Oh hell-o, 2011. Let's open the year up with a quick poll:
A. Have you thought about doing a diet/cleanse/detox of some sort to kick off the year on a healthy note?
B. Have you decided 2011 is the year you become a, stair climbing, iron pumping, lean-mean-gym-going machine?
C. Will you be nicer this year?
D. Are you going to work harder this year?
E. All of the above.
The new year, new you philosophy is rejuvenating, and allows people to believe that, with this clean slate, anything is possible. I love it, and after all the drinking and eating that went into 2010's holiday season I have been feeling an intense need for a cleanse/detox of sorts. However, after unpacking an approximately 75 pound suitcase, I remembered that the real cleanse needed to happen in my closet/teeny tiny West Village apartment. So, what did I do? I packed another suitcase. Except, this one is not for vacay. Once again, I have weeded out my closet of the excess, and it's as mind clearing as any good detox (minus the yucky green lettuce juice, so really, everyone wins this way!)
Take a good look at your closets this month ladies and gents. I'm sure you have something that you either no longer fit in, or no longer wear (read: because it's heinous). The things that don't fit could potentially be money in your wallet if you just motivate yourself to get to a consignment store. Anything else belongs in a thrift shop or Salvation Army for people who are less fortunate than you. Some clothes have another fate. RIP my favorite jeans. After 3 years of wearing them at least three times a week, they found themselves in the garbage. After the last trip to the wash and fold, they returned with a three inch tear under each back packet. So long, old friend.
Reasons closet cleaning is the best new year's cleanse:
1. You make more space for all the new things you are going to buy this year.
2. You can potentially make some money off the exercise (unlike work out exercises where you usually have to pay to participate)
3. You can start the year off with good karma by helping others AND clearing your mind all at the same time.
In closing, give it a try. Let me know how it goes! If you're feeling overwhelmed, get in touch with me! Happy 2011!