As we begin a new year, many of us find ourselves looking forward to a new year of possibilities and evaluating how we can start our new year off to lead to success in all our endeavors. For me, one of the ways I prepare myself for a great year to come is to simplify life in as many ways I can to give myself the mental and physical space to focus on all the spectacular goals I have for the year. These simplification activities touch multiple areas of life, and are incredibly impactful on the success or failure of all I have planned. Here are 5 ways to make your new year sing with productivity, organization, and merriment.
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#1 Panda Planner
Who doesn’t think of new calendars and planners at the beginning of a new year?!? Okay–so maybe I’m showing my age a little here, but I love a good pen to paper planning session to get everything organized. To do this, I have used the Panda Planner Pro for two years now for organizing all my home, work, website, and grad school needs. This specific version has monthly, weekly, and daily views which I use extensively to keep me organized. These come in various versions so make sure to explore them all!
While most of us can’t afford to have someone to come in and do all the little things in our homes that need to be done like replacing the refrigerator filter, AC/furnace filters, well filters, batteries for the smoke detectors, or whatever else you may need to occasionally replace, we all have these little items that we never remember to pick up when we are at the store and always have to go back to get. Using a subscription service to have those automatically delivered to your home saves time, money (gas and the extra items you inevitably buy while at the store), and frustration. I use Amazon Subscribe and Save and have items sent monthly, bi-monthly or even every 6 months depending on what I need. Now to get someone to install all of it….
#3 Automate Your Shopping
Along the same lines as #2, using a subscription service for all your basic needs is a brilliant way to save time and money. It also ensures you never run out! Again, with Amazon Subscribe and Save, I automate items like toilet paper, paper towels, dishwasher pods, coffee, laundry detergent, kleenex, dog food, any of your pets needs, you name it. No more hauling all that out of the store, into your car, out of the car and then into the house–the post office brings it to you!
All you have to do is sit down and figure out how much you use regularly and set up the orders to match your needs. The nice thing is if you find you don’t need something on Amazon and your order will be shipping soon, you can always skip that item or that whole order and postpone it to another date/time. Also, the more items in your subscription, the higher a percentage you get off of your order.
#4 Organize Your Home
Once you have found some free time by staying out of the stores, it is time to use some of that free time to get organized to save more time, money and frustration. By organizing the little things in your home one-by-one, you are saving yourself moments and stress that really does add up. Have you ever walked into a room that was freshly cleaned and felt a huge weight lifted from you? This is some of the stress that a disorganized home can cause… besides not being able to find that thing the moment you really need it.
Sometimes, we let our spaces become cluttered to a point that it is overwhelming to think about tackling an organization project there. In that case, focus on sections of the space. My favorite mental trick to eliminate the overwhelm is to focus on a 5 ft by 5 ft square. I am 5’6″ so any space smaller than me I can dominate in a day, right!?? (It is all about the games we play with ourselves.) The best part is, once you have conquered one block of space, you will have the satisfaction and success of completion which will propel you into another space. Before you know it, you’ll have an organized room, house or even life!
I recently took this on and organized a closet which shares space with my kitchen. Since moving into the house it had become an embarrassing catch all for everything that I didn’t have a spot for in the garage because the garage didn’t have storage spaces yet. Since then, I have gotten some garage storage, and it was time for all that stuff to exit this space.
Instead, I made half of this closet a closet (go figure!) and the other half is now pantry space for items that I didn’t have space for elsewhere. As you can see, I didn’t use a ton of money to organize this space. Instead, it was a lot of putting away into the new areas where things belonged. However, I did spend some money on a few bins for dry goods which you can see here. By using clear containers and labels in the space, I am able to see what needs refilled and it keeps me from ‘hiding’ clutter in a basket or bin that no one can see into. This also makes it super easy for me to open up this space when I’m making a shopping list and see exactly what I need.
Nothing makes me more productive when cleaning my house or organizing spaces than music. For me, I just connect to Bluetooth and stream my music throughout the house and sing as I clean. (If you live in a space that shares walls with your neighbors, be kind and use your Airpods. Smile.)
I really don’t care what I sound like, the point is to get those notes out of my mouth. Not only does singing motivate and entertain me during some of the most routine things I do in life, but studies have shown that singing can be a form of therapy! (Google singing as therapy and you will be amazed!) So fill your house with music, feel better about yourself, and let those people who literally sing for their supper be your backup singers for the day!
Those are 5 Ways To Make Your New Year Sing! Sometimes, the simplest things make the most difference in our lives–and I, for one, am all about eliminating the #complicated from life!
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