How to declutter your interior this January
There’s nothing like a New Year’s resolution to motivate you towards kicking some goals!
At the end of an eventful year, it’s always refreshing to look forward to the new year. One of the best ways that we can start off on a positive note is by getting rid of things in our home that we don’t need any longer. If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed about where to even begin, don’t worry! Here are some tips on how to declutter your home for the new year.
1. Set a specific decluttering date
One of the biggest hurdles when it comes to decluttering is actually finding the time to do it. Treat it as an appointment and pick a date ahead of time so you make sure you have time to spend on your decluttering project. Once you pick the date, make sure you stick to it!
2. Start with holiday clutter
As you put away all those holiday decorations, take the time to seriously consider if there’s anything you can let go of. Many of your things will have sentimental value, but you’re bound to find at least a few items that you really don’t need to hang onto. Set aside anything you want to get rid of as you go. It’s also a great opportunity to better organize all the decorations you are going to keep. Try to condense everything into a few boxes or storage containers to make it easier to find everything for next year.
3. Assess your gift situation
Don’t worry, we’re not suggesting you get rid of all your new gifts! Ask yourself this question: are these items replacing any older items that you don’t need anymore? If the answer is yes, gather up all those older items and set them aside for donation or to be thrown out.
4. Clear out any unwanted gifts
This one is a little tricky. Every year, it seems like there’s at least one gift that you just don’t quite know what to do with. We often end up holding onto these items because we feel guilty about them, but that’s not a great reason to keep clutter around. While that laser cat T-shirt or dancing Santa might not be right for you, there’s someone out there who would genuinely love to have it! You can either give away these items to someone you know or donate them to a local charity so that someone else has a chance to enjoy them.
5. Clear out your storage space
When you took out the holiday decorations this year, did it seem like you had to dig around to get them all out? It’s normal for storage spaces to slowly accumulate more clutter throughout the year. Before you put away all your holiday stuff this year, take some time to sort through your closet, storage unit, or garage. Set aside anything you no longer need and then carefully organize everything else as you put it away.
6. Deep clean as you go
If you’re clearing out these areas around your home, why not do a deep clean while you’re at it? It’s the perfect time to dust off those shelves, clean out the dust bunnies from behind the couch, and give everything a thorough wipe down after all those holiday parties. It’s a great way to (literally) make your home feel fresh for the new year. Take this on as you work room by room—when you pull everything out, give the area a good clean before you put everything back in.
7. Give to friends
Once you’ve finished your post-holiday decluttering, it’s time to actually get it out of your home. Invite your friends over to dig through your pile of things to get rid of. You just might be getting rid of something they want or need. You can also donate these items to a local charity. Just make sure you check with them first to make sure they are able to accept all your items, as some charities only take certain kinds of items.
8. Clear out the rest of your junk
After donations and giving things away to friends, you might still have a few items left behind. Some smaller items might be able to be picked up by your local trash removal service, but it’s best to check before you set it out on the curb. Another option is to take the items to your local recycling depot so they can be properly recycled. Again, not every facility is able to accept all types of materials, so it’s always best to call ahead or check online to make sure they can actually accept your items.