Now the holiday season is over its time to get back into the swing of things! Let’s clear up the home and start the new year in order! If your currently looking around your home wondering where on earth to start, keep reading for some of our decluttering tips!

Santa’s rule: get one and toss two!

Santas Rule
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If your children toys and presents are currently taking up every spare corner of the room and every spare space on the shelf, try the get one and toss two rule.

New Christmas pyjamas? Before adding to the pyjama drawer find two sets that are either old or outgrown and toss them out before adding to whats already there!

New DVDs or games for consoles? Again, find two you no longer watch or they no longer play with and remove from the shelf before adding to whats there!

Use this rule for whatever they may have got, shoes, toys, dressing up outfits, arts and crafts and so on!

If the items are still in a reasonable condition, donate them to your local charity shop or clothes bank and start the new year by helping those less fortunate!

Decluttering your kitchen and bathroom and hidden drawers!

Unlike the kids, most of the gifts we as adults receive are more household items or sentimental things. So why not take the opportunity to declutter the areas these items are normally placed?

Pots pans and food processors

If your mother in law has brought you a new coffee machine this year or the hubby’s purchased a new food processor before you put it away get rid of anything similar you had before! There’s no need to have your new coffee machine on the worktop and the old one shoved on top of the cupboards gathering dust! Similarly whilst clearing out those cupboards if you come across something you haven’t used in over 12 months, chances are you won’t use it again – so get rid of it!

Medicine cabinet

Check everything is still in date! Medicines and tablets have an expiry date – so make sure what your storing is actually able to be consumed if needed! Use a basket system and put together different types of things eg (tablets, plasters/bandages/daily medication/creams etc)

Makeup drawer

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We all love a make-up set lets face it, but we don’t always use EVERYTHING in it. So before opening the drawer to dump the new lot inside, bag up your old eyeshadows, lipsticks and anything else you haven’t used and keep the main essential items you always go to! If you have kids fond of rummaging through and using your best make up, give it to them to use and play around with.

Bedding and towels

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House decor and home fashion trends change frequently, so if you still have an old duvet from your grandmother in your drawer along with the other 8/9 sets you have brought in the last few years why not just get rid of it? Same with towels – if you only have half a set of one coloured towels and full set for another, why not get rid of them? This will save space for the go-to items you spend ages trying to find underneath all the bedding and towels you NEVER use!

Give everything a home

The best way to be organised is to ensure you give everything its own place to  “live”. If everything has it own designated area to live in you won’t find yourself looking around for it or losing it. Similarly, if there’s no space to give something a home, you probably need to clear out the old to make room for the new! The longer you have lived somewhere the easier it is to become a hoarder and hold on to silly items for sentimental reasons!

So all in all, decluttering is an essential start to the new year. It lets us go out with the old and in with the new! Start the new year right this year – why not pick one area at a time and start there. You’ll be surprised how good it feels when its all done!

 

Happy decluttering guys! Let us know your experiences.

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