by Kiku Reidhead
"New Year's Day is every man's birthday."
"Every man should be born again on the first day of January. Start
with a fresh page. Take up one hole more in the buckle if necessary, or
let down one, according to circumstances; but on the first of January
let every man gird himself once more, with his face to the front, and
take no interest in the things that were and are past."
-Henry Ward Beecher
Here are MIX!'s tips for simple ways to make a fresh start this year. Take a step forward, change things up, and live fresh!
1. Rearrange your furniture. This is an easy way to
change things up. Simply rearranging furniture will help you switch up
your routine and help you feel like things are really changing.
2. Clean your closet(s). Finding time to clean is
difficult - especially when the area you need to clean is hidden. Open
up your closets and pantries and clean! You will be surprised to see
what's been hiding in there! You might even rearrange things to create a
new organizing system.
3. De-junk and donate. This step goes right along
with number 2. When you find things you don't want anymore, throw them
away or donate them. Convince yourself to part with decorations or
clothing items that you keep "just in case". De-junking and
de-cluttering can actually give a whole new outlook on your living
4. Clean up your computer. How many old icons do you
have on your desktop? Or how many files have you saved in random folders
and are now almost impossible to find? Take a few minutes each day to
organize your computer. Delete any files or programs you don't need or
5. Break an old habit. Humans are creatures of habit -
both good and bad. Find a bad habit, even one like biting your nails or
never eating breakfast, and make a plan to break it. It sounds like a
new year's resolution, but it doesn't have to be big or drastic. Finally
breaking a bad habit will make all the difference in your daily routine
and how you feel about yourself.
6. Create a new habit. On the flip side, creating a
new habit is a great idea! Find something you've always wanted to do -
like writing in your journal everyday or saving money for a road trip
this summer - and just do it! Make a plan and goals to make it stick...
and then probably some reminders too. Don't abandon your plan until the
habit's, well, a habit.
8. Reconnect with an old friend. Social media, cell
phones and e-mail don't just exist for entertainment - they exist to
connect us with people! Find an old friend you've been wanting to catch
up with and send them a message, a note to let them know you've been
thinking about them, or an invitation to go out to lunch.
9. Mix up your menu. When you take your grocery
shopping trips, replace your routine groceries with a few new items or
ingredients. You can also try cooking new dishes or try a new
restaurant. When you're on campus, try eating at a different location
for lunch (after all, there are over 15 different choices!). The
smallest changes in eating will feel like big changes in your routine.
10. Eat healthier. As we mentioned in number 9, small
changes in eating habits will make a big difference in the way you
feel. So, we suggest that you try to eat healthier. Start small by
adding a few veggies to each meal or cutting out a few sweets. In the
end you will feel like a better, fresher you in body, mind, and spirit!
As a closing thought, take Ralph Waldo Emerson's advice as you create a new start for yourself:
"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could."
Be happy with what you did that day, your new outlook on life, and
look forward to the next day when you can try new things all over again!