It goes without saying that the New Year is all about new beginnings, and here at The Budget Fashionista, we’re thinking about what we can do to start things off on the right (very fashionable) foot. If you’re in the same frame of mind, read on—

Take care of business. Meaning financial business—if your best intentions to create a budget and stick to it fell short last year, now’s the time to start fresh. Take inventory of your earning and spending, and make a budget you can live with. And keep checking back, as this year we’ll be bringing you personal finance tips from experts in the know.

Clean out your closet. Literally. Now’s the time for fashionistas to take inventory—out with the old, in with the new. You know the rules—if you haven’t worn it in a year, you’re not going to wear it. Make a few extra bucks by taking them to consignment shop or selling on eBay, or help someone out by donating to Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc. Then make a list of what you need (and we said need), and stick to it.

Clean out your bags. Make-up bags, that is, and bathroom drawers, vanity, medicine cabinet, whatever. Get rid of that foundation that’s two shades too light, that clumpy old mascara, that sparkly gold eyeshadow that seemed like a good idea at the time. Not only will you clear out the clutter but your makeup bag will be healthier, too. You definitely don’t want to start the New Year with an eye infection. Yuk.

Be nice. Okay, let’s face it—by the end of the holiday season, we’ve all gotten more than a little grumpy. We’re stressed out, worn out, and maybe just spent a little too much. Oh, and it’s winter. Still, it’s all about making it new—so let’s put all that behind us, and face the new year with a new attitude. And remember, it’s not just about being nice to other people—be nice to yourself, too.

~Angela