30 Days to Awesome!

This awesome article i’m about to share with you was torn out of an issue of Real Simple from January 2007. I’ve torn it out, and kept it all this time, and with good reason! It was originally written by Lisa Ann Smith and Elizabeth Wells (giving credit where credit is due,) but i’ll shorten and modify it for you all.  I’ll even add a few of my own…

So we can all admit that making a giant to do list, wish list, or a list of new years resolutions can be extremely daunting. When you don’t loose those last 25 pounds that you were trying to sweat off in a month, or take that trip to Italy, you can get a little discouraged, can you not? But when you make a smaller list, with tasks that seem simple to complete, the gratification of crossing them off that little list of paper is like finding money in an old pair of jeans. I have an OCD for making lists. I would carry a pad of paper around with me and make a new list every day, sometimes five… I like to feel accomplished when I do something little like clean the fridge, pick up the paper, and mail that card, and I love to cross things off. So here is a list of things you can do, one a day, for a month, not only feeling accomplished, but gaining something awesome every day!

  1. Write a letter to someone who won’t expect it. Come on, you have stamps laying around and at least 15 minutes a day where you sit there wondering what to do. So pick up a pen, some paper, and tell someone you are grateful they are in your life
  2. Enlist everyone in your household to speed clean one area. Throw on some tunes, and set a box for donations, trash, and one for things to keep. Assign everyone to something little like a drawer, or shelf in a closet. Just make sure if you are having kids help, to double check their items, so they don’t toss something you want!
  3. Empty your Email in box. Delete and or file away your mail. Compartmentalizing items will clear your mind and make it easy to do it in the future.
  4. Take photos of all your valuables for insurance purposes. We all can only hope our homes or apartments don’t get destroyed by a natural or un natural disaster, but you can never be too safe!
  5. I know this sounds CRAZY, but you should toss your super old liquors that’s been hanging around forever. You can try creating new drinks with a hubby or friends one night to use them up if you want. A lot of alcohols will last for a long time, but liquors with flavors can go bad.
  6. Try one new food!
  7. Donate money to your favorite charity. Visit www.justgive.org and check out different categories of charities.
  8. Take all those random CD’s you have laying in your car, kitchen drawers, office desk, and old backpacks and finally put them on your computer and even onto an MP3 player. So much easier to carry around!
  9. Buy a few lint rollers for every entrance of the house. You will feel so much better leaving the house every day knowing you don’t look like you are running a homeless animal shelter.
  10. Schedule yourself a day off of work for no reason.
  11. Program five important numbers into your cell phone, like your favorite pizza place, family doctor, movie theater, and so on so you don’t have to keep looking them up. Better yet, if you have a smartphone, get Yelp and Flixster for easy food and movie searches.
  12. Swap music. Switch MP3 players with your sister, boyfriend, or mother for the day. You’ll (hopefully!) discover some cool new things, and learn more about the other person. (Your boyfriend likes Fergie!? Who knew?)
  13. Clean your kitchen. I mean REALLY clean it! Scrub the oven, sink, mop the floor and throw out your old tin foil covered mystery food in the back of your fridge for once. Heck, jam out to your favorite 80’s tunes if that gets you motivated. Throw on a little MJ. I won’t tell anyone. Seeing, (and smelling) that sparkly clean kitchen will motivate you to keep it that way.
  14. Make your own trail mix by using the last bits of cereals laying around, pretzel bits, nuts, and raisins. You can even add things like chocolate chips from the baking cupboard, and those mini marshmallows you have no use for.
  15. Create a “Best of 2011” tally sheet. Check different sites for the best rated books, music, and movies. Then check them out!
  16. Clear all your expired food from the refrigerator. How long have you had that teriyaki sauce, anyways? And where did those mustard packets come from?
  17. Create a list of parties that you think would be fun to throw this year. Then make it happen. Costume contest in July? Why not? No money? Make it a b.y.o.b
  18. Re stack your tupperware, and throw away old containers, and mismatched lids.
  19. Make a little wish list with do-able things on it. Like visiting a museum, or saving all your change for a rainy day or making that one chocolate cake you saw that lady make on TV one time that looked so good…
  20. Pare down your kitchen items. Do you need 4 spatulas? Or 30 take out forks? And where did that pot lid come from and what happened to the pot? Donate the extra.
  21. Go to walgreens.com or snapfish.com and print some new pics to replace the old ones in frames around your house. And come on, admit it, you’re tired of seeing that picture of you with that bad hair cut over and over.
  22. Grab a local newspaper from a grocery store and check local venues for shows. Pick one in the future, and go to it, even if you’ve never heard of the band. You may like it, and may even meet some cool people.
  23. Place some of your thick, and possibly mis matched glasses in the freezer. Then they will be ready for a nice frosty beverage.
  24. Check the oil/ wiper fluid in your car.
  25. Tighten loose screws. Walk through the house with a screwdriver and tighten any knobs, cabinet hardware, switch plates, or anything with a loose screw. (No, not your husband.)
  26. Cut up some fruit and freeze it for smoothies. It’s a perfect use for fruits that are almost past their prime.
  27. Remove old wax from candle holders by putting them in the freezer over night. The wax should pop out. Then clean the paraffin soot out, and replace the candles with fresh ones made of soy. They burn longer, cleaner, and smell fresher. And guess what? No soot!
  28. Write down 15 places you’d like to go in the next 15 years. Weather it’s another country, or another city, you can use the list as inspiration for your next vacation.
  29. Dust! It sure collects, and why not take a few minutes to get rid of the build up in the entertainment center, (that nintendo is getting a little dirty…) and on top of the fridge.
  30. Try a new beer. Go to the local supermarket, and grab a microbrew with a cool name, label, home town, whichever. It’s fun to try something new.

There you have it. Some little, do able things you can do every day of the month to make your life just a little more awesome, and feel accomplished that you did something to stay more organized today, and in the future. I mean, you read this, and that’s the start to a great day so far! Don’t you feel better already? I knew it!


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