So here we are, that awkward few days between boxing day and new year. The leftovers have been eaten, the presents opened, the sales exhausted yet we still have new year looming over our heads.
I tend to spend this time trailing around depleted sales after my enthusiastic friends desperately searching my purse for non-existent Christmas money with my left hand and presenting my phone to the shop ceiling like Simba the lion with my right in an attempt to connect to the various ‘open’ Wifi services. I then return home to yet another leftover turkey dish which become progressively less and less like the roasted bird we enjoyed all that time ago as the days go by.
However, this year I have decided to use these days more productively. Why must we subject ourselves to the disappointment of an empty purse or the embarrassment of realising you are 2p short just before the counter and having to give your place up to another bargain hungry, dead-eyed shopper? Well, the answer to that is we do not have to. This year I have avoided shops, dodged sales and restrained from dipping into my savings.
Nevertheless, we cannot spent this period of time simply wrapped up in blankets, gorging on the left over Christmas chocolates. No, we must use this time to prepare for the new year, and here’s how to do it;
- Clean out your wardrobe. VERY IMPORTANT. We must dispose of the fashion mistakes we have collected through the year and make way for Christmas clothes and, well, new year means new lines! (However, make sure any clothes that can still be worn go to charity shops, not the bin!)
- Plan a new years ever party. What could brighten up this time more than planning a party? However, if like me, you don’t want the stress of hosting a party or you are not old enough then plan something smaller. Just have a few friends over for pizza and a movie or a sleepover.
- Do some internet shopping. If, unlike me, you have managed to save some Christmas money, do some sales shopping in the comfort of your own home. This is a great thing to do after cleaning out your wardrobe as you can plan what you need and make sure you only buy things you will wear.
- Do something besides shopping. Gasp. I know it’s winter and there’s not a great deal of things to do but be creative. Go ice-skating, get wrapped up and go for a winter walk on the beach, go to a friends house and do some baking, buy an all day bus ticket and see where the route takes you, I don’t know, just anything but sales shopping!
- If you’re a girl, go through your makeup and hair stuff and try out some new styles using what you already have. Honestly, you’ll be surprised by what’s been lurking in your drawers all year!
- Finally, do your Christmas homework. Yes I know it’s a chore, believe me, but you’ll be able to relax for the rest of the holidays and it’ll avoid any ‘it’s 10 o’clock and that massive project is due tomorrow oh *bad word*’ moments.
So that’s how I’ll be spending the next few days. I hope this was helpful in someway.. maybe?
Happy new year!
Thanks for reading!x