5 Ways to Start Fresh this New Year

5 January 2015

New Year, New You! Not really, but you can still start out 2015 on the right track! I've rounded up 5 ways to help you start fresh now that it's finally a new year. Of course it's never too late to do any of these things, the beginning of 2015 is just a good excuse to.

Over an entire year you tend to accumulate a lot of stuff. New clothing that you were going to wear, books you are totally going to read, a novelty mug, a fluffy pen, multiple dust bunnies. But no need to fret! Now is the time to clear all that stuff out so that you can start your collecting all over again.
Declutter Your Closet
Start by going through and taking out everything that you no longer like, no longer fits you, or is damaged (you were totally going to learn to sew and fix that hole though). Donate it, sell it, bin it. Get rid of it.  Tidy your closet up. Arrange it by colour, season, arm length, however you want. Just make it a little bit easier to rummage through on a Monday morning. What remains in your closet hanging, turn the clothes hanger around so it's facing towards you, (rather then to the back of your closet) and after a certain amount of time, the end of the season or even the year, all the things that haven't been turned back around, AKA worn at all, girl they gotta go.

A good habit. Start your day with a sun salute, or a green tea. Make it a daily thing. Allow a little time for yourself. Actually floss daily. Those kinds of habits.
Start a Skincare Regime
Wash your face when you wake up. Use a face wash that isn't going to clog your pores or take away too much of your natural skin oils. Clear away anything you have missed with a toner. Apply any eye creams, anti-ageing lotions and/or pimple treatments. Then lock in all in with a good moisturiser. I use one with an SPF+ to give my skin some regular daily protection from the sun.

If you are an absolute wreck, if you're constantly late for things, double booking yourself and are generally a mess. Now's the time to fix that, girl you gotta get organised.
Use a Calendar/Planner/Diary/Phone
My favourite thing to use is my phone calendar. My iPhone is kind of my life, my personal assistant. It has my yearly planner basically, all my work shifts, general events, birthdays, reminders, to do lists. Plus it syncs with my desktop computer and my iPad. I always have at least one on me, so if I'm asked if I am free on a certain day, boom I can tell you in one moment. I can set myself alarms to wake up for all of the week, for all the different times I have work. I also use a cute calendar for both cuteness, and quick glances can tell me what days I have plans.

Get yourself a planner, start using your phone calendar, use whatever form you like and that will keep you motivated to keep using. This is the year you get your shit together!

I made 6 resolutions this year, and if I want them to be fulfilled then I can start making some goals and plans that will help me achieve them. Such as buy a bike, I can find one that I want, and start a savings plan towards finally owning that bike, and then I will aim to fulfil the goal of actually riding my bike around the city. 
Create a List of Goals
Each resolution will have a few mini goals that will all combine when you're done to help achieve the main resolution at hand! If your resolution is to lose weight, think about what can help you do that. Find a fitness buddy, start eating more fruit, go on a walk 4 times a week. The goals can be as big or small or as challenging as you want them to be, as long as they help you on the way to completing your main resolution!

Yawn. Is it 12pm and you've only just got out of bed? Or maybe it's 3am and you're thinking jeez maybe I should probably sleep soon. These are signs that you should fix your sleeping pattern.

Go to Bed
I understand if you have to stay up late to work, or to finish assignments on a daily basis, your sleeping pattern can go down the toilet. If you don't have a regular routine then it's really easy to slip into a late nights late mornings kinda of sleeping ritual, which can be annoying for you and your family. You're groggy during the day, you wide eyed at night. Set a constant wake up time, even if you're still a bit sleepy get up anyway. (preferably do this on a day off) Set yourself with a regular bedtime. Life is pretty all over the place so obviously you can't wake up and go to bed at the same time everyday but do you really want to be sleeping your life away? 

Thanks for reading everyone! I hope everyone is having a great start to the new year! I am so excited for 2015! I think it's going to be great!
Cya ! xx


  1. Thank you for awesome tips..

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  2. What a great inspirational post! My sleep patterns are awful! Already started on my closet yesterday though!

