The first week of the new year is a great time to get a few things done around the house to set you up for a happy, healthy, and wealthy new year. Doing them at this time makes it so easy to remember.
Clean out the Refrigerator
Cleaning the fridge can help you save money because you will see what it holds and you can plan some meals around these items so you don’t waste them. Identify everything in the refrigerator and toss old food, anything that smells weird or has grown hair, and condiments you don’t remember opening. Take note of what your family seems to like or not so you don’t continue to buy food you end up throwing out.
Wipe down the inside surfaces and drawers with Lysol wipes and some elbow grease. Decide how you can use the items that remain this week. Get out the veggies and clean and/or cook them. If you have carrots, celery, cucumber, peppers, green beans, radishes, broccoli, etc., try cleaning cleaning and cutting them and putting it out for your family to snack on. Even if you have to bribe them with Ranch dressing! Check out this previous refrigerator stocking post.
Take a Freezer Inventory
Organizing your freezer can save you time and money. Inventory your items and use what you already have to plan meals for the month. Make a note on your calendar on the day you need to to take an item out of the freezer so it can safely defrost (generally 2 days or so). Are there a lot of frozen veggies in the freezer that you can’t remember buying? Make a big pot of soup. Use frozen or fresh veggies, a can of tomatoes, and some broth. You can throw in lots of odds and ends you find while cleaning.
Organize and De-Junk the Pantry
Yup. It’s the new year. Go through the pantry and identify any foods that won’t help you to achieve your health goals. If you don’t want to toss them, try to think of a person you could give them to or just refrain from purchasing replacements once they are gone. Take note of the ingredients you have that you can pair with the food in the refrigerator and freezer. Do you have beans, barley, quinoa, etc.? Can you identify ingredients to put together for meatless meals? Adding one or two meatless meals to your week saves money and can improve your health. Make a list of healthy items to buy.
For more money saving ideas, check out a previous post on clearing your pantry and saving money.
Clean and De-Germ a Few Things
The first week of the new year is also a great time to repeat some of the small tasks you may have performed in the Spring that can help to keep your family healthy this winter.
Clean Makeup Brushes
Makeup brushes are supposed to be cleaned weekly. Seriously? Can you remember the last time you cleaned these important tools? Do it now so it will be easy to remember the last time you cleaned them. Click here to see the necessary steps. Try to keep wooden handles dry.
Brush your Dog’s Teeth
Invest in some yummy doggie toothpaste (don’t use yours – it is poisonous to dogs) and scrub your dogs teeth. If you do this a few times a week, you can definitely prolong the amount of time between expensive dental cleanings at the vet. Learn more here.
Get Rid of Junk
Clutter is an energy vampire and living with it can sap your energy and make you feel bad. If it was too hard to find time during the busy holiday season to confront the clutter, do it now. Is there a room you walk into that your first inclination is to turn and run? Walk around your house with a big laundry basket and pick up the things you are tired of looking at. Some of them might just be out of place and you can return them to their rightful spot. But aren’t there a lot of things you really don’t use or want? Donate or sell them and get the stuff out of your house. You will notice an energy boost!
Consider your goals and take one step in the right direction.
Lastly, take a deep breath and relax. Have a happy, healthy, and wealthy new year!