New year, new you. The start of a brand new year is the perfect time to turn over a new leaf, especially after the indulgence of Christmas. If you’d love to do life better in the coming year but are stuck for New Year resolution ideas, we’ve got plenty for you - plus tips on how to achieve them to help you stick to your goal. Keep reading and be inspired!
The first of our New Year resolution ideas is to make more eco-friendly choices for the environment. Here are some tips on how to make a few easy changes to your lifestyle:
Swap bottled water for filtered water. Brita have a great selection of filter jugs, travel bottles and even water filter taps. Bonus - when you’ve finished with your filter cartridges, you don’t need to worry about them ending up in landfill or the oceans: you can take them back to any Robert Dyas store and put them in our Brita cartridge recycling box.
Compost food scraps instead of throwing them in the bin and sending them to landfill. We recommend the beautiful Brabantia Food Waste Caddy.
Plant wildflowers for the bees or grow your own veg - read on for more!
Whether it’s a simple house plant or home-grown herbs and veg, nurturing plants gives you a great sense of fulfilment. Not to mention that some indoor plants enhance air quality in your home, and growing your own food or flowers is great for the environment! We’ve got a huge range of planting and growing options in our garden range to help you get started.
You could get some plant pots, seeds and compost and start a small indoor collection; a compact raised planter for a balcony or small garden; a herb stand to help make your meals more delicious; a pretty hanging basket; or a large planter if you want to plant lots of veg or flowers.
Keep Clutter at Bay
A tidy house makes for a tidy mind, so make it your New Year’s resolution to declutter and keep it that way.
Whether you’re lacking space or simply want to keep things as clutter-free as possible, there are some great hacks out there. Take this Brabantia Sort & Go wall-mountable bin - it can attach to the inside of your cupboard doors instead of taking up floor space! It also comes in a 16L version which is great for organising your recycling if you have multiple.
Check out our full range of storage solutions for more storage boxes, handy vacuum bags, shoe racks and more.
Clean More Regularly
No one likes cleaning chores - which is why we often put them off until they all build up and become one big task. Cleaning little and often is the way to go to avoid those dreaded big clean-ups.
Cordless vacuum cleaners are a dream for this. You don’t have to bother untangling the cable and plugging it in - you can simply grab it and go whenever you spot a patch that needs cleaning up, or just do one room here and there when you have a spare couple of minutes.
As for the drains, don’t wait until they clog up and you have to go out and buy a drain unblocker. Pop one of these Ecozone Enzymatic Drain Cleaning Sticks down each month to keep them clear, or try soda crystals: a weekly mugful followed by hot water will keep them clear and odour-free.
Check out the rest of our cleaning range for more household inspiration.
Eat More Healthily
One of the most common New Year resolution ideas, eating more healthily is a great one.
For vegetables, steam them instead of boiling to preserve nutrients with a tiered steamer, or make low-calorie courgetti instead of pasta with a spiralizer.
If you don’t like spending time cooking and prefer to fill up on unhealthy and planet-polluting ready meals, there’s no excuse not to make your own dinner with this easy-to-use Salter 1.6L Electric Soup Maker Jug. Simply throw in some seasonal veg, herbs and anything else you want to add, and sit back while it does all the work. It even doubles up as a smoothie maker, so you can go minimalist and cut down on the number of appliances in your kitchen.
If you only need a smoothie-maker in your life, a blender provides a great way to snack on fruit, nuts and seeds.
Instead of being tempted by expensive, and often unhealthy, takeaway lunches, save your money and cut down on single-use plastic in the process by taking your home-cooked meals to work. Simply put your food in some tupperware or soup flask. Check out our food storage options to see which storage option is best for you.
Say goodbye to single-use water bottles while you’re off to a new start with this Polar Gear Tracking Water Bottle, which features handy markers down the side to tell you how much water you’re drinking throughout the day.
The Jaxjox Connect range features products that sync up to your smartphone or watch so you can keep track of your weight loss and fitness levels. Simply download the health management app to view your overall progression towards your health goal as well as a series of workouts. Our range includes the innovative kettle bell, foam roller, heart rate monitor and smart scales.
If you really struggle to find the time to work out, try the Slendertone Abs5 Ab Toning Belt. It fits discreetly under your clothing and provides a powerful yet comfortable sensation that will tone your abs without disrupting your day.