Part of the Chinese New Year tradition is the cleaning of the home – typically a few weeks or so before CNY there is a complete clear out. This symbolizes the sweeping away of bad luck that has piled up over the course of the year. By cleaning and organizing the Chinese believe that you will have good luck for the rest of the year.
Here are some tips from us on how to start the new year with great luck and style!
1. CLOSET CLEAR OUT
Lock the door, pour yourself a glass of wine and mentally prepare to really clean out your wardrobe. Edit items that you have multiples of, no longer fit you, don’t make you feel good, are pilling or have seen better days.
Create two piles, one for the items that you will give away and another with the more valuable or designer items. With the latter we suggest you give these away to family, close friends or sell. With the remaining items, here is a list of charities where you may donate:
Christian Action – www.christian-action.org.hk
Community Used Clothes Recycling Bank – tiny.cc/govdonate
Greenladies – greenladies.sjs.org.hk
Oxfam Hong Kong – www.oxfam.org.hk
Po Leung Kuk – www.poleungkuk.org.hk
2. UPDATE YOUR HAIR
Traditionally the Chinese believe that it is bad luck to cut anything during the New Year, so a new haircut or a new style is a must before the start of the Year of the Horse! Brush those locks aside and take the plunge like Jess!
After a bit of discussion on shape and color…”to color or not to color” (as in to darken) Shayne (of Chandler Salon) took the scissors and a-snip-snap away it went! It came as a swift chop considering all the build-up – but if you are going to take it off…just do it already, no waffling, no hesitation!
3.CLEAN AND DE-CLUTTER YOUR SPACE
Empty picture frames and a messy bookcase? It’s time to pull up your sleeves and DIY the home.
Start organizing! We LOVE Muji for storage boxes, containers and everything to do with the desk! Call your handyman to hang up your photos and pictures that are leaning against the wall and bring in the cleaners to dry or steam clean your carpets and curtains. As a reward, buy yourself some customary CNY flowers and sit back and enjoy your ‘fresh’ space.
4. GO SHOPPING FOR THAT CHINESE NEW YEAR PIECE
We don’t wish to contradict what we recommended in step 1, but the Chinese believe that you should buy and wear a new garment to usher in the New Year. The good news is, you have already cleaned out your wardrobe, so will have a much clearer picture of what’s missing or needed. Therefore, your Chinese New Year purchase won’t be frivolous, but a necessity. Don’t let this take the fun out of adding something wonderful to your newly cleaned wardrobe and home!
Kung Hei Fat Choy!