“Out With the Old and in With the New!”
Once again, the holidays are over. The first months of a new year are always a good time to replace and reorganize. But be sure to stick to the motto, “Out with the old and in with the new.” Otherwise, you will end up with clutter. We often think of clutter as too many objects sitting out on display, but our drawers, cupboards and closets can also become cluttered if we do not clear them out at least once a year. Did you receive new towels or kitchen items this holiday season? Add them to your cupboards and take the old items to the thrift store or humane shelter. All humane shelters take old towels and blankets to be used for those sweet dogs and cats that have not found a home yet.
Donate to Charity
This might be a good time to teach your children the joy of sharing, as well. If their toy supply is now overwhelming, make it a New Year’s tradition that they pick out a few older toys to give away. It is never too early to teach your children kindness and charity. If they want to hold on to some items, put up some of the older play things and bring them out in later months when they can be “rediscovered” with delight.
Don’t Forget Your Furniture
If you used your fireplace during the colder evenings, your home is going to need a good dusting. This is the perfect time to give your furniture and decorative objects some attention. Not only the tops of your furniture, but also the fronts and sides should get a polish/clean. Remove your decorative pieces off the furniture and give them some love. And, while you’re at it, use this as an opportunity to reevaluate. It is easy for decorations to accumulate over time. Rearrange and weed out those that may be broken or outdated. You could even put up a few items for a while to give your home a fresh look. Sometimes, if there are too many objects displayed, we are unable to appreciate the beauty or memory of the individual items themselves.
Many of these projects can be delegated to the kids or your housekeeper. Make a good list and set aside a few hours. Decluttering can be very therapeutic and a welcome change to the appearance and feel of your home.