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8 Simple Ways to Start the New Year Right

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Alyssa is a wife, mom, and coffee enthusiast who loves sharing her favorite lifestyle tips with the world.


The new year is officially upon us. It's time to put away the holiday decorations and decide on a few goals. While you are sipping your coffee trying to wake up in order to tackle all the tasks that await you, consider a few ways to set yourself for success this year.

I'm a big fan of the KISS Method and I like to apply it to all areas of my life. The following suggestions align with simplicity and will help you move forward into January feeling productive and uplifted.


1. Polish Your Boots

This is a task that often gets pushed aside, but now is the perfect time to take a look at your boots. Chances are they could use a little love. Grab out the polish, settle in on the floor, and get to work while you watch a movie or TV show. This is actually quite relaxing and will pay off when it's time to rock your favorite pair of boots.


2. Steam Clean

I love my hardwood floors, but they are often difficult to keep clean. This is especially true during the fall, winter, and spring seasons. Leaves, dry dirt clumps, and mud always find their way into my house. The weather hasn't exactly been cooperative either. Winter in Ohio has been more like a dreary fall or spring with a lot of rain.

The busy holiday season wasn't helpful either. Remnants of tinsel, fake snow from my flocked tree, and the bane of humanity's existence: glitter, were scattered around the house in a last attempt at holiday cheer as I put all the decorations away. Vacuuming isn't too tedious. I love my Shark, affectionately named Betty, and use it every day. However, I like to start the new year fresh and once I get in the rhythm, using the steam mop is incredibly satisfying and fun.

Why not take a few afternoon hours to steam clean the house? This is a wonderful idea if you've had guests over the holidays. Get rid of any lingering germs and start the year with a clean home.


3. Deep Clean Your Refrigerator

Does anyone truly enjoy cleaning the fridge? I know I don't, but the opportunity recently presented itself. Basically, I didn't have a lot in the fridge and was planning on grocery shopping within the next few days. It went quickly, as I employed my son to help, and we had a wonderful sense of accomplishment once we were finished. I'm actually happy we took the time because my in-laws stopped in for an impromptu visit.

It's past time to get rid of any holiday leftovers, so why not tackle this task now while you're at it? Once you're done, you'll have a better idea of what you need from the store and you'll have the room you need to store the items.


4. Organize Your Kitchen

Once you get started, the momentum becomes invigorating. After tackling the fridge, you might consider tackling the pantry and kitchen cupboards. Get rid of expired items, take stock of what you have, and get everything in order. If you're like me, you probably have cluttered countertops right now. Why not sort through everything and get those counters cleared? Clean, organized counters go a long way toward a clear and focused mind.


5. Clean The Coffee Pot And Washing Machine

It might be the start of a new year, but it's also the beginning of a new month. This is the ideal time to create a monthly habit of cleaning your coffee pot and washing machine. It's simple, easy, and will help lengthen the life span of your appliances.

For the coffee pot, run a few cups of vinegar through each cycle. I like to pour about 6 cups of distilled white vinegar into mine and I let it go through both regular and strong brew strengths. Once the coffee pot has cooled down, I follow it up with two cycles of water.

For the washing machine, I like to pour bleach into the Max tray and let it run through the self-clean cycle. Once that's done, I run the washer on a quick wash cycle to make sure there's no bleach residue left in the drum.


6. Care For Your Houseplants or Consider Getting A Plant

If you have plants in your house, take a little time to check on them. Do they need water? Do any of them need a little pruning? Are the leaves a little dusty and need wiped off? I love my houseplants and making my rounds is always a fun time. If you don't have any houseplants, maybe consider getting yourself one. I recommend that you do your homework before purchasing one, though. Make sure you can give the plant all that it needs and that your home will be a good environment for it.


7. Simplify Your Skincare Routine

Caring for your skin is important, but it doesn't have to be complicated. If you have any concerns, I highly recommend visiting a dermatologist. Otherwise, take a look at the products you currently use. If you have an expensive, multi-step routine, you might consider scaling back. Trying to start a new routine? Do a little research about your skin type and try just a few products. The most important thing is consistency. Develop a routine you can stick with and your skin will thank you for it.


8. Clean Out Your Closet And Dresser

A great way to start the year is by cleaning out your closet and dresser. This is especially true if you received clothes as a gift or if you got a gift card to a clothing store. Take stock of what you have, consider donating the clothes you never wear, and organize everything in a way that works for you.


© 2022 Alyssa

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