Now that you’ve had time to settle in to 2018, it’s time to de-clutter and this is the best time to do it!
Yes, you are going to have to get rid of things. I know, it’s hard BUT you can either make your family and home more functional or you can just continue re-organizing your junk. Your choice.
Here are ten spaces to start with. It might take a week or a month – Depending on how much you have, how much time and effort you’re willing to dedicate to this project and how easy it is for you to pull yourself away from this “stuff”.
Do NOT let your possessions, possess you. Do NOT fold to your own excuses as to why you have 200 wine bottles in the basement for “crafts” but haven’t even removed the labels. This is a FRESH start, so let’s get right to it!
1.) OLD MAGAZINES & CATALOGS If you’ve read them once, you’re probably not going to read them again. If you haven’t read them at all… Can I say it? STOP paying for them! That was easier than expected.
2.) FOOD This is a GREAT time to pull everything out of your refrigerator, freezer and cabinets, give them a nice deep clean and reorganize.
Most New Year’s Resolution lists consist of a diet change and if you’re someone who is making the switch and trying to eat cleaner than last year, you likely have a LOT of food that doesn’t adhere to your new plan.
DONATE! Do not throw food out that can be eaten, there are hungry people everywhere.
3.) THE MEDICINE CABINET The one in the bathroom, the one in the kitchen and of course, the one by your bed. Anything expired, throw it out. Anything that you’re constantly moving moving out of the way but never use, throw it out!
4.) RECIEPTS, BILLS & OLD DOCUMENTS You likely have or are getting ready to have all the reciepts that you need for tax season, anything else – unless you’re returning or exchanging an item – need to go.
5.) TOYS This is a big one. Who picks up all of these toys? You. How many toys does your child drag out of the toy box while looking for the few that they constantly play with? A bunch.
Christmas has come and gone and they are noticeably playing with some and not others, but you’re still picking up the same amount, or more.
Your time is valuable! Do yourself a favor and get a trash bag – you don’t have to trash them, give them away or sell them in bulk on Facebook.
With birthdays and Christmas, really young children tend to get toys, books, clothes, etc. that they aren’t quite ready for. You can put some of them up and reintroduce them at a later date. More space and less to pick up!
6.) JEWELRY Unless you’re crafty, you have ZERO use for broken jewelry and believe it or not, crafty people WILL buy it. Nothing excites me more than a gallon ziploc bag exploding with broken costume jewelry, I’m serious. Anything you don’t wear, sell it!
7.) BOOKS When I read a book, I take notes so that I can pass the book on to someone else but keep my favorite nuggets, excerpts and quotes of wisdom for reference.
To move forward we need new books – bigger and better books! Knowledge is a journey.
Donate, sell or leave them in random places for strangers to find.
8.) CLOTHES So hard, I know. To make it simple, use the two year rule. If you haven’t worn in the last two years, let it go.
If you’re having a REALLY hard time with this, turn all of your hangers around, wait a year and anything still facing backwards, you guessed it, bye-bye.
9.) OLD or UNUSED ELECTRONICS That drawer with broken chargers, tablets and phones? Time to go. Gazelle.com or Nextworth.com – ’nuff said.
10.) YOUR PURSE & YOUR CAR I saved the best for last because these are two things that, if you’re a woman, you use on a regular basis and when you’re constantly looking at a mess, you feel like a mess.
You might even want to start with these because they’re probably the easiest and once they are done, you get a great deal of confidence that will provide motivation for the others!
Treat yourself and get organized!