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11 Things to declutter before heading New Year.


“Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” 
― L.M. Montgomery

It’s so nice to start fresh in the new year with a clean, clear space.  Since there is the weekend just before New Year, So I guess this is a good idea to de-clutter those things which are not useful in your daily life or things which are not adding value to your life. Here are some ideas to de-clutter which will help you to de-clutter things for a fresh start.

1. Clothes especially Winter Clothes. Notice which coats and winter accessories consistently go unworn, and consider donating those in good condition to a local nonprofit or coat drive. 

Your old coats and gear could be out there keeping someone warm. For this reason, it’s especially good to donate cold-weather items now, when they are needed, rather than waiting until spring for a clean-out.

Winter Clothes

2. Holiday Gifts and Gift wrappings. In the bustle of holiday gift wrapping, it can be tempting to shove all those unusable scraps of paper and ribbon bits back into the drawer. But taking the time to tidy up what’s left of your gift wrapping supplies now will make your life much easier next year.

Neatly roll up remaining gift wrap, and secure using an empty toilet paper tube. (Cut the cardboard tube lengthwise to make a cuff.) Toss out bits of ribbon and paper too small to use, as well as empty tape rolls and dried-up pens. Store what’s left together in one spot where it will be easy to find when you need it.

Holiday celebrations

3. Bedding and throws. If you treated yourself to new bedding (or a new throw for the couch) this year, pick out an old set to give away, and keep your linen closet neat and orderly. If you’re on a decluttering roll, sort through the bath towels too. Veterinarian offices and animal shelters can often use spare towels; call first to check.

Bedding

4. Bathroom vanity.
Sometimes we don’t realize how much we squeeze into the bathroom vanity. Loose items on the sink are quite an undesirable look, and random bits get shoved into drawers.

Keeping your bathroom hygienic is a must – so clear it all out and start from scratch. Like the pantry, lay it all out and be a little less hesitant about what you throw out. Loofahs, razors, and toothbrushes are relatively inexpensive and should be changed regularly, so don’t be afraid to toss them.

It’s worth investigating what products have been opened for a long time too. While soaps and lotions don’t ‘expire’ as obviously as foods, long air exposure can make products less effective and sometimes even irritable for the skin.

Bathroom Vanity

5. Kids’ Toys. Clearing out the toy bins is a lot less painful for kids after the holidays when they have new gifts to play with. Aim to keep toys that are well made and long-lasting and inspire creative play (like the classic dollhouse shown here) and let go of toys that were impulse buys, have missing or broken parts or your child has outgrown.

Toys

6. Your Closet. Between holiday sale purchases and gifts, our closets can become overstuffed by the new year. Remove old, worn-out items, pieces that no longer fit and anything that just doesn’t fit your current style or life phase. Give pieces in good condition to a nonprofit, or sell items at a local vintage shop; drop worn-out clothes in a textile recycling bin. To keep the balance in your wardrobe, aim to give away one item for every new piece you bring in.

Closet

7. Pantry extras. When shopping for holiday feasts and cookie baking sessions, it’s easy to overbuy — but that doesn’t mean you must keep surplus goods in your pantry when you know you’ll never use them. 

Instead of shoving extras to the back where they will be forgotten, fill a bag with unopened, unexpired food and spices and take it to your local food pantry.

pantry

8. Art and craft supplies. New boxes of colored pencils get shoved atop baskets of broken crayons, markers lose caps and glitter spills into every crevice: When you add new materials to an already-full art and craft area, it can devolve into chaos in the blink of an eye. This year, before putting away any new materials, take a moment to clean out the drawer or cupboard where you keep supplies. A neat cupboard filled with a few carefully chosen, fresh art materials is much more inviting to use.

Art and Craft

9. Magazines and mail. Pour yourself a cup of hot cider or cocoa, put on some music and go on a mail-sorting spree. 

Recycle old magazines and holiday catalogs, and sort through mail and papers that have built up. 

When you’re done, take the time to file important documents, and note any upcoming events on your calendar before tossing the notice. 

magazines and periodicals

10. Bookshelves. Get your bookshelves in order for cozy winter reading by giving away (or selling) books you didn’t love and corralling your TBR (to-be-read) books in one section for easy reference. When you’re done weeding out unloved titles, use a lambswool electronic duster to dust the shelves and spines of books.

BookShelve

11. Tools and Supplies. Check for those tools which are rusted or broken like broken hammers or some rusted nails etc. throw them in recycle bin. They are not able to serve you now.

Tools

Hope You all get some ideas regarding some things which can be de-cluttered from your home. If this blog can you in de-cluttering,
For more fun ideas and for feedback please do comment on this blog. I would love to hear from you.

At last, Wishing you beautiful moments, treasured memories, and all the blessings a heart can know. Happy New Year!

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