Each new year marks a season of renewal. If you plan accordingly, the new year can also be a gateway to a less cluttered home.
With the holiday season over, you’ve started to pick things up and put them back where they belong. Like many of us, you may have boxes in your attic you haven’t opened in years or old children’s clothes that would be welcomed at a thrift store or as a charitable donation. And we all have that one closet in the guest room full of who knows what, right? Now is the perfect time to simplify with these three steps.
Step One: Committing to declutter. Start by creating piles or boxes and labelling them: keep, donate, store, and garbage. In categorizing each item, ask yourself, how frequently do you use the item, have you used it in the past year, and what is its real value?
Step Two: Get the kids involved. Take this opportunity to teach children the importance of charitable giving and help them learn the value of letting things go when they’ve outgrown them. Involving the whole family in decluttering and charitable donations may even create a new, annual family tradition.
Step Three: Organize. Create a system of storage that makes sense for you. Perhaps extra coats or barely used clothing can be stored in that guest room closet. A trip to your local hardware or big-box store will offer plenty of containers, shelving, and ideas to help you create your own efficient organization system.
To kick off 2018 with a fresh start, consider decluttering. By ringing in the new year with a less cluttered, more organized home, you’ll feel better, live better, and you might even find those holiday candles a lot faster next year.