The simple act of changing a calendar year often heralds a time of renewal. Many people take this chance to start fresh and change things which they have not been happy with in the previous year. While some things cannot be changed, such as medical issues and the nagging car repairs that come at the most inopportune times, there are many things about our lives that we can change when we set our minds to the task.
Many people set out to celebrate the New Year by making resolutions which they really don’t have any real desire to keep going throughout the year. If you have ever been in a health club or gym in January, then you know how many people can be there that you will never see again come February. It would be funny, if it were not so sad. The key to making your New Year’s resolutions and having them become reality in your life is to start small and really dedicate yourself to what you want to change in your life. If you are overweight, or even simply want to get into better shape, start with eating better and walking around your own neighborhood before you shell out the big money for a membership to a gym.
Another good way to celebrate the New Year is to take the opportunity to clean out and purge your living quarters. It is very common to bring home your gifts from holiday celebrations and then have nowhere to put them. By doing some de-cluttering and purging you can have space for all of your new treasures and make some nice donations of your unused items as well. Two of the best places to get rid of your unwanted items are through your local thrift store or freecycle.org. Thrift stores will generally take just about anything which they can re-sell to others. With freecycle.org you send out an e-mail to your local area and the person interested in what you have to offer will come pick-up your unwanted items. Both your thrift store and freecycle.org are good ways to keep your unwanted items out of the landfill. This is also a good time to clean out your pantry. After organizing the living areas of your home, move into the kitchen and go through all of your cabinets taking an inventory of what is in each of them. If you find items that have been purchased in surplus, consider making a donation to a local food pantry. People who buy goods in bulk often find that they have plenty to give half to a local food pantry while keeping the rest for themselves.
In addition to the suggestions above, it is always a good idea to look at the New Year as a time of renewal and a time when you can make changes to your life. However, rather than having lofty resolutions which you cannot keep, start small and make goals to change things over the next year or even longer. By making realistic goals you can change the things in your life that you choose to.