Decluttering For The New Year

Thursday, January 3, 2019

2019 is here and I am ready for a fresh, clean slate. To me, this starts with my home, the space that I spend the bulk majority of my time throughout the entire year. If I had to guess, I am sure that you have things piling up around your house. Maybe you got a bunch of Christmas presents that you didn’t want or need, or maybe you have way too many clothes now that you got some for Christmas (or just throughout the year). No matter why your house is full, it’s time to focus on decluttering it.

Starting the New Year off with a decluttered home is the best feeling in the world, but if you don’t know where to start, it can be very challenging and frustrating. A lot of people start decluttering and then quit halfway through because they just cannot figure out what to do with their items. If that sounds like you, keep reading along because I’m here to help you start and finish your decluttering session! Here we go:

Start With Your Most Dreaded Space
My best tip is to start with your most dreaded place. For a lot of people, this is their closets. For some reason, people begin to feel attached to their clothing. People associate special events, trips, or times in their lives with certain pieces of clothing and hold on to it for dear life. Even clothes that do not fit - people hang on to them, hoping that they will fit one day. Years after I graduated from high school, I found clothing that I had from freshman year of high school, hoping that I would be able to fit back into them one day. If that’s you, toss them. If you lose a ton of weight, go buy new things. You don’t want those pieces in your closet, spreading negativity anyway - it will just make you think about losing weight constantly.

Say Yes To Donating
Say yes to donating, especially if you have coats and other cold weather clothes that you don’t need or want anymore. According to Atlanta Mission, some of these items are much needed for women:
  • New underwear and new bras (All sizes, especially larger sizes)
  • New towels and new washcloths
  • $5 MARTA Breeze cards
  • Pull-ups (2T-5T)
  • Gift cards (Walmart, Target, Kroger, Fast food restaurants in small increments - $5/$10)
  • Adult coats and jackets (All sizes, especially larger sizes)
  • Hats, gloves, and scarves
  • Fall/Winter clothing - (in season)
  • Baby food and formula
  • Toddler clothing, socks, and shoes (Sizes 2T-5T)
  • Soap, shower gel, lotion, shampoo, and conditioner (Full size)
  • OTD medications (Tylenol, cough syrup/drops, children's Motrin, Maalox, Benadryl, etc.)
  • Professional wear clothing
  • Non-slip shoes
  • Umbrella's (Full and travel size)
  • Infant bathtubs
  • New car seats and strollers
  • Children's hygiene products (lotion, powder, bubble bath)

Sell The Things You Don’t Need
If you have valuable items that you don’t need, sell them! In Atlanta, there is a company called Chapes - JPL that you’ll want to know about. Chapes - JPL was established in 1980 as an alternative to banks and traditional pawnbrokers. They provide low-interest loans on gold, diamonds, jewelry, watches, and other valuable assets in a safe, confident location out of Buckhead. Their private business office services over 18,000 customers nationwide and they loan strictly on collateral. In addition, they also purchase jewelry and other valuable items, no matter what shape they are in. So, if you have high-quality jewelry, or even purses, check out Chapes-JPL so that you can make cash off of your jewelry in a straight-forward and gimmick-free way.

Memorize This Acronym
Huffington Post says, “Until further notice, do not go out and buy anything new and unnecessary—no retail therapy, no “great deals” and no sales! Instead, purge as much clutter as possible as quickly as you can using the F.A.S.T. method. Here’s a step-by-step breakdown on how to clean house and get organized.

F: Fix a time. Schedule a time that suits everyone involved. Cleaning up is a family affair, so get everyone on board by scheduling your kick start at a time that works for everyone and make attendance mandatory! Set aside a Saturday or a Sunday, or a few hours every day, to start the process.

A: Anything not used in 12 months. Face it: If you haven’t used an item in the last year, it is highly unlikely you really need it or that you are going to ever get enough use out of it to justify it cluttering up your home. Take the plunge and get rid of it! Ask yourself these questions as you encounter each piece of clutter:
• Do I use this?
• How long has it been since I’ve used it?
• Will I use it again?
• Is it worth the space it takes up in my house?
Remember: The objective is to get stuff out of your home, not to move it into another room. You will be amazed by the sheer volume of unused and unneeded items in your home. Don’t spend time inventing reasons to keep these things.

S: Someone else’s stuff. It’s bad enough when clutter is your own, but it is totally crazy when the clutter belongs to someone else. Your house should not contain anything that doesn’t belong to you. If it’s something you’ve borrowed, give it back. If you’ve ended a relationship or gotten a divorce, now’s the time to let your ex’s belongings go. If your kids have established their own households, it’s time for them to pick their stuff up.

T: Trash. The trash can is your friend. It is your very hungry friend. Take pride in how much you throw away and make it fun. Compete with your family members to see who tosses the most or award a prize to the best purger. Remember the goal: You only want to keep the amount of stuff that makes sense for your space.”

1 comment :

  1. I totally agree on starting with the most dreaded place first. I always do it last so the process takes much longer then it should.