Each winter, millions of people across the world create resolutions for the new year. Whether you resolve to start exercising, spend more time with family, or pick up a new hobby, everyone wants to start their year on the right foot. The best way to set yourself up for a year of success is to declutter your living space and give yourself a fresh start. Here are six different types of objects piling up in your home that can be tossed or stored to ensure that nothing stands between you and a great new year.
Now that the biggest holidays have come and gone, it’s time to take down the tinsel and the lights. Instead of tossing all of your ornaments and stockings into an old cardboard box, consider purchasing a plastic bin where you can neatly store them together. Seasonal mugs and plates can be stored separately from larger items to ensure their safety. Any bunting or banners can also be folded up and tucked away until next year, along with those snowflake-patterned placemats and Grandma’s favorite tablecloth. Say goodbye to the plastic tree and say hello to more living space!
Pastries, cookies, and other delicious baked goods are a staple of the winter holidays. But what should you do with your seasonal Santa apron and the matching cookie cutters after all of the presents have been unwrapped? These holiday tokens can be packed up and put away until next December, of course, but always ensure that they are being stored in an airtight container to prevent any bacteria from building up while they are out of the rotation.
Unused or Old Toys
Out with the old and in with the new. Children often receive their fair share of new toys and gadgets as a result of the gift-giving season, so why not use this as an opportunity to move out some of the more well-loved pieces in their collection? Action figures, dolls, old costumes, and toys that go neglected can be stored together and labeled for future play. Outdoor toys, such as playhouses and plastic furniture, can take up a great deal of space when not in use, so consider storing them during months when playing outside is less common due to unfriendly weather conditions.
Children aren’t the only ones who enjoy new toys during the holidays. If you received an upgrade to your television, computer, or video game console, you will probably find it difficult to arrange all of your electronics without taking up too much space. Consider storing devices that are outdated or broken, including old laptops and handheld music devices, which accumulate over the years and no longer serve their initial functions. You’ll be surprised by the amount of space you free up after collecting unused electronics and storing them for a later time.
One of the best ways you can declutter for the new year is by getting rid of media that haven’t been used recently and are not likely to be used any time soon. This can include DVDs and CDs, both of which have seen much less use in recent years compared to their digital counterparts. DVD and CD collections can easily become massive, and they take up a great deal of room when displayed. These pieces of media can be stored or donated, as many films and albums are now available on streaming sources, which take up much less space.
If your closet has been overtaken by the clothing you no longer wear, it might be time to rethink your wardrobe organization. As a new year begins, you might find yourself exchanging your heavy coat for a lighter jacket, but have you noticed how much space that winter coat takes up? Storing your seasonal clothing, including heavy shoes, long sleeve shirts, and ugly Christmas sweaters allows you to create space in your closet for more seasonally-appropriate garments. This is also a great time to determine whether or not any of your clothes are the wrong size and either donate or store them, as well.
Ready to Declutter for the New Year?
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