for cleaning up and cleaning out every part of your life – it’s the New Year! Every year millions of people make a slew of resolutions promising to be a better person, to start working out, to begin eating better, and every year millions of people putter out by the end of January.
But embarking on a new year full of new resolutions doesn’t have to be so overwhelming that you end up giving up less than 30 days into your adventure.
Cleaning Up Your Life
The most popular resolutions are almost always some form of “I want to lose weight”; and every January any regular gym goer can attest to the influx of people known as “January Joiners” flooding the gyms. Any regular gym goer can also attest to the fact that by March only a handful of those joiners will remain.
So how do you become one of those people that are still dedicated come March? Start small! Instead of going to the gym and working out obsessively for 10 hours a week, plan on going to the gym for 30 minutes three days a week. Get comfortable with that and then start building up to working out more, otherwise you’ll risk burning out and giving up.
This doesn’t just apply to the gym though; it applies to all aspects of your life. For instance, the other area many people focus on is their diet, whether it is quitting smoking, eating better, ditching sodas, or any other array of cleaning up their health habits.
Instead of approaching attacking your diet with an “all or nothing” attitude, make little changes that add up into big ones. For instance, if you drink three sodas a day cut it back to one a day, take home half your meal from the restaurant instead of clearing your plate, and other manageable switches like that. Once those become regular habits tackle another aspect of your diet you want to clean up.
Lastly, when it comes to cleaning up your everyday life, buy a planner and spend time each Sunday planning out the things you want to accomplish each week. Having them in writing makes them much more attainable goals than just making mental lists that you forget about within minutes. You need to approach change in small, reasonable doses otherwise you risk burning out and giving up.
Cleaning Out Your Life
Once you’ve gotten a grip on cleaning up your life, then it’s time to clean out your life. Most of us are hoarders by nature, holding onto things even if we haven’t used them in years. We are plagued with that thought of “what if I need this…” when in reality if you even have to question it you probably don’t need it.
January is the perfect time to start tackling projects around the house one by one. Each month focus on a different room and slowly work your way through each, getting rid of anything that hasn’t been used in the last year. Chances are if you haven’t used it in that long you probably aren’t going to and someone else could benefit from having it more than you.
For example, turn all the hangers around in your closet and as you wear clothes flip the hangers back the right way – this will give you a good idea of which clothes you are actually wearing and which ones can be donated. Do the same with shoes, bags, etc. You’ll be amazed how many things you’re holding onto just for the sake of having them.
Go through all the “junk” drawers in the house and realistically assess if you really need everything in there. Then visit a local craft store and find ways to organize everything. Do this with as many aspects of your life as you can. Having everything organized makes it less tremendous and helps to reduce stress.
We get so caught up in having materialistic items that we lose sight of the things that are really important in life. Take the time to thoroughly go through your life and clean it up and out.
Through careful planning and execution you can effectively clean your life up and out. Don’t be one of the many who end up failing by the end of the first few months of the New Year, instead be one of the few forging ahead.
About the Author
Nancy Parker was a professional nanny and she loves to write about wide range of subjects like health, Parenting, Child Care, Babysitting, nanny background check tips, etc. You can reach her @ nancy.parker015 @ gmail.com.
From my personal experience, Nancy is right when she says incremental changes and progress is the secret to long-term change. Being human means we avoid pain and move towards pleasure. While most change is uncomfortable, if it’s small enough, we don’t even notice it!