Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to lose weight and get healthier? If so, you’re not alone. Millions of Americans resolve to ‘clean house’ by eating cleaner, exercising more and generally living a healthier life each January. But what about your home? Shouldn’t the same apply? Don’t we all need to shed some house weight by de-cluttering and living in a cleaner, lighter home? If our bodies need less food, maybe our homes need less stuff.
Having a bulky, cluttered home will only weigh you down. Here’s some tips for achieving the lofty, but manageable goal of creating a cleaner, leaner home in 2017:
Start by creating proper storage space. Let’s face it, there’s no point in trying to de-clutter when you don’t have the right place to put everything. Crammed, dark spaces aren’t the solution. Start by identifying areas of your home to create proper storage. Large closets, areas of the garage and the attic or basement are likely places. Are they well-lit? Do they have shelving? Are they easily accessible. Once you’ve got your areas identified, the de-cluttering can begin.
Organize in height/weight order. Start with the largest items. Move the bulkiest, heaviest items first to get them out of the way; you will likely be using these items less. Smaller items can be sorted on shelves or hung on hooks on the wall.
Learn to let go. One of the most important principles of de-cluttering is knowing when something has to go. Haven’t used it in over a year? Then you probably don’t need it. Keep a large box or bag handy when your weeding through items and whatever you’re not keeping, put in the ‘donation bin.’ Take this to the nearest donation place or recycling center. Remember: donations are tax deductible! Here are a few places to contact:
Recycling NJ – a helpful sites for lists of places to take unwanted furniture and other items
Love to Know – check out this article to find donation centers state wide
The Salvation Army – find the nearest Salvation Army donation center
Organizers for Charity – find charities that will pick up donations at your home
Need help with home organization, de-cluttering and weight loss in the New Year? The Paulis team are experts in helping you get organized. Their team can create custom storage spaces, shelving, closets, sheds and more! Call us for a free consultation today!