HAPPY 2021! Sharing with you all my top 8 Ways to Get Your Life in Order for 2021. I can’t even believe we are already 5 days into the New Year. Everyone has their own perspectives around the new year and how to approach it. For me, the new year is a time to reflect, get inspired, and set new goals. I personally love the feeling of a reset which gives me a new sense of drive and purpose to dive into the new year head on.
My goals in sharing my TOP 8 Ways to Get Your Life in Order for 2021 is to help you start the year off with a clean, clutter free space, along with getting more organized for the new year. When you have a clear space, you have a clear mind. Having a better space will reduce your stress, help you find your essentials quicker, discover items you thought to be lost, improve your sleep, along with countless other benefits! Now to the roundup!
8 Ways to Get Your Life in Order for 2021:
1) Clean out your closet
The new year is a great time to deep dive into your closet! You can start to evaluate your clothing and ask yourself the tough questions. An amazing approach is the Marie Kondo method where you ask yourself: does this piece of clothing spark joy? It blows my mind how my clothes can accumulate after a few years if I do not keep an eye on it! A great way to approach your closet cleanout is to separate your clothing by high quality, brand clothes and lower quality ‘junk’ clothes. You can bag of the junk clothes and donate to Goodwill. For your higher end clothing, a great option is shipping out to Thred Up which is an online consignment store. They give you a free shipping label and will pay you for any clothes purchased online. I have such a hard time letting go of clothes but once they are out of my home I feel infinitely more relieved and decluttered. I’m sure you will too!
2) Deep Clean Apartment
There is nothing better than walking into a CLEAN home and bedroom. Start the year on a clean note and get to scrubbing! Some of the best places to start are:
- Wipe down counters
- Clean out and wipe down fridge
- Wipe down microwave
- Clean shower
- Spray down bathroom counters
- Clean bathroom mirrors
- Scrub the toilet
- Wash your makeup brushes
- Vacuum the floors
- Wash your sheets
- Make the bed!
3) Start planning
New Year = new planner in my books. I love the chance to start the year over and get organized to plan out events and have a place to write down daily to do’s, goals, and appointments.
One of my absolute favorite planners to get is the LifePlanner from Erin Condren. I shared the planner layout in stories with a ton of customizable features and tabs to get organized for 2021! The planner includes monthly, weekly, and daily planning with customizable options to fit your needs. The one I purchased has a daily view where you can map your entire day out by the hour. This is incredibly helpful if you are a Type A planner like myself to make sure you are maximizing your time throughout the day and map out the time you need to finish tasks.
4) Set Short and Long Term Goals
Goals are the most important thing you can possibly do to keep you on track to accomplishing them. There is the famous phrase that you are 42% more likely to achieve your goals JUST by writing them down! How crazy is that?! By just taking the time to reflect on what you want for your live will help give you that extra push to go out and achieve it!
It’s important to set SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-Based) GOALS with both short term and long term time frames. For example you could start with your 1-5 year long term goal and then back track into shorter term goals as milestones to keep you on track to achieve them.
THEN backtrack into daily habit goals that will keep you on track to achieve those.
FOR EXAMPLE: say your 1 year goal is to lose 15 pounds by a combination of strength and cardio training. You could then backtrack into a monthly goal of losing on average ~1.25 pounds per month.
You will then backtrack even further into what your daily habits look like to lose this weight. Your daily habit checklist could include something like this:
- Walk 8-10k steps/day
- Drink 1 gallon of water
- Sweat for at least 30 min/day
- Eat at least one veggie in each meal
Get the idea?!? Writing these all out on paper or in a planner can be a nice reality check sometimes. We have this fallacy of time where we think things will eventually fall into place down the road but what you need to remind yourself is everything starts TODAY. If you have a goal for yourself, stop sitting on it, and start to take action! The little habits you develop for yourself are the building blocks to accomplish your wildest dreams. A great book to check out is Atomic Habits which really opened my eyes to the power of habit.
5) Toss spare socks
If you are anything like myself you may have some spare socks in the side of your sock drawer hoping that one day you will find its match. I’m here to break it to you – that sock is 99% long gone and will never be returning to your sock drawer. After you finish your last load of laundry sort through your socks and discard any socks that you are unable to find the match for. Let’s go into 2021 with matched socks only!!! Such a simple thing but those lone socks can build over time if you never go through with this process!
6) Get your nails done
There is nothing worse than looking down at chipped, uneven nails and it gives me a bad feeling every single time! Get out the house and go treat yourself to a New Year mani/pedi to get that fresh feeling right off the bat for 2021. Neutrals are my go to colors including white, soft pink, and beige!
7) Clean out your purse/bag
Purses can seriously become a black hole for receipts, wrappers, lip glosses, hairties, expired gift cards, old snacks, crumbs, and whatever else you may have thrown in there over time and forgotten about. A purse cleanout is a great way to minimize clutter in your life, make your life easier when trying to find things, and give you less stress in your day to day. Anytime following a personal purse clean out I feel a new sense of calm upon opening my purse afterwards! There is no better feeling than getting back to that new purse cleanliness and actually being able to see your essentials.
8) Clear out Your Inbox & UNSUBSCRIBE
I feel like there are typically two types of people when it comes to email inboxes: the Type A who always gets their inbox down to zero or the person likes me who lets their email get into the thousands unread on a consistent basis. A great way to start the New Year is to evaluate your inbox to see if there are any unwanted subscriptions that consistently pop in that you never open or are no longer relevant to you. Hitting that ‘unsubscribe’ button is a liberating feeling to declutter your inbox daily with updates you will never read.
Additionally maybe this year you can subscribe to emails worth reading such as one of my personal favorites: Need2Know and you can subscribe here! They give you daily updates of the most relevant news updates for the day in a spark notes and entertaining format. 10/10 if you have a hard time reading the news but want to be in the loop on what is going on!
& That is a wrap! I hope you enjoyed this roundup of my TOP 8 Ways to Get Your Life in Order for 2021 and let me know any rituals you love to level set for the new year! Happy cleaning, decluttering, and selling 🙂