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If you’re anything like me, you’re looking for some things to do before 2020 hits that will help you feel a bit more together.
Not great life-changing things like decluttering your entire house. That takes too long and isn’t instantly satisfying.
Just small tasks that will help you feel a little fresher coming into the new year.
For the most part they’re easy to do and don’t require a lot of thinking. Who wants to think in the between-Christmas-and-New-Years period?
So, let’s get to it. The best things to do before 2020 are:
Clean out your car
Remove anything from inside it that doesn’t need to be there. Not only will it feel tidier, but you’ll save money – just having a moustache can cost you $10 in fuel each year, so imagine how much that box of things to donate is costing you. Also vacuum the inside and wash the outside, for obvious reasons.
Clean out your bag/purse
Get rid of old receipts, loyalty cards for shops you don’t buy from, old tissues, loose coins, and anything else cluttering it up. Also give it a clean, inside and out. Vacuuming it out might be easiest, and wipe down the outside. Treat any stains or marks as necessary.
Change your sheets
There’s nothing like sleeping in fresh sheets. You know the feeling, I shouldn’t have to explain it to you. Put a clean set on your bed so that you can wake up fresh in the new year.
Clean the house
It doesn’t have to be a super deep clean, because you probably did that before all the family arrived for Christmas. But do a quick tidy, a bit of dusting and clean the floors and bathroom. Wipe down the kitchen counters and you’re done.
Go on an adventure
This is a fun one! Renew your sense of fun or wonder, and go do something adventurous. I like to hike and explore natural areas, but you do you. It doesn’t really matter as long as you have fun and maybe make some interesting discoveries! If you want some inspiration click here for Australia and here for other countries. This one‘s global too!
Come up with a goal and a plan, not a resolution
Resolutions are well-meaning, but they suck. They tend to be pretty vague, which is why they so rarely end up being achieved. Decide on something you want to achieve and think about what steps are involved in getting there. Break it down until you have specific tasks that you can check off as you do them – this way it’s hard NOT to achieve your goals. Read this post to find out how to make a resolution stick!
Decide to finally give your wardrobe a makeover
It’s an issue that’s only really plagued the last few decades, if that – so many clothes and nothing to wear. You have a dream wardrobe for your best self, but like it says, that’s only a dream. Or is it? If you’re in need of a wardrobe makeover, with clear steps to follow… stay tuned and follow me on Instagram to learn how to create a wardrobe you love.
Reconnect with an old friend
This can be as chill or as flamboyant as you want. Send a quick message, give them a call, or write them an old fashioned letter. Someone you were once close with but now don’t see much of any more, or someone you need to apologise to, or someone from your past who might appreciate hearing from you. Most importantly, someone you regret losing touch with or don’t want to lose touch with.
Get rid of a few things
Just pick up a box or a bag and walk around the house. Fill it with anything you see that you don’t use or don’t like. Donate unwanted Christmas presents, too. It’s not being ungrateful – if you’re not going to use it, it’s going to waste sitting in your home. Plus, the longer they sit around, the harder it will be for you to get rid of them.
Make a vision board
What sort of things do you see in your future? Realistic or not, make a vision board of all the things you aspire to do, be, and see. Keep it handy and refer back to it when you’re in need of inspiration and motivation. If you’re really keen, make one for each area of your life, i.e. work, fitness, wardrobe, travel, etc.
Do the grocery shopping
This one is menial but really helps. Make a list of what you need and head to the shops. Get everything you need for the next week so that you can spend the first few days of the new year focused on things that matter.
Delete some old contacts and apps
The new year is for new beginnings, and clearing out the old. Go through your phone and delete all the apps you haven’t used in ages, as well as old contacts that you’re not likely to speak to or hear from again. If you’re on a roll, also delete blurry and duplicate photos and any text messages that you don’t need.
Day dream about a holiday, then reverse engineer it
Whether you can afford one or not, think about your dream holiday. Work out what it would actually cost and the best time of year to go, and work out what you’d need to do, sell, and save in order to actually make it happen.
Take a day for self-care
Make time to slow down for a second and focus on you. Do whatever makes you feel good – a face mask, have a bath, read a book, go to dinner with friends, exercise. You’ll feel so much better and ready to take on the new year.
Neaten your nails and eyebrows
This is kind of weird but it adds to that “put together” feeling (and appearance). Clean your nails, make sure they’re the same length, tidy the polish if you use it, attend to your cuticles. Also pluck or wax your eyebrows so that they look neat.
Resolve to find an activity that you love that will keep you fit
Don’t resolve to “get fit” in the new year because that’s not nearly specific enough. Plus it’ll never happen if you force yourself to go to the gym for two weeks before giving up. The key to staying fit is finding a hobby or activity that’s fun! Have a look at what’s out there, you might be surprised. You could try tap dancing, pole fitness, gymnastics, rowing… The possibilities are endless. Just find something that you enjoy and that challenges you and you’ll see success.
I hope I’ve given you enough things to do before 2020!
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