A new year is always a good time to start over. And you want to make sure you get some stuff revamped before spring cleaning comes along or you’re going to be swamped. Here are the eight things you need to get revamped before spring rolls around!
1. Your wardrobe. It’s time to get rid of those shoes that are falling apart and your favorite sweatshirt that’s over 10 years old. Take a good look through your wardrobe and get rid of things you don’t really love. You know you have those pieces you impulse-bought a while ago that you’ve never even worn.
Really consider what you’ve worn in the last year and get rid of anything you haven’t put on in that amount of time. If you’ve got shoes that are destroyed or a favorite staple piece that’s seen better days, look for stuff to replace them. Buy some new statement pieces that work in a variety of ways to make your wardrobe pop!
2. Your computer files. You might not have even thought of this one. When was the last time you cleaned out your computer files? If you haven’t been getting rid of things, it’s probably bogging your computer down considerably. Do a deep clean of your computer to free up space, get your files organized and speed your machine back up.
Go through and delete any files you don’t need. Old pictures, documents, anything. Only keep the stuff you think you’ll absolutely need. Look for duplicate files you might have accidentally saved. If you use iTunes, check to make sure you don’t have duplicate songs downloaded.
Create an organization system if you don’t already have one. Use folders so you don’t have random files sitting around. Organization makes it so much easier to find that one thing you need.
3. Your kitchen. When was the last time you checked the dates on stuff on your spice rack or the door of your fridge? They’re things we tend to take for granted. But condiments aren’t going to last forever in the fridge and spices are going to lose their flavor after too long.
Do a major overhaul of your food storage areas. Check all of the dates and get rid of anything that’s expired. Make a list of the ones you need to replace but only get the ones that you actually use. If you got a certain spice for that one recipe a couple years ago, you probably don’t need to get a replacement for that one.
4. Your garage. The garage tends to be the place where we throw all the stuff we don’t want cluttering our house. But eventually that gets full, too. Winter isn’t over and you might want a place to store your car during that next snowstorm.
Adopt the same rule as your wardrobe when cleaning out the garage. If it’s something you haven’t used in a year, you can probably get rid of it. Maybe between the wardrobe and garage cleanout you can put together enough stuff to have a yard sale!
Make sure garage maintenance is done, too. Garage doors can cause some serious accidents if they aren’t inspected regularly and can lead to costly repairs, as well. Hire someone to tune it up so you don’t have to worry about those things down the line.
5. Your car. You’ve got your garage ready to go, so what about your car? Clean out all the random stuff you chucked in the trunk and that water bottle you got stuck under the passenger seat. Check out the glove compartment too, while you’re at it.
Make sure your car is ready for the rest of the wintry weather, as well. Keep it stocked with a scraper and brush, extra coats and blankets in case of an emergency and jumper cables. A windshield cover is awesome to have and means less scraping for you on snowy mornings before work!
6. Your finances. Christmas season just passed and Tax Day is on its way! Now’s the time to make sure your finances are all in order. Make sure you have all the forms you need to get your taxes done on time. Go through all your holiday expenses and make sure everything matches up with your credit card and bank statements.
It’s a great time to create or revamp a budget for the year, as well. See where you can cut back or where you can transfer money to fund the family vacation you want to take. Make sure you aren’t spending a lot on unnecessary expenses like eating out or morning coffee runs.
7. Your health. Break out the Clorox wipes and orange juice — cold season is here! Take steps to avoid it, especially if you have kiddos bringing back germs from classmates at school. The best way to get Vitamin C is through natural sources like oranges, so try that before you resort to supplements.
Get your fitness goals on track, too. Create a workout routine that fits well into your schedule and that you think you’ll be able to stick to. Find a workout buddy so they’ll keep pushing you. If you want that beach body, you’re going to have to work to get it!
8. Your career. Are you where you thought you’d be in your career by this point? If not, it’s time to make it happen. Reevaluate your position and see if you’re stuck at a dead-end and it’s time to move on. Make sure you’re truly happy with your career and it’s a place you want to stay at.
If you aren’t truly happy, it’s time to get to a place where you will be. Start looking around for jobs or getting the nerve up to request a promotion. Life is too short to be wasting it at a job that isn’t right for you.
Hopefully now you’ve got some ideas for your own new-year revamp. Have any ideas we missed? Let us know in the comments!