Everyone knows all about New Year Resolutions. Let’s talk about weird (yet productive) tasks that really get a midlife New Year started on the right foot.
Goals, productivity, and schedules sure take a backseat with me during the holidays. I limp along just trying to fit in all the Christmas fun of cookie baking, card addressing, gift shopping, present wrapping, and church attending. Self-discipline is just not one of my talents in December.
I love how the New Year sets up the perfect backdrop to recharge, refocus, and recommit. While most people are familiar with the traditional and popular New Year Resolutions: lose weight, exercise more, read more, give more, etc.; I bet you haven’t considered any of my weird (yet productive) ways to start the New Year off on the right foot:
Why do I pick these weird (yet productive) tasks to start off the New Year?
- Get rid of germs
- Make room for a New Year of adventure
Purge: In the Bathroom: I do a thorough tossing of old make-up, nail polish (what color was that supposed to be?), lotions, and samples of stuff I wanted to try but never got around to using in the past year. Did you know that germs begin to accumulate with these items after they’ve been opened just 3 months? If I’m not regularly using these products, out they go.
In the Kitchen: First in the trash? Any and all leftover holiday goodies. It’s hard to do and I hesitate with each sugary goodness I need to toss out, but if I want to be serious about returning to a healthier lifestyle, I have to be vigilant here. I also do a quick overview of expiration dates and get rid of any item that has an expiration date over 2 months.
In the Closet: The New Year is the perfect time to weed out any clothes and shoes that don’t fit well or that I haven’t worn in the last year. I take them to my favorite charity, Deseret Industries, where they can be reused and help others.
Replace Personal Items: I signed up for a service to have a new toothbrush delivered every 3 months from Preserve—a Certified B Corporation that uses their business for good. Their products are made in the USA, BPA free and mostly made from recycled items. Toothbrushes are famous for harboring icky germs so having it automatically delivered is a great reminder to change it out. Starting the New Year with a new toothbrush and a new razor is invigorating for these necessary tasks.
Clean Make-up Brushes: Another germy surface. First, I rinse the brushes in warm water then I spray generously with a professional brush and sponge cleaner. I work the spray in to the bristles then rinse thoroughly in warm water. After patting them dry, I let the brushes air dry completely before putting them away.
Whiten Teeth. Getting older naturally means teeth yellow – no matter how good of a brusher you are. I use a professional grade whitening agent that I got from my dentist along with a specially made mold that was made for my teeth. Using over-the-counter tooth whitening products can also make a difference. This process keeps my teeth white for 3 months before I need to repeat the process. Since a smile is your best asset, having white teeth is a real confidence booster.
Anything earlier than December 15 gets deleted because they don’t have any relevance in the New Year anyway. Another thing I do is unsubscribe from accounts I don’t have an interest in any more, especially those I just opened to order Christmas presents from. This little task helps to keep my emails down as I regroup in the New Year. And to make sure my emails don’t get crazy in the New Year, I follow these handy tips to Get Emails to Zero from Power of Moms.
It takes me the first week of the New Year to complete these weird (yet productive) tasks. By the first Saturday in January, I am cleaned out, feeling lighter and definitely less stressed out as I start a New Year of possibilities. And man, does it feel good!!
Do you have any weird (yet productive) routines that you follow at the start of a New Year?