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The first few weeks of a new year are a great time to organize, clean, and prep for the months ahead. There are different tasks and lists that you can tackle to set yourself up for success in your home and in the workplace. Some of these you should do throughout the year, to keep things maintained and running smoothly, so make a note of that! If you have to, physically put it on your calendar so you stay on top of things, nothing wrong with a reminder!
One of the things I love to do is clean out the fridge and pantry. Yes, that means looking at those expiration dates and asking yourself why you even have 7 cans of XYZ, but it’s important to do it. You’ll feel better about your food storage spaces, get them organized, and know what you have on hand for easy meals. Make a list of pantry items and tape it to the inside of the door. This way, you’ll have a record of the shelf-stable items you have like sauces, pasta, rice, beans and can use those to build a meal plan (if you do that), or just limit how much you spend at the grocery because you already have those items and likely forgot about them.
Go through ALL of the clothes, coats, scarves, hats and gloves you have in the house. Pull everything out from their bins, closets, under the bed, and actually go through it. Try on things and sort out what needs donated and what you plan to keep and then actually put them away. You don’t really need 10 scarves and 4 pairs of gloves, you don’t need too small t-shirts and 800 random socks. Trust me. Do it for the whole family and don’t forget to take note of the new clothes that came in at the holidays!
Start gathering tax papers you will need and get them into a folder. If you are a business owner, you should make this a monthly task that you do to be better prepared for tax season. It’s okay, you can start anytime though. Keep it somewhere safe, but get in the habit of adding anything you will need, copies of things, etc. This is also a good time to fire up the paper shredder! There is something really satisfying about shredding papers you no longer need. Don’t let your shred pile build up, put this in your calendar to do at the end of every month and just take care of it. Too often do we say “Oh, I’ll do it later” and then low and behold, we don’t do it.
That mentality makes me think of how often we clean our devices and computers. I’m not talking about actually cleaning them and wiping the screens and keyboards (which I need to be better about myself), but the insides. The beginning of the year is the perfect time to do a thorough cleaning of files and temporary files stored on your computer. This is not something you have to do manually (uhm, I wouldn’t even know where to begin), but you run a program like Cleaner One Pro.
Running a program like Cleaner One Pro (available for Windows or Mac) while you do things around the house is the perfect way to “refresh” your laptop or computer. While you work on other tasks, Cleaner One Pro will free up disk space, and my favorite – identify and remove duplicate photos! This is a great background task to keep your computer running smooth, freeing up disk space improves your device and helps keep it secure.
We’re so quick to do things around the house to clean, to refresh and organize but don’t forget about the devices we rely on! As a business owner or blogger, keeping these things running fast and keeping them secure should be a top priority. Run Cleaner One Pro as often as you’d like, but make it a habit. While you shred papers, let it run in the background. While you fold laundry, let it run. It doesn’t require attention from you so it’s the perfect “refresh” task.
These are all great habits and new year actions that you can take to keep things organized and just set yourself up for success. What else would you add?