A new year is right around the corner, and I love starting a new year fresh. So as soon as December hits, I know it’s time for a declutter session. In this post I am going to be sharing things you can declutter from your house too before the new year comes.
#1: Clothes that I haven’t worn the entire year:
Donating clothes is probably the hardest one for me. I always find myself saying “Oh but what if I need this Having to buy more clothes will be such a waste of money, won’t it be?” BUT over the last couple of years I have learned to let go. It’s still not easy but it’s so worth it. Anything that I haven’t worn in the last 12 months or so, has to go. There are obviously exceptions like really warm winter jackets and all the traditional Indian suits that get worn only on special occasions etc, but you get the point right.
It is such a great way to begin the new year. lately I have also been trying to be really minimal with my clothing and having less items definitely helps. It makes getting ready in the mornings so much easier. Maybe 2021 will be year I experiment with a capsule wardrobe, time will tell.
#2: Expired makeup:
I don’t wear a lot of makeup on the daily but I still like buying makeup. And that’s why it usually ends up getting expired before I can finish it. I have been focussing on buying less of it, but whatever is expired gets thrown out.
Decluttering shoes is really simple. Anything that’s broken, torn and anything you don’t get a lot of wear out of, can be donated/thrown out depending on the condition they are in. Shoes that aren’t really your style anymore can also be donated.
#4: Expired medicine:
I am so guilty of not checking the expiry dates on the medicines more often. I KNOW! I KNOW! But cleaning at the end of the year and throwing away all the expired medicines is a great step.
I do not buy a lot of home decor items. I like selecting the pieces very carefully and planning what decor pieces I want and really lOVE. BUT if you are one of those people who collect a lot of home decor pieces that serve no practical purpose and are just collecting dust, maybe it’s time to let them go. I am also a big advocate on buying decor pieces that serve a purpose.
#6: Declutter pantry:
Again one of those places that need you to constantly check for expiry dates on things. So throw away anything that’s past its expiry date. I will also raid the fridge and throw out anything that’s past the expiry date.
At this point I also take out the time to organise the pantry and make sure every jar is clean and properly labelled.
#7: Declutter stationery:
This may not be for everyone but if you are a stationery hoarder like me, this is a must. I have more notebooks than I probably need in my lifetime, and yet I keep buying new ones. It’s the one place where I fail to be a minimalist.
AND no, I am not asking you to donate your notebooks! I will NEVER.
BUTTT, there is still a lot of decluttering you can do. Maybe you have pens that don’t work anymore, or have run of ink, it’s time to throw them. And if you have the heart, make sure you donate the stationary items as well.
I have a rule to donate half my stationery things except notebooks, at the end of the year. This way, I get rid of things I don’t really use (and make space to buy more stationary, Shhhh! That’s out little secret).
#8: Declutter the sheets and towels cabinet:
Last year my puppy tore my absolute favourite bed sheet and I thought ok well I will make something out of it and I kept it. BUT, as you can guess, I never got around to doing that.
It’s time to let all such things go. towels that you don’t use anymore, bedsheets that are damaged and you can’t up cycle, let them go.
#9: Declutter Mail & Paperwork:
I have no shame in admitting that I hate doing paperwork. BUT, what I love is decluttering the paperwork because that just means less papers and documents for me to keep in place.
I make sure I segregate everything into folders and files and only keep whatever is important. For the rest, I will usually put them through a shredder.
#10: Declutter the random trinklets cabinet:
There is no other name for it. I am sorry.
I have this cabinet in out living room, that has the most random things ever. It has everything from party decorations to DIY stuff, to our society club membership cards. There is just so much stuff that I can’t probably list it all, even if I tried.
BUT, every once in a while, I do like decluttering this cabinet so that :
- I can make space for more random things. 😀
- I can remind myself what all is in there, so I know where to look when I need something LOL.
#11: Declutter Books and magazines:
I have more books than I like to admit and since we live in an apartment, there is very limited space for them. So, what I like doing is, declutter the books cabinet. I try to exchange books with some of my friends and the rest, I will just donate. Such a neat way to make space for new books to read in the new year.
And don’t get me started on investing in a kindle and buying e-books. I am an old soul. I love the feel of regular books. And I love having a book in my hand. It is what it is.
#12: Declutter digital files:
This is something that I do on a weekly basis, otherwise the files get too big to handle. BUT, I love doing digital declutters. And I make sure I take out the time to go through my old hard drives as well, and see what files I can delete.
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That’s it folks. Decluttering you need to do to begin your new year on a fresh note. Did I miss something? Do let me know in the comments below! 🙂