Christmas has come and gone and now we are left with stuff. Stuff everywhere. The kids got new toys, books and clothes. The adults got new clothes, toiletries, electronics, books… Now where do you put everything? I am the queen of no clutter so this poses a challenge for me every year. I want all extras behind closed doors and organized. I have sufficient space to store an excess of things. Yet I still struggle with having what feels like too much. Here’s how I cut the clutter.
Donating makes you feel better about getting rid of perfectly good items. I just imagine that my items will go to someone who will appreciate and use them much more than I do. You can donate most household items and even appliances and larger pieces. There are different organizations in different cities that accept these types of donations.
I have found an excellent consignment shop that I sell my higher end pieces. It’s a simple process. I take bags of clothes, shoes and accessories and they sell what they can and donate the rest. I make money from this and I get rid of clutter. It’s a win/win especially for me!
Get One / Give One
This is a great thing to start with kids so that as adults they are used to editing their things. If a child (or adult) gets a gift ask them to get rid of something they no longer use. This way you never run out of hangers or toy box space.
Have a party with your girlfriends where everyone brings clothes or home decor that you no longer want or need and swap it! One Man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
Organize What You Keep
No matter how great you are at getting rid of extras there are still things that need a place in your home. Here are some photos of great storage ideas for different areas of the house:
Add a Storage Cabinet
Display items Beautifully
Use Kitchen Products
Use Pant Hangers for Tall Boots
I hope you can de-clutter your house and life for the new year!
All pictures from Pinterest