Fresh start in 2017

9 ways to make a fresh start in 2017

We can all agree 2016 was a challenging year – but how might we make 2017 a better one? Mumsnetters share their plans for a fresh start

1. Seeking that breath of fresh air

1. Seeking that breath of fresh air

“I'm encouraging my son to spend more time outdoors – he has just learned to ride a bike so I am looking forward to cycling along trails in the summer and getting more fresh air.”

2. Being firm with finances

2. Being firm with finances

“I want to keep better track of my finances and be more proactive in changing my suppliers, so I that hopefully I have more money to spare for family treats and days out.”

3. Waging war on clutter

3. Waging war on clutter

“I'm aiming to keep the house tidier, which I think will be better for all of us – not least with a toddler who is into everything.”

4. Making calm your go-to state

4. Making calm your go-to state

“I'm just trying to be calmer and to not make the small everyday stresses of family life any bigger. Far easier said than done though!”

5. Channelling Jamie or Nigella in the kitchen

5. Channelling Jamie or Nigella in the kitchen

“I'm going to try to make a new family recipe a week to encourage us all to eat a bit more adventurously.”

6. Acquiring less stuff

6. Acquiring less stuff

“Buy less stuff! My daughter really doesn't need as many clothes as she has – too much choice causes problems.”

7. Making an effort to eat more healthily

7. Making an effort to eat more healthily

“As a family we're aiming to be healthier this year – particularly with our diet. We'll be aiming to reduce the amount of processed food we eat and increase the amount of fresh fruit and veg, and fresh fish in our diet.”

8. Shutting down excessive screen time

8. Shutting down excessive screen time

“I've made plans to significantly reduce my child's time in front of the TV and instead plan activities which we can enjoy.”

9. Embracing punctuality

9. Embracing punctuality

“No more being late for everything! We're also going to be getting up earlier on a school day so we can have a more leisurely breakfast.”

...and spending the time you save more fruitfully

...and spending the time you save more fruitfully

“I'm going to spend more time with my daughter – she is at the stage where a lot of changes are happening and I want to be a mum she can talk to.”

Arla