In several cultures throughout the world, the start of the new year requires one to clean their home to get it ready for whatever comes next. In my family, it wasn’t a cultural tradition, but the effect of my mother’s love of spring-cleaning and wanting to do it all the time! It was always at least a little bit fun, playing music all through the house and singing along while throwing things in garbage bins. No matter who you are, there’s always something you can do to make your life a little bit more organized, so here are some tips for a good new year’s cleaning to ring in 2019.
This one is the most literal interpretation, but cleaning up your home is a great way to start 2019. Going through your wardrobe, clearing out your pantry, and taking out any garbage you’ve had accumulating will allow you to feel productive. You’ll be able to enjoy your newly-cleaned space, and anything in good condition that you don’t need anymore can be donated or swapped with others!
2018, for me, was a year that was weirdly busy. I felt like I never had a moment to sit still even when I was sitting still, because I was thinking about all the things I had to do. This year, I’m cleaning up my calendar by taking on less in my life. I want to be able to dedicate more time and energy to my parents, my boyfriend, and my friends, because they’re the people who matter the most. For me, this means I have to say no more often at work, and be more realistic with my own personal projects.
I spend a lot of money on things I don’t need, and while I’m a firm believer in the fact that wages should increase and that our financial situations are independent of how many lattes or avocado toasts we buy, I could stand to save money. Saving money in 2018 allowed me to go on three (very cheap, admittedly) vacations, and I want to be able to do that again in 2019. Spend more time making meals at home, I know I tend to spend most of my money on food.