New Year’s Resolutions: Start Planning for 2017

New Year’s Eve is this weekend and 2017 isn’t too far away. It’s that majestic time of the year when we get excited about making some major changes and allow ourselves to feel optimistic about the future. It’s when we get big ideas, make big plans and think about how we can improve upon the year we’ve just finished. It isn’t 2017 quite yet, but it’s close enough to start thinking about what we want to accomplish this year. Start with a few of these fun ideas for home projects, kitchen renovations and more with these Lakeside articles.

6 Things to Eat to Start the New Year Off Right

6 Things to Eat to Start Your New Year Off Right
As the year comes to an end, we focus on having a great party for New Year’s Eve, but New Year’s Day is reserved for starting over and making resolutions. There are traditional foods people eat for the holiday to bring them and their families luck and prosperity. Here are six things to eat to start your New Year off right.

New Year, New Home: Maintenance to Start Your New Year Safely
The yard is spotless and ready for snow, the pipes are insulated for the cold months ahead, and all the patio furniture has been packed up in the garage. But once you’ve crossed out everything on the pre-winter to-do list, it’s not over. Your home needs regular maintenance. Here are 5 ideas to help you start the year safely.

New Year's Eve: 5 Crafts to Get Kids Excited for a Fresh Start

New Year: 5 Crafts to Get Kids Excited for a Fresh Start
Just when you think the craziness of the holidays is over, here comes New Year’s Eve. In the middle of your post-holiday fatigue, it’s difficult to feel inspired with active minds and little hands to keep busy. Don’t stress–try out these five crafts to get the kids excited for a fresh start and keep them busy during their winter break.

Sprucing Up Your Kitchen for the New Year
From Thanksgiving to New Year’s and all the celebrations in between, your kitchen probably took a beating. It’s time to make some upgrades, so you can enjoy your time in there! Remove decorations, toss out holiday mail and start showing your kitchen some love! Here are a few ways to spruce up your kitchen this year.

New Year, New You: Resolutions to Get a Good Night's Sleep

New Year, New You: Resolutions to Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Every year, after we put away the holiday wreaths and Christmas tree toppers, we vow to change our ways to create a better life for ourselves. One thing we forget about or underestimate is the sleep that powers us to conquer each day. Big changes require energy. Here are four resolutions to get a better night’s sleep.

5 Tricks to Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions

new-year 2016 is nipping at our ankles! The new year presents an opportunity to us to make a fresh start and tackle all of the things we want to change about ourselves. But change and growth don’t happen without a little resistance. Keeping resolutions is tough, but there are a few ways to stick to them. Here are 5 tricks to keeping your New Year’s resolutions.

Accountability Being accountable to ourselves is a lot easier said than done and that’s why you should bring in a partner to help you reach your goals and you can help your partner reach her goal. Check in with each other daily to exchange notes on your progress and encourage each other to keep at it.

Baby Steps If you made a lot of resolutions, you may want to pare down your list to make it manageable. Having to change too many habits at once can be overwhelming. If there are a lot of behaviors you really want to eliminate, try splitting them up throughout the year. Start with three and when you’ve conquered those, move on to the next three. Or, start a new resolution cycle in July and make a goal to get yourself sorted by the time you start your holiday shopping again.

New-YearReminders If you’re serious about making changes, you have to remind yourself of what you need to do to succeed. Keep your resolution list handy. Read it in the morning to remind yourself how to conduct yourself throughout the day. At night, re-read the list to make sure you stayed on task. Keep doing this until it’s habit (it takes about 66 days to create a habit).

Don’t Be Too Hard On Yourself If you fail in the first few days of the new year, don’t give up! Give yourself a little room for mistakes. Creating new habits is hard. If you don’t make it through one day without engaging in your bad habits, start again the next day. It might take a few tries; it’s part of growing and developing better habits.

Focus on the Positive Try to stay positive. When you’re feeling discouraged about a resolution, think about how your life will change for the better if you keep your resolutions. When you get through a day without partaking in a bad habit, celebrate it! Reward yourself — but don’t replace one bad habit for another. For instance, if you want to quit smoking, don’t reward yourself with chocolate so that chocolate becomes your new habit. Try to make your rewards intangible.

The Lakeside Collection has products and ideas to make 2016 a great year! Whether you need storage solutions to keep your resolution is to keep a more harmonious home or you’re looking for ideas on de-cluttering, look to Lakeside to make this a fabulous year.New-Year