The New Year comes with so much fanfare, expense, and activity. For many, it symbolizes the coming of something new, with many looking to take bold steps, set new goals and targets, etc.

For many, the coming of the New Year is the cue to declutter their living spaces, take out old trash, eliminate junk, and get rid of redundant utilities and equipment. Every year, the holiday season brings additional items that have to be housed in the home. There is no better time to declutter your home than this period.

Here are some things to consider as you declutter in time for the New Year, this festive period.

New Year Party
before and after photos of garage.

Make a mental or physical list of the sections of your home that you want to declutter. This makes the task easy, as you can then sort them out in order of priority. You can start with the least difficult areas and then start with the heavily congested sections, or vice versa.

This is especially handy if you are very busy and hardly have time to clean up the house thoroughly. It also helps your overall efficiency. You can spend a few minutes every day, or an hour on weekends. Remember, you don’t have to do it all at once if you cannot spare the time. However, if you can afford it, you can devote one whole day or two days (weekend, preferably) to the task.

You will have to do this according to the schedule that you have set, breaking down the entire decluttering exercise according to the sections in your home.

The task can be daunting, especially if you have not decluttered in months or several belongings and a large living space. To motivate yourself, you can share your decluttering progress and resolution with your friends or family members, asking to keep track of your progress and provide moral support.

It can be difficult to decide which items to go and which should stay if you have several belongings. This kind of puzzle is often the case with collectors or folk who have sentimental attachments with odd items.

Remember that decluttering involves eliminating rubbish to make space for what is actually relevant. If you have not used an item in the past 12 months, that is your cue to dispose of it.

Bulk waste.
Bulk waste.

Label them Trash, Sell, Donate and Recycle. This makes things clearer and helps you salvage some items that aren’t useful to you but could be for others or other purposes.

After decluttering, make sure that the stuff you have decided to keep has space in your home. If you have not designated space for it, then you should.

Dispose of the items whose expiry dates have lapsed. Check on appropriate spices, canned food, toiletries, and medication, and do the needful.

Start the new year in a clutter-free space! If you need help decluttering your home, contact us at Paradog Junk Hauling and Disposal Services.