The holidays are over and normal service has resumed. But with it being a time where we eat, drink, be merry, exchange gifts, and generally live in excess, January can feel like a good time to start fresh and clear out a few things around the home. Many people opt for a pre-Christmas declutter, but if that wasn’t you, then January is a great time to start fresh, clear out what you no longer need, and make space in your home. It can give you a much calmer feeling at home, as well as looking better and being much easier to clean.
Being able to simply throw away some things (or recycle) can be all that you need to do. But it is a good idea to bear in mind that if you have things that are in good condition but you simply don’t need them, they can be sold on perhaps or given away to a charity store. You could also look into a storage unit, much like this site, https://www.magentastorage.co.uk/, if you have things that you don’t need right now but don’t have the space for. Storage units can be a good way to declutter (especially for seasonal things like decorations), if the space for storing them could be put to better use for the rest of the time. So with that in mind, here are some of the places to start decluttering your home, and some of the things that you could take a look at sorting or clearing.
If you are someone that likes to re-read books again and again, then that is great. But are there better storage solutions for your books? If you don’t tend to re-read books, then is there need for them to be sat on a shelf? Pass on good condition ones or just get them in recycling.
Pots and Pans
The kitchen is a place where lots of equipment can quite easily accumulate, and over time, it can really add up. But do you need that many pans in your kitchen? The same can go for mugs or cups; are they taking over? See what you can clear out or put away into storage.
Now is a good time of year to take a look at what clothing you have. Are there things that you can’t remember when the last time you wore them was? If that is the case, is it time to part ways? You could also look at Marie Kondo’s tips for organizing your wardrobe on her site https://www.konmari.co.uk/; it is all the rage on Netflix at the moment.
Makeup and Toiletries
No matter how hard we try, the shampoo and condition never finish at the same time, and we might get a new shower gel before the other one is finished, and before we know it, there are bottles all over the bathroom. What can be thrown, what can be consolidated, and what can be left as it is? The same goes for your makeup bag; are there year old mascaras in there that you’ve not thrown out yet?