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4 Tips To Declutter Your Home For The New Year

A new year is almost upon us and we all know what that means: New Year’s resolutions. Many people end up achieving great things come the new year. They set reasonable goals, make feasible plans, execute their plans, and take pleasure in having created positive change in their life.

Other people fall short of their goals, often due to a combination of lack of attention, and biting off more than they can chew. One of the easiest and most satisfying New Year’s resolutions you can undertake is to declutter your home. A decluttered home feels and looks great, frees up space, and allows you to focus on the things that really matter. Below are four tips to declutter your home for the new year.

Consider Using a Self Storage Unit

Before beginning your decluttering project this new year, remember that you don't have to get rid of things you think you might have use for at a later date, but don't necessarily want around at the moment. You can rent a self storage unit that will allow you to keep things out of your way while you decide what you want to do with them. Think of it as a way to allow yourself some leeway when deciding what goes and what stays.

Get Rid of Doubles

Many people, when they finally start their New Year’s decluttering project, find that they have doubles of things. This is especially true in the kitchen and immediately after Christmas. Two blenders, two coffee makers, two sets of beaters, double measuring cups. Your kitchen should be easy to navigate. Having two of everything makes that hard. Box up and store your doubled-up kitchen items and start the decluttering project in a room where you spend a ton of time.

The Closet

You might want to think about how much space you have in your closet that is currently dedicated to clothing and apparel that is not in use. If you live in a region of the country that experiences long, harsh winters, and you foresee many more months of jackets, hats, boots and gloves, but 50% of your closet space is currently dedicated to summer gear, consider boxing up the summer and spring stuff and either putting it somewhere else in your home, or into your self storage unit.

The Living Room

The living room can quickly become cluttered, especially when you have more people than usual in your home. The living room is a room where a lot of time is spent and, consequently, it also becomes a room where a lot of stuff gets left lying around. A simple once-over, stacking magazines, shelving books, putting pillows in their rightful spots, and adjusting ottomans goes a long way to making a room look decluttered.

Be Realistic

Many people end up keeping everything they've ever bought or been given simply because they can't bear to part with it. Some people take it to the extreme and become hoarders. When decluttering this new year, be honest about what you think you are likely to use again and what can go. If something has been sitting in a storage space for years and has never (nor will it ever) be touched, it might be time to try and find another home for it, or, where possible, recycle it.

Decluttering involves coming to grips with how much space you have, how many things you want to have in your home at a given time, and how comfortable you are with clutter. Clutter, after a while, becomes a psychological burden and can make spaces feel small and uncomfortable. Unlock your home's space this new year and declutter your way to happiness.