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There’s no denying that January can be a bleak month and motivation levels often sink fairly low. Sound familiar?! I often feel like I need to accomplish ALL the things, but it’s more effective to be kinder to your mind in reality. Rather than setting myself up for failure with an ambitious set of plans and projects I almost certainly won’t achieve (and will therefore end up feeling guilty about not completing), I decided to tackle a few simple tasks that I’ve meant to do for months, instead. It turns out that tackling those niggling things in life and around the home that you know need to get done but keep putting off is transformative to smooth the running of day-to-day life. Here are five tasks you can do that are relatively quick and easy to get done but will help you all year round.

1. Set up a password manager and digital vault

It always seems that I urgently need a document or password at the last minute. When it’s safe to travel again, imagine not rushing and struggling to find all your airline login details with only minutes to go before online check-in closes, or perhaps a copy of your driver’s license for an application. Having these things in hand and all in one place is so helpful. Recently, I signed up for a secure password manager that includes a digital vault. I’ve been adding all our passwords and important documents to it so they can be referenced from one secure place. It has made so many things easier knowing everything is at hand. Plus, it also means I don’t use the same password for everything, which feels a lot safer.

2. Protect our family with life insurance

My heartmate and I kept talking about getting life insurance but never got around to doing it until recently. Life insurance is really important to me as I wanted to know that should the worst happen; my heartmate wouldn’t have to worry about the mortgage or face any financial problems. I was surprised by how easy it was to get a life insurance quote from State Farm. You can start the process online or reach out to your local State Farm agent. It was also a lot more affordable than I thought, and it has given me comfort to know those most important to me are protected.

3.Easy sock drawer organization that you will appreciate everyday

Is your sock drawer a complete mess? Do you just put your socks in pairs, but that’s it? If so, you need to know this simple yet revolutionary hack. It’s called the ‘sock quarter fold,’ and it’s where you fold your socks as a pair into quarters, so they end up folded into a cube. It means each pair of socks fits neatly into the drawer, allowing you always to be able to see every pair when you open it. This method also saves you having to empty the whole sock draw to find that one missing sock to complete the pair you wish to wear – we’ve all been there!

4. Banish under the sink clutter

This week, I finally sorted out my sink cupboard. I admit it was a complete hot mess of spray bottles and empty containers. It was chaos, and it made finding anything for cleaning a much more frustrating task than it needed to be. I was determined not to waste any more time searching for the cleaning spray I needed each time. To fix it, I bought a plastic lazy Susan online for less than $15, and it works a treat! I put all my everyday cleaning items (kitchen spray, dish soap, dusters, brushes) in the lazy Susan, and now I can easily grab anything I need. This literally took me minutes, but it’s made such a positive difference to my day-to-day!

5. Add a contrasting wreath to your front door

This year, I’ve seen lots of people keeping their holiday lights and decorations up well into January. To be fair, I understand that people want the cheer to last a bit longer! For me, I needed to take our holiday decorations down at the start of the year as I like it to be fresh and clean for a new year. Instead, I bring January cheer to our home with a spring-like wreath on the front door. I chose a bright yellow wreath to contrast with my blue door, which I think works really well and makes me smile each time I arrive home.

Let me know if you manage to tick any of the above off your list, and don’t forget to protect the ones you love with life insurance from State Farm just as you would with your passwords, socks, and cleaning supplies.

This post was sponsored advertising content by State Farm®.


Will Taylor

Will is a self-confessed gentleman hooked-on-hue and his motto is: beige is boring! He works as a freelance author, creative consultant and lifestyle blogger. Will has been blogging about his love of colourful design, fashion and travel since 2009, engaging an army of colour lovers across the world with his quintessential make-you-smile style.

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Welcome to Bright.Bazaar, my make-you-smile style corner of the internet. I’ve been sharing my love of beautiful design, feel-good homes, everyday style, inspiring travel and, pretty much everything in between, since 2009. As well as working as a content creator, I write interior design books and edit a bi-weekly e-newsletter called Smile Mail. I live in New York City with my heartmate and can often be found listening to Madonna’s Confessions album and dreaming up my next home renovation project.