Organize your 2019 digital photos. Print your favorites and put them in pictures or in an album for others to enjoy. Remove unwanted photos every month in 2020.
Commit to buy less. Look at books in the library instead of buying them. Borrow a tool from a neighbor. Consider buying sustainable substitutes for single-use items, such as snack bags and straws. Avoid buying “just because” to limit unnecessary and impulsive purchases. When shopping, go with specific items in mind and stay on your list.
Open and order the mail every day. Recycle items you don’t need and reserve bills to pay and items to file. Call three companies that send catalogs you never see and ask to be removed from their mailing lists.
Recycle your old electronic devices If you received updates during the holidays. Old phones and tablets can often be taken back to the retailer to be “cleaned” and recycled.
Identify your 10 or 12 favorite reusable bags and donate the rest. The reusable bag is clearly a more sustainable alternative to a single-use bag, but it is not necessary to buy 40 of them. Commit to not buying more handbags this year and use the ones you already have.
Make your bed every day. Achieving this little task will make you feel ready to take on other tasks. Also, it is nice to return home to a tidy room at night.
If you do not have a will or advance directives, make it a priority to enforce them. Without a will, you have no control over what happens to your finances and your minor children in the event of your death. An estate attorney can also help you write a power of attorney and a living will, sometimes referred to as “advance directives.” The durable power of attorney will grant the person you designate to take care decisions for you if you cannot make them yourself. A living will explains what type of medical treatment you want to receive at the end of your life.
Check your medicine cabinet and set aside expired medications for proper disposal. The National Drug Recovery Day is April 25. Search online for locations in your community where you can take old medications for safe disposal that day. This year, CVS locations across the country will also offer customers safe disposal options. Ask your pharmacist for more information.
Return online purchases that do not fit or that you do not like. Unreturned items and cardboard boxes can quickly fill a space. Also, you are basically throwing away the money you spent on the item unless you return it.
Get rid of six items in your kitchen that you have not used in the last year. Items can be devices you never use, glasses or cups you don’t need, or cookbooks that you never refer to.
Spend 15 minutes every day storing things or organizing a small space in your home. This could be ordering a kitchen counter, fixing a couple of drawers, organizing your refrigerator or deleting emails or photos.
Turn off your cell phone and other devices before 10 p.m. and sleep well at night. If you are tired, organizational tasks seem even more daunting. If you are well rested, you will be more productive and efficient in your home.
Buy smarter. Before buying something, make sure you don’t own it. Buy quality items that will last longer, not cheap things that you will probably remove shortly after purchase. Take the time to consider if you really need and want something before buying it.
Clean the 2019 archives, Recycle or shred old papers and create new folders by 2020 to keep track of incoming documents, including financial documents, school documents, home repairs, charitable contributions, etc.
Look closely at recent credit card bills. Verify that new rates are not added to your monthly bill and that interest rates have not changed. Also, take a few minutes to review your recurring charges and assess whether those expenses are still what you want to incur.
If you have a storage unit, resolve to empty it. It will be a great relief not to have all those things in your mind and you will be saving money.
At the end of each season, classify your clothes and shoes. Donate unwanted items within a week of removing them.
If you have a car, commit to keeping it free of clutter. Clean the trash regularly, and constantly do small cleanings.
Simplify your skincare and makeup routines. Many of us have too many products in our dresser and even lower than ever used. Get rid of unused cleansers and lotions, as well as all those travel items. Unopened products can be given to a shelter (call first to find out what they need) or to a friend or relative. Open bottles should be emptied and recycled if possible. Check your makeup to determine what you really need and get rid of the rest. Clean your makeup brushes too. Anything on your dresser that has an expiration date and that has significantly passed that date must also be removed.
Take inventory of your spices and discard any that have expired. Replace as necessary. Resolve to find a new recipe every month to use rarely used spices.