After years of decorating and home staging for other people, I have picked up some really great habits like decluttering. I de-clutter all year long in little bits but the week between Christmas and New Years is the best time of year to address the areas that cause me stress. Either the towels in the linen closet have to be shoved in to fit, or I trip on a pair of shoes because they are rolling off each other in their stacks, or I pass by a stack of magazines that I have collected and have become a table accessory instead of a stack of interesting reads.
I too gather a few layers of stuff throughout the year that need addressing! One of the major solutions to resolve clutter is having a place for everything and I have a place for everything. But what happens throughout the year is they fill up and begin to overflow like...
SHOES, COFFEE CUPS, TOWELS, MEDICINE BOTTLES, PLASTIC STORAGE CONTAINERS, BOOKS AND MAGAZINES, PHOTOS, ELECTRONICS, MOVIES, MUSIC CD'S, CLOTHES THAT DIDN'T FIT RIGHT, GIFT BAGS, FOOD AND SPICES THAT I THOUGHT I WOULD USE IN A NEW RECIPE BUT NEVER GOT THERE, HAND LOTIONS AND GROOMING PRODUCTS, CLEANING PRODUCTS, "NEED TO REPAIR" CATEGORIES LAID IN SHOE BOXES AND DRAWERS, HATS I WILL NEVER WEAR AGAIN, PHONE NUMBERS LYING AROUND ON BITS OF PAPER, TOOL BOXES AND SHELVES THAT GOT PUT BACK IN A HURRY, GARDEN SEEDS THAT DIDN'T GET PLANTED, CORK BOARDS FULL OF TO-DO NOTES THAT ARE COMPLETED. SNARLED JEWELRY, BEDDING THAT I DIDN'T USE DURING THE YEAR, COATS THAT DIDN'T GET WORN, AND THAT BAG OF IRONING I NEVER GET TOO (WHAT'S IN THERE ANYWAY?).
Well, this is my to-do list that I will be working on all this week. What is yours? There are plenty of charities and organizations that will find a use for everything that I am not using, (except the medicine bottles of course) and I will be creating a vacuum for the new while helping others along the way. Decluttering is a good thing. Pass it forward!
Have a great New Year!