Do you start out the New School Year with School Year Resolutions?
Things generally change in most households around August and September. If you have children, it’s time for them to go back to school and get back into a structured routine that includes homework and other activities. Even if you don’t have children, the end of summer signifies the end of “lazy days” and the kickoff of a busier time of year. It’s a new beginning for many and we have a lot to do before those leaves start to turn their magnificent fall colors.
There are a few things you can do to get your new beginning off to a good start. First, do a spring cleaning and maintenance. Technically, if it’s done in the fall it should be called a fall cleaning and maintenance, but it’s still a great time to do it. Flip mattresses, wax floors, check smoke detector batteries, have the chimney cleaned, get the tires rotated on the car…all that sort of thing that only gets done once or twice a year. If you have paperwork and receipts that need to be sorted, the fall is a good time to do that too since the holiday season falls at the end of the year and we all get so busy. While you’re at it, if you see something you haven’t used in a year, put it in a box to deal with later.
Now that you’re all cleaned up, take that box out and go through it. Decide whether you want to donate, sell, or throw it out. Women’s shelters, daycares, and community centers are great places to donate gently used items. They’re usually more than happy to give you a receipt for a tax deduction too! Want to sell it? Check out some of those online garage sale sites for some quick and easy cash, or go the traditional eBay route.
If your kids are gone for the entire day (or semester) and you have few distractions, all that cleaning, sorting, and selling will be done before you know it. So what’s next?
How about your life? Do you have some changes you’d like to make? There is no better time to reevaluate things than the present. Join a gym, learn to coupon, take a class, find a new hobby, or start that DIY project you’ve always wanted to try. Maybe you’ve considered volunteering somewhere. Why not do it now? The more you put things off, the less likely you are to ever do them.
The best part of making a new beginning in the fall is that you’re already ahead of the game in January. When everyone else is struggling to put everything back together after a month of madness, you’ll have less to do and more time for your new hobby!
Do you have a “School Year Resolution”? If so, what is it?