There is rarely a better time to streamline your life for the year ahead than as the holiday season comes to a close. Simply replacing old items or throwing out unusable ones can make a world of difference to help you declutter your home. We at MoneyKey have some recommendations on how to tidy up and start your year off right.
Ditch damaged (or ugly) Decorations
You probably should have done this when you took out the decorations, but we’re not judging. If you’re someone who loves to decorate during the holidays, you understand that sometimes there are casualties. Ornaments, lights, even your favorite candy dish may not make it through the holiday season. When the season ends, putting away decorations might not be as fun as taking them out, but if you’re proactive you won’t be packing as much, and you’ll save yourself some trouble next year.
Replace the Old with your New Gifts
Remember that time you said you needed a new wool sweater because your current one was worn out? If you get a new sweater, it’s time to get rid of the old one. We get it, some clothing items have sentimental value, but you can’t keep everything forever. This rule is not only for clothing. Appliances, toys, and books can all be on your list of replaceable items, and feel free to donate any usable items to your local charity or thrift store.
Clean the Kitchen/Pantry
Are you done eating leftovers from the all the holiday celebrations you’ve hosted or attended? Have you been buying extra tins of cranberry every year since 2005 but haven’t been using them? Does your Tupperware not look the same anymore? It’s time to start the new year on a high note with some much-needed kitchen and pantry cleansing. If you’re not eating it or it has expired – throw it out. Should your Tupperware have hard water or food stains, you should be able to use either baking soda or vinegar to clean them. If not, it’s time to recycle. Cleaning out the fridge and pantry may also help with any nutrition-related resolutions you have.
We tend to think of the new year as a time to do something differently, and this usually comes in the form of a resolution. Maybe you’re deciding to become a minimalist, or perhaps you’ve decided that you’re tired of being messy. Either way, decluttering is one of the easiest ways to get rid of literal and figurative baggage heading into the new year.