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Combat Clutter in the New Year

  • 12/26/2018
  • By Tara Siegel
Combat Clutter in the New Year

A new year means a fresh start. One great way to start 2019 is by completing projects that you’ve been putting off for months. Perhaps eliminating clutter from your home is one of them. If so, here are some helpful tips to declutter your home for the New Year.

1. Eliminate unnecessary paper products

Digitize old letters, important documents, and photographs to cut down on the piles of paper you have lying around your house.

2. Get rid of broken objects

If you have items in your home that you haven’t used or gotten fixed in the past six months, throw them out.

3. Stay ahead of recycling

A good habit to start in the new year is keeping an empty reusable bin in a closet and then using it to store items you plan to donate.

4. Uncover storage solutions

You may have hidden storage solutions throughout your home that you never noticed. For example, you may have room under the bed for sliding containers or space on the back of doors to hang shoe or towel racks.

5. Avoid item redundancies

Get rid of items of which you have multiples. You don’t need three different sets of utensils or an entire closet full of hand towels. Keep the few items you actually use or need and purge the rest.

6. Try the 12-12-12 Challenge

The 12-12-12 challenge comes from It suggests that you clean and organize by choosing 12 items to throw away, 12 items to donate, and 12 to return to a proper place in your home. This helps you organize, declutter, and give to a good cause all at the same time.

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7. Sort through children’s clothes

If you have children, you know how quickly they grow out of their clothes and toys. Because of this, it is recommended that you go through your kids’ items twice a year to clear out the clutter.

8. Forget about the “right time”

Perhaps you have a fancy bath oil or expensive candle you’ve been saving for a special occasion. Stop holding onto these items for the “right time” and enjoy them while you can. Using what you have before buying something new will help save you money and keep clutter at bay.

It doesn’t matter how you move clutter out of your home at the beginning of the year; you can donate objects, sell them through online sites, donate them to nonprofits, or toss them. Just take it one room at a time, so it makes it easier to focus on and accomplish the task at hand. With these tips and more, a decluttered home is the easiest resolution to keep in 2019!

By Tara Siegel, 12/26/2018
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