For a fresh atmosphere for the new year, commit to decluttering and organizing your home the best way you can. You can declutter your stuff gradually.
Don’t let your old and unused stuff take up so much space in your home and in your life that there’s no more room for new or more important things.
With that, here are some of the items in your home you must get rid of as soon as you can –either by throwing or donating– for a more organized new year:
|Expired food and condiments||Candles that only collect dust||Old appliances that don’t work|
|Takeout menus you won’t use||Magazines you won’t read||Package and appliance boxes|
|Ratty dish and hand towels||Dead indoor plants||Rusty and broken tools|
|Cookbooks you won’t open||Old, unused remote controls||Duplicate tools|
|Rusty tools and utensils||Broken, unused furniture||Broken stuff you’re keeping|
|Duplicate tools and utensils||Excess items and ornaments||Aged, unfinished DIY projects|
|Takeout condiment packets||Books you don’t plan to read||Extra paint that dried up|
|Chipped or broken cups/mugs||Trip-hazard rugs||Expired cleaning supplies|
|Napkins you won’t use again||Knickknacks||Ancient sports equipment|
|Stack of magazines that are only collecting dust||Clothes that don’t fit anymore||Old toothbrushes|
|Clothes you don’t plan to wear||Expired makeup products|
|Books you already read and won’t read again||Accessories you’ll never wear||Worn out towels and loofahs|
|Broken bags and purses||Old perfume samples|
|Old gadgets and technology||Uncomfortable footwear||Expired medications|
|Excessive decorative pillows||Costumes you don’t plan on wearing again||Dried-up nail polish|
|Papers and documents that aren’t needed anymore||Free hotel toiletries|
|Old school or work uniforms||Used disposable razors|
|Broken furniture or appliance||Rusty wire hangers||Products you’ll never use|
Here are also some of the most important decluttering principles that can help you get started:
- Ready three bins or boxes when decluttering stuff – Throw, Donate, and Recycle.
- Commit to buying less, so you won’t accumulate a lot of stuff again by the end of the year.
- If you live with someone else, don’t declutter things that aren’t yours. Honor their choices.
- Don’t over-equip your home by hoarding a lot of stuff. Be realistic with your needs.
- Start decluttering the easy stuff first. You can go through your sentimental items last.
“A home filled with only the things you love or use is a home you will truly love to use,” says Joshua Becker, the founder and editor of Becoming Minimalist.
As you welcome the New Year, learn to live more with less. Always make space for what matters.