Seiri is the first step - start your resolution with Tidiness. Be it tidiness of the mind, or the home if your resolution is to simply start anew, or the workplace if your resolution is to a more productive year, starting with Seiri is not about being clean or organized (which are different sections of the 5S Process), to start with Seiri means to throw away things of the past. Seiri is about learning to let go: especially of things that hinder you from your goal or muddle your path towards that goal. It could be throwing away rubbish that in retrospect you don't need, letting go of people who are toxic to you, or things that are unrelated to your goal.
Seiri could simply mean to begin your resolution by simplifying it. Start with small and simpler mini-goals. Complete them one at a time. For example, if your goal is to renovate your dream home, begin with a more matter-of-fact list of needs - or at least a list of wants filtered and tidied up into a list of needs.
2. Seiton - 整頓（せいとん）
The next step to the 5S Process is Seiton - being Organized. However, being organized the Seiton way is not done by alphabetizing your bookshelf - it is about maximizing efficiency, placing the metaphorical books in the most metaphorically most logical way so it can be taken from and returned to the same place.
Why is it so important to arrange items in such a way? Seiton helps you save time and, most importantly, organize your mind so you don't lose your way.
So how do you practice Seiton in the mind? The simple answer is through practice with your own things. Start by organizing your clothes, kitchen utensils, or even your books. Keep the habit and over time it will transfer seamlessly to the way you approach your goal.
3. Seisou - 清掃（せいそう）