As we bid 2016 a fond farewell, we look forward to a new year full of promise and possibility. 365 days to finally get it right, to finally arrive at that elusive nirvana we would all like to achieve in our daily lives. So we take time to evaluate our lives and determine some key New Year’s Resolutions that will get us where we want to be. Top resolutions for 2016 were:
- Enjoy life to the fullest
- Live a healthier lifestyle / lose weight
- Spend more time with family and friends
Does anything sound familiar? These generally take top spots for New Year’s Resolutions year after year and, chances are, you’ve made similar resolutions before.
- 45% of people usually make resolutions
- 38% never make resolutions
- 17% of people might make resolutions
If you find yourself making the same resolutions each New Years, you’re in the (failing) majority! Apparently, only 8% of people are successful in achieving their resolutions and those who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than those who don’t. (statisticbrain.com)
So, if you’re serious about change, you might want to make a formal New Year’s resolution or two and get organized to ensure success!
Your To-do List or just a Wish List?
Are New Year’s Resolutions a To-do list or a Wish list? A To-do List implies resolve…it will be done, whereas a Wish List is a big maybe with the possible element of outside intervention. (Toss a penny in the wishing well, break the turkey wishbone, cross your fingers, etc.) One thing that I have been meaning to tick off my to do list for a while has been to sell my old motorbike that has been living in the shed for a really long time now. A friend of mine recommended I looked into companies like We Want Your Motorbike, which I need to do for sure. The new year is a time for change and that’s how I intend to start 2017.
Having realistic expectations will go a long way toward putting you in the 8% that succeed in keeping their New Year’s Resolutions. And clearly defining those goals will make them measurable and attainable. Here are some “fine-tuned” resolutions under the rather broad favorites mentioned above to help with defining success. If one of your resolutions is to save money, there’s no better way to start than to compare energy prices and see if you can get a better deal on your monthly outgoings, that way you can be sure that your spending will decrease every single month.
Enjoy life to the fullest
- Find what you love to do and make time for it; start reading a new book, painting a new image, travel abroad, or hike with trekking poles
- Create a dynamite wardrobe that puts a smile on your face and boosts your confidence
- Treat yourself to something special once a week
- Work less, play more
- Reinvent yourself if who you are now is not who you want to be (this is not about identity theft!)
Live a healthier lifestyle / lose weight
- Adopt a dietary plan or join a gym; follow a regimen and stick to the schedule
- Drop a bad habit (you know what yours is!)
- Get more quality sleep; eight hours a night is optimum
- Drink more water (eight glasses a day), eat more vegetables (five servings)
- Reduce stress by decluttering your life*
Spend more time with family and friends
- Set regular date nights with the people you love; face-to-face, not texting
- Celebrate birthdays and anniversaries
- Invite people into your home; become the “hostess with the mostest”
- Be available for impromptu get-togethers
- Stop being too busy for the important people in your life
*Decluttering and organizing your life
Everyone has their own comfort threshold for “stuff” and when it becomes too much. Walk room to room in your home and see if any specific area makes you tense. Is the family room okay with books and DVDs scattered around, but the dirty dishes in the kitchen sink set your teeth on edge? What about messy closets or unmade beds? Whatever causes you the most grief is the best place to start with decluttering and organization to get control or your life.
Take stock of what you have
It may be that you have too much stuff to fit neatly into your space. In this case, go into declutter mode: sort, keep, discard or donate. Make a value judgement of your possessions and downsize to only what your need and love. If clutter is throughout your home this might have to become a family affair and getting everyone on board can be a challenge, but it’s worth it. Freeing up space is like expanding your breathing room. Reducing clutter reduces stress and makes house cleaning easier, giving you more time for more things.
You may find that you have sufficient living space and the clutter is a result of: (A) no functional organization or (B) a general untidiness by the resident messies. Sort, keep, discard and donate is always a good first step for any decluttering project for then you’re left with only those things you need to accommodate and store. You’ll be able to determine more accurately exactly what you need to get your world organized, including closets, entryway or mudroom, laundry room, pantry, family room, garage and more.
Tailor-made organization solutions
There are lots of DIY organizational systems on the market, but if you’re not a naturally organized person, finding the right design for your needs can still be a problem. A sure-fire way to get your house and life organized is to call the professionals at Tailored Living®.
Their design expertise and D’Vinci 3D design software (it lets you see your design in real time) takes all the guesswork out of planning. You’re assured of getting maximized storage and organizational solutions throughout your home tailored to your specific lifestyle needs. So if getting organized is one of your New Year’s resolutions or lifestyle organization would help realize other resolutions, call 866-641-8958 (US) or 866-973-8221 (CAN) today to schedule a FREE, in-home consultation or go online to www.tailoredliving.com to find a designer near you.
Have a happy, beautiful and organized New Year!
Check out A Day in the Life of an Organized Person for more tips on starting your New Year organized!