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New Year, new you, new start, new leaf, new resolutions

It’s out with the old and in with the new, new new… I am a firm believer that the beginning of a new year is an excellent time to take stock; to reflect on last year’s events and establish some new resolutions. Last year I used eight sub-headings to help me focus my thoughts:

Friends & Family, Relationships, Health & Fitness, Travel, Education & Self-Development, Spiritual, Finance and finally House & Home.

Establishing resolutions I could actually stick to was quite a challenge, so a friend and I sat down to do it together which made the task more fun! We committed our Resolutions to paper – I folded a piece of A4 into eighths (that’s in half, in half again and in half again!) and wrote a heading on each section. We made sure we reviewed it every few months throughout the year – we all know how much easier jobs are when you’ve got a helping hand. It is so rewarding to see how the changes I set out to make have had an impact.

Spring cleaning is a high priority in my House & Home section. As William Morris said ‘Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful’. Once Christmas has been packed away for another year, I go through each room and scan it. I make a focused effort to remove items that are no longer beautiful or useful, by recycling or taking things to charity where appropriate. Cold, wet afternoons are an ideal time to go through those cupboards and sort out those piles of paperwork; it really does make you feel so much better to have everything in order, and it will leave you with more time to work on your other Resolutions for 2013. Having a real blitz on jobs like these is immensely satisfying, so set aside the time to get the jobs done.

If you can complete a couple of the items on your list each month, in 12 months time you will feel you really have achieved. Here’s to accomplishing what you want in 2013.

Happy New Year!