    Lucy x

  3. Such a great post! Perfect timing as well - back to college today. I'm focusing on getting more organized this year.


  4. This made me laugh because I am totally that person that keeps things for years because one day I'm sure I will sew up the holes or reattach the buttons! Loving your blog - wish I had found it sooner! x ChicStrawberry x

  5. Amazing post and these all happen to be my resolutions anyway haha.

    Lovely blog <3

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  6. I actually felt really good while reading your post as I feel that I am on the right track. Yesterday I decluttered all the makeup I accumulated over the year, throwing out some and reorganizing everything and have also started on drinking more water and less soda. Hopefully I'll stick to my latest habit of drinking more water, it's doing me lots of good!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  7. i really need to de-clutter, the wardrobe tip is a great help

  8. Very good tips! I just had a de-clutter and feel so much better after it :) I also need to get a lot better with my skin care. I just don't do it enough! xx


  9. Working on sleeping pattern, but my sister is ignoring that fact -_- :D anyway, like your advices :)


  10. Great post :)
    The clutter clear out is definitely something that I am doing and need to continue to do, I don't even want to think about how much stuff I have taken to charity shops the past month!

    Leanne - A Slice of My Life

  11. really good tips, i definitely need to declutter a lot more and drinking green tea every morning is something i've always meant to do but never seem to commit!

    xx danielle // shades of danielle // bloglovin

  12. I am doing all of these fro your list, except the last one.. the new year started for me with a constant insomnia. I think mostly from the excitement:))

    Oly | TLV Birdie Blog

  13. Terrific post dear....... even i have started working on my new year resolutions :D

  14. Getting organised is on my list too. :)


  15. Great List. I really need to fix my sleeping habits!

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  17. You have such a lovely blog! Love the design :) I definitely need to get myself into a better sleeping routine. I spend way too much time on my Mac so my brain doesn't have enough time to wind down. I'd like to plan better as well, especially when it comes to the run up to my exams!

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  18. I love the idea of switching around the hangers so you know what you haven't worn over the course of the year! My problem is I am constantly cleaning things out of my apartment...only to put them in my garage! My apartment looks nice and organized but my garage is quickly turning into "Hoarders"!

    PS I LOVE your blog it's SO CUTE! Will be following!


  19. Funny thing is I need to work on ALL of this. But my sleeping sucks I feel like that is the most important one for me!

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  20. Great post! And absolutely great blog! :D I really like your way of writing and your layout!
    Regarding your post I really need to look into my sleeping habits. It's absolutely out of control after a few weeks of Holiday

  21. Great tips! That turn-the-hanger around thing is GENIUS. I've never thought of it before. To be honest, I'm also scared to try it because I know how much of my clothes I really don't wear, and I'm already unable to part with them.

    I've got a problem. Working on it. Lol.

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  22. Great post! I need to organise more stuff but unfortunatelly I'm right now living in a country where even at university people have problems with timekeepingl And I definitely must work with my sleep pattern :)

  23. Cleaning out the clutter & finding a better sleeping schedule are absolutely on my list. Essential!

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  24. this was so helpful!!!! thanks for sharing! x


  25. I love your blog so much,your writing style,blog design,everything about it is perfect! xx

  26. get organised - that is definitely something i need to do this year!
    Thanks for the helpful tips!

  27. Love your blog! You look amazing xx

    Magdalina | magdalinamsk.blogspot.com

  28. Clearing out clutter is something I have been doing a lot, I still have more to do though! These are all great ways to start the new year!

    Rebecca Coco

  29. Some great tips. Getting organised is number one for me!


  30. Such a good post and simple tips you easily overlook! I try to regularly clear out the clutter and getting organized; fixing your sleep patterns is an awesome one I need to stick to :)

  31. Hi Tegan! I just found your blog, and it is just gorgeous! Love your layout and everything :)
    This post was great, thanks for including links to other helpful posts. I definitely need to start getting more organized and use a planner, the thing is though, I always just get lazy and abandon it halfway through the year. I highly agree with the skincare regime one, my skin would be so bad without it!

    Sheri | Behind The Frames

  32. Love this post & your blog hun xx

    Abi | abistreetx.blogspot.co.uk

  33. Such a great post Tegan! I definitely need to work on my sleeping pattern to be healthier in 2016 I've been running throughout December and I'm hoping to keep that up in the new year too x



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