Your New Year total detox plan

Considering a healthy makeover for your body? Why not give everything from your home to your handbag a ‘detox’ while you’re at it? Here’s how…

After over-indulging in the party season January is the ideal time to detox - less treats and more exercise. It leaves us feeling fitter to take on the New Year. But what if we could go further and give our whole life a clear out? Why not try these nifty ideas and get yourself in seriously good shape for spring?

10 things to detox
1. Detox your body

Do you usually struggle to stick to your fitness regime, even when New Year's resolutions are still ringing in your ears? It's time to try something new.

TIP Pick a time in your daily schedule that you find it easiest to keep free for exercising at home, in the park or at the gym, then find an activity that suits that time of the day. Sticking to the same schedule each day makes keeping the habit a lot easier.

READ MORE Check out our tips to find the best new work out for you and change your strategy for a fitness win.

Detox your mind

Meditation can be a brilliant way to clear out the junk we worry about day in day out. Never tried it before? Check out our new feature all about 5 beginner's steps to meditation.

TIP When you are ready to make time to sit down somewhere comfortable, chill out and meditate, choose a space in your home which isn't cluttered or too noisy. For example, if you can hear the washing machine chugging away when you're on your sofa, head for the bedroom!

READ MORE Our article on How to read your body's signs of stress has been really popular and is a great way to take stock of what your mind really needs.

Detox your home

It's tempting to put off a big tidy up until your spring clean, but after the holidays our homes are usually bunged up with boxes and mess. A tidy room instantly makes you feel better, so when it's too wet or cold to go outside, why not tackle some of that clutter?

TIP Keep a box by the front door for items you don't need that could go to charity. Every time it's full, bag the things up and drop them off at your local thrift shop, keeping the box in your hall ready to fill up again.

READ MORE Not ready to chuck everything away? Try our seven smart storage solutions. Then once it's looking tidier, try a these exciting new decorating ideas

Detox your handbag

Be kind to your back and treat that over-heavy handbag to a clear out. It's amazing how much we accumulate but a 10-minute sort can leave us with a sleeker, better looking bag and greatly improved chances of finding our keys when we want them.

TIP Stick to one of everything, and collect together little things like lip balm, tissues and hand cream in one cute little purse so they don't get loose and mucky in the bottom of your bag.

READ MORE Try our detox your make-up bag suggestions for slimming down your beauty products to only the most effective must-haves

Detox your spending

After Christmas we all tend to tighten our belts, but how easy is it to keep up your good spending habits? Set aside one evening to write down a list of all your household income and outgoings. By simply mapping it all out you can start to get a better picture of what will help keep your finances in check.

TIP From food shopping to buying new clothes, just a little planning ahead can help, so check out our savvy shopping tips.

READ MORE When you want to plan your household finances, our article Are you spending more than you earn? How it adds up is a great place to start.

Detox your social life

Have you slumped into a routine of going to the same old places? Or worst still, do you never even get out to see friends that often? It's time to give your free time a facelift!

TIP Use the New Year to get stuck into a new hobby. Whether it's just something that you find relaxing or you want to learn a new skill, read on for tips on how to motivate yourself to try something new.

READ MORE Catching up with friends at home is a fun way to make the most of the detox season. Here's how to host a pampering party.

Detox your wardrobe

Are the rails in your cupboards groaning with clothes that you haven't worn in years? Over-filled wardrobes make it easy for moths to thrive among rarely touched jumpers and those dresses you really love are much more likely to get crumpled and spoiled. A good clear out will not only make it easier to find outfits each morning but also help you focus on what you really want when the spring fashions hit the shops.

TIP If you hate throwing good clothes away, why not do a clothes swap with your mates? It's a fun night in, you're recycling and you get a new look for nothing! Find out how to hold a swap party.

READ MORE Before starting a major bedroom overhaul, check out our useful tips for a Total wardrobe clean out.

Detox your job

Giving your job a makeover can do wonders not only for your bank balance but also boost your confidence and have a positive impact on your home life.

TIP If you want to go back to work after having children, you're hoping to change careers or just look for a new job in a field you already know, it's good to map out your end goals before you start to put plans in motion. Get your career ideas in order by reading making the move to a new job.

READ MORE If changing jobs sounds like too big a challenge for you right now, it's still worth making sure you're earning what you deserve.

Detox your diet

If you're exercising more, then it's the ideal time to declutter your diet too. In winter when we're all stuck indoors more often, eating is a common way to overcome boredom, but it's worth at least keeping nibbles as healthy as possible. For inspired ideas, check out our savvy snacks.

TIP Keep a food diary for a week and you'll quickly spot the times when you're eating more than you need to.

READ MORE Many improvements to your diet can be made easily without dramatic calorie cuts! Find out how to shape up your eating habits.

Family time

It's so easy to spend all your time at home doing chores while the kids get on with homework or see their mates. But just think how good it feels when you're away on holiday and you all get a bit of down time together. Why not make time to do the same every weekend, all year round? Check out our features on easy ways to spend quality time with your other half, your daughter and your son.

READ MORE Getting stuck into little projects together can give you the perfect chance to spend more time with kids and teenagers: Family-time things to do in a weekend.


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