Whether you’re embracing a ‘new-year-new-you’ outlook or you’re just in the need of a good clear out, this time of year is the perfect time to declutter the home. Good news is, it doesn’t have to be a chore. Taking the time to go through your belongings and deciding what stays, what gets donated and what gets thrown can be a cathartic experience. We’ve got some handy tips to help you wipe the slate clean, usher in the New Year and say goodbye to unwanted mess…
- Create somewhere keys, purses or even the mail can sit as soon as you come home. This will ensure these important items are easily reached when you’re in a rush.
- If space permits, a bench by the front door will subtlety encourage guests to take their shoes off when they arrive. Which is great news for your floors. Extra points if there’s storage too, there’s nothing worse than tripping over sneakers when answering the door.
- Take advantage of empty wall space with hooks or a coat stand so you can easily take off outdoor layers.
- Don’t give into temptation and leave items on the stairs or in hallways – the rest of the household will walk past them.
The Living Room
- Keep it clutter free with carefully curated displays. If you no longer love looking at it, it’s okay to lose it.
- Invest in new pillows or a throw. This simple injection will give your living room an instant refresh and with any luck you’ll find a coin or two stuffed at the back of the couch.
- Tame the tech. Ensure DVDs, games consoles and any other devices have somewhere to live out of sight.
- Keep on top of old editions of magazines or newspapers and keep anything you’re going to read in a chic rack. Keep your coffee table clear for the important things. Coffee.
- Keep drawers organised with inserts. Not only will your drawers look fabulous but you won’t be digging around for five minutes every time you need a palette knife.
- Edit out old utensils and lose any doubles (anyone else have three wooden spoons?)
- Countertop canisters in playful prints and bright colors not only provide extra storage but they will refresh your kitchen too.
- How often have you really used that bread maker? Unless you’re a keen baker rethink if you really do need all these gadgets and gizmos.
- The junk drawer is not your friend.
- Unwanted toiletries are exactly that, unwanted. Go through your toiletry cupboard and you’ll probably end up finding a range of pieces often unopened. They’re welcomed as donations at homeless shelters, so you can give that unwanted gift to someone who really needs it.
- Treat yourself to some new towels, you’d be surprised what a crisp white towel can do for your space. Your old ones will also be happily received at animal shelters too.
- Towel hooks can alleviate your radiators and ensure they’re kept off the floor.
- Don’t let your bedroom become a dumping ground for laundry, unpacked bags and other items. Invest in attractive storage baskets and take the time to put things away every day. Little and often really does make a difference.
- Go through your closet and take the one year rule seriously. If it’s not been touched in a year, you’re probably not going to wear it again. Donate it to a worthy cause and give it a new lease of life.
- Treat yourself to new bedding. You’d be surprised what fresh, crisp sheets can do for the soul. It’ll make those dark January mornings a bit more bearable.
- Use a tray or bowl to keep trinkets organised. There’s nothing worse than rushing around looking for your watch when you’re already ten minutes late, so find yourself something to place on your nightstand and keep these essentials safe.