The ball dropped a few weeks ago and I am (finally!) starting to get ready for 2018. With each new year, we all start to make resolutions, closet clean outs, goals and plans for the new year. I am always up for finding reasons to better myself, but with the new year it helps me actually start to put plans into action. With a few little life changes, I hope to make it the best year ever!
- Stop Spending Money
I know I am not alone who has watched their savings account decline after all of the spending during the holidays. For the month of January, my goal is not to spend any money. 2018 is going to be the year of being committed to saving money. For the first time, I actually have a job that allows me to pay my bills and still have enough money to set aside for savings. I did this during the fall and I was amazed how much money I had in my savings when I stopped spending. The biggest trick is to avoid stores you know you are going to spend money in. That means no Target, Homegoods or going in to a store to “browse”. I went to the mall this week to return something and was proud of myself for walking through Bath and Body Works and did not spend a penny! When you want to buy something, ask yourself if you need it and if you buy it, where you will put it. I cannot tell you how many times I buy stuff that just sits in a drawer never used. That is what the first few months of the new year is for. Buy less, spend little and save a lot!
- Clean Your Bathroom
As a matter of fact, I just finished cleaning my bathroom from top to bottom. This is something I try to do every month, but starting off the new year with a shiny, clean, Lysol smelling bathroom! Pick a day every month and write it in your planner to clean your bathroom. I am able to keep up with all of the cleaning by tidying up my sink area or picking clothes up off the floor when I brush my teeth. It is a full two minutes dedicated to cleaning my bathroom. When was the last time you cleaned under your bathroom sink?
- Get Your Life Organized
Over the last two years, I have been organizing, purging and creating a more minimalistic life. However, every January, I start all over again. I go through each closet, drawer and shelf in my house. If I buy a new shirt I will donate two shirts. I keep a shopping bag in my closet so I can easily throw items to donate to Goodwill because I want to get rid of as many clothes as I can. I also have a box of garbage bags under my sink and once a month, I go around my house and throw out as much as I can. Any clutter, garbage, neglected products or anything I can live without gets thrown out. I plan on making an entire blog post on how I keep everything organized!
- Get A Bedtime & Morning Routine
There’s a setting on your iPhone that can remind you when to go to bed. I rarely actually go to bed when my phone tells me to, but I have been getting better at getting into bed at 10pm and then asleep around midnight. With my morning commute and often having to be at work early, I need to get better at waking up early. My ideal time to wake up is 6am… but my internal clock usually has me waking up at 8am. Sleeping late is now sleeping until 10am! This whole adulting thing means less sleep and a never ending to do list. I have started to become more of a morning person, but my goal for this year is to wake up at 6am everyday without an alarm clock.
- Move Out of My Parents House
Yes, I am fully aware that it has been two and a half years and I am still living at home. When I graduated from college and moved back home for the summer, I never imagined I would still be living at home this long. It is something I am dedicated to happening this year. I have already been on job interviews to help get me out of New Jersey and I have my eyes on an apartment if I get the job. I also found out via email (because my parents accidentality used mine) that my parents are going to North Carolina this month to look at houses to retire to. 2018 is the year that we all start the next chapter in our lives and I am looking forward to where I will be next.
- Get Rid of Everything I Own
Okay, so this sounds a little dramatic, but I promise it is for a good reason. My parents are making moves (literally!) to sell our house and move to a new state. With that, when they move, I also will lose my extra storage space. This month especially, I am in the process of getting rid of everything that I can live without and starting to pack up my belongings for the big move. I took shipment boxes from work and I have a box for clothes for each season. My rule is, if it doesn’t fit in the box then it needs to go. As someone who always has more than one of the same thing, I am dedicating my free time in dwindling down everything I own.
- Take Risks
This is something I have been craving lately the last few months. My life seems so repetitive. I go to work, come home and set my alarm to go back to work the next day. When I have the free time (and energy) I will go into Philly with some friends. My life is very boring for a 25 year old, so this year is dedicated to making some changes. Even though I recently took a job promotion with J Crew back in the fall, I am once again craving some change in my career path. I quit my desk job because I was tired of sitting at a desk, but I cannot believe that I am once again craving that desk job. So now I am just working on finding the right fit.
- Delete, delete, delete!
I am deleting clutter, my inbox and all of my social media clutter. I have seen a few other bloggers rave about Unroll.Me, an app that helps with unsubscribing to those annoying emails. I cannot tell you how many times I have missed an important email because it got lost in store promotion emails. Make your life easier this year and get rid of the things you don’t need.