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Published on December 11th, 2011 | by thevyne

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5 Places to De-Clutter Now

Okay so it’s officially the holidays, which means New Year’s is right around the corner. Typically people like to wait until the new year (or right before it) to start doing things like de-cluttering and thinking about resolutions, etc. But why put off for tomorrow what you could do today? Considering you probably have holiday shopping, cooking and partying to do, why not get a head start on your de-cluttering so that you don’t have to think about it throughout the month or bring it into the new year with you. The trick is to chunk it out into manageable pieces for yourself so you don’t feel so overwhelmed. Here are five places to de-clutter now:

1) Your Product Graveyard: If you’re like us then nine times out of ten you have a product graveyard somewhere in your home. Whether it’s all of your hair and beauty products under your sink or the cleaning products you’ve amassed under your kitchen sink it’s time to de-clutter. As for hair and beauty products, pour out the one’s that didn’t float your boat and recycle the containers. Check for any expiration dates and pitch those that you’ve had for an embarrassingly long amount of time.

2) Your Kitchen Junk Drawer: Everyone has one and while it’s certainly okay to have one you should try to clean it out at least once a year. There are probably items in it that you no longer need or perhaps need to be reminded that you have. So filter through the items, pitch what you don’t need and reorganize what ever is left.

3) Your Dresser Drawers: Sometimes the thought of cleaning out your closet can be daunting, so start with just your dresser drawers. Determine what socks, t-shirts, undergarments, etc. have worn out their welcome and get rid of them. If there’s anything you haven’t worn in over two years then chances are you can get rid of it and not miss a beat.

4) Your Email Inbox: Nowadays marketers, businesses and anyone else on line can get ahold of your email address and spam your box left, right and center. So use this time to go through, delete messages you no longer need, unsubscribe from messages you no longer read and organize everything else into folders in your inbox. You’ll feel good the next time you go into your inbox and don’t see tens of unread and/or junk mail. What’s cool about this is that you can do it while sitting in front of the TV.

5). Your Storage Bin: Throughout your living space you probably have several functional storage areas. Perhaps you have those cubes you can sit on and lift the seat to reveal a storage container. Those things are the best since sliced bread! Whatever storage units you have around your house pick one or two to focus on and work your way through them. Then re-think what you really want to store in them so you can start the year with an organized storage method. A place for everything and everything in its place!


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One Response to 5 Places to De-Clutter Now

  1. Donate, donate, donate. Remember that one man’s junk is another man’s treasure. Don’t “pour out the [products] that didn’t float your boat; donate them. Post them on the free section of Craigslist, drop em’ off at a women/community or homeless shelter.

    Think of it as going green 😉

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