With the New Year now upon us, one of the first things I actually did on New Year’s Day was clean up my house by putting the Christmas decorations away and sorting through the new toys and getting rid of those we no longer use anymore, as well as just over all did a once over with out with the old and in with the new.
So, I thought today, I would share some ideas here that I happily collaborated on for all of you to benefit from.
- Sorting out your household items
Some of you may have a knack for keeping your houses clean and clutter-free at all times. Others may need a little more motivation when it comes to being organised. Often, these are the same people who include de-cluttering their homes in their list of New Year’s resolutions.
We all know that de-cluttering one’s home is easier said than done. Don’t worry, if you’re one of those people whose resolutions are to be neater and start the New Year with a clean home, there are several ways to get your house organised before the New Year starts. The first step starts with you making time to go through your household items.
Assuming that you have made the decision to set a day or two for de-cluttering, you can now follow the simple guidelines below to help you with your New Year’s resolution.
- The first step after setting a date for general cleaning is to prepare at least 2 boxes. One will be used for items to be kept, while the other is to be used for discarding unwanted items.
- Now, look around the house and determine which room to start with.
- Your dresser drawers and wardrobes are a great place to start. Try on all clothes you haven’t worn in the past 12 months. Do they still fit? Have you used them in the past 2 years? Can you see yourself using them again in the coming months? Drop them in the Discard box if you answered no to any of those questions.
- Next, do you have children? Do they have old toys lying around? Trust me when I say that toys lying around from my two is a daily battle! So, you may want to consider if your little ones have outgrown them or if they stay hidden in the cupboard without use. It’s a good idea to let your kids know that old toys will be given to other children who aren’t as fortunate as they are. This way, your kids won’t feel bad about losing their toys. At the same time, they will be thought the valuable lesson of sharing one’s blessings. Remember when I recently shared how, Emma told me that now that I got a new handbag, I should donate my old one. This is because as I have shared time and again, we have taught her this lesson over and over again.
- However now that you have discarded some of your children’s playthings, you may want to look at your shoe cabinet. Women are known to be notorious at collecting shoes, which does add to clutter! If you’re guilty of being a shoeaholic, maybe it’s time to let go of a couple of pairs. There’s no point in keeping shoes which are either falling apart, give you blisters or that you can’t walk in. Again, I have my fair share, but do go through them every so often for this sole purpose.
- Aside from shoes, books are also part of a family’s collection. Go over your bookshelves and determine which book’s you’ve read which you intend to read and which you know you’ll never read again.
- The toughest parts of your house to do a spring clean are going to be the attic and the basement. Don’t get overwhelmed and give up on these 2 areas. Get those boxes out of the attic or the basement and work on them while you’re in front of the tellie; or try getting help from the family.
- Getting rid of your unwanted items
Now that you have finished sorting through your things, there are 3 ways to get rid of the items in your discard box.
- Donating to schools, orphanages, and other charitable institutions – You may find books, toys, and clothes that you can still give to charity. Segregate these items and determine which organisation you’d like to help. They’ll be more than happy to receive your donations. Remember, there is truth in the saying, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” These items don’t have to look brand new – just ensure that these items you donate are still in decent condition.
- Have a garage sale/sell your items online/join a car boot sale – If you have items which could net you a bit of extra cash, then selling these options may be the way to go. You will need to check with your local council if you need to have a permit before having a garage sale. If you don’t have the means for a garage sale, you can try selling through online classifieds like Quicksales in Australia or Craigslist here in the US. The advantage to selling online is that your item will reach a much larger number of potential buyers.
- Take them to the dump – once you’ve gone through your items, given some away to charity, sold others, it’s now time to let go of all the rest and send it to the dump. It may be difficult at first, but you’ll feel so much lighter after you’ve done this. Just ensure you don’t send any harmful items like laptops, phones, printer cartridges or batteries to the dump as these need to be disposed of properly.
Now that you’ve disposed of all your unused items, you can head into the New Year with a de-cluttered home and fresh mind to tackle all your other New Year’s resolutions!
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