Now that the holidays are over, you may be realizing that you have accumulated more than your home can handle. And many of you are excited to start purging and organizing with the start of a new year. That is why today I asked Cristin from Simplified Bee, to stop by with some great clutter conquering tips and tricks!
"We all have sentimental items that we cherish and want to store away, but when is it too much? And when is it clutter? Clutter is basically anything that takes up space and isn't improving or making your life better. If you have clothing in your closet that you haven't worn in years, piles of mail on the counter, toys in every corner or trouble finding important documents, it is time for you to think about purging and decluttering your home. For many of my clients, letting go of items is the biggest hurdle when organizing their home.
Here are some guidelines and questions you should ask when determining whether to toss/recycle, donate to charity or keep:
- When is the last time you used this item and was it in the last year?
- Is it broken, damaged or the wrong size?
- Does it make you happy or have sentimental value?
- Do you really need this item?
Pretty Neat suggests that if you can't make a decision on whether or not to get rid of an item, put it in a review box for a specified period of time. When the time is up, it should be easier to make the decision. I would recommend having a limit to how many items can go into the "review box". It should only be used on very select items and as sparingly as possible. Again, the goal is to reduce the clutter in your home and make it more functional and beautiful.
- Junk mail, old magazines and newspapers
- Expired food, make-up and medicine. Check with your local recycling center on how and where to dispose of medications safely.
- Clothing that is damaged, stained or ripped beyond repair.
- Boxes that are damaged or no longer useful
- Broken toys, games and electronic equipment
Are you ready to conquer the clutter in your home? There is no better time than today.
Happy New Year!"
Endless thanks to Cristin for sharing her expertise and offering some decluttering guidance! Who's ready to get started? What other tips and tricks do you have for pairing down and simplifying?
* all photos courtesy of LONNY Magazine