As 2019 begins, many people set New Year’s Resolutions. One of the most popular resolutions is to be better organized. Getting organized often begins with decluttering or purging of items that no longer serve a purpose in one’s life. To give yourself a fresh start, here are some suggestions of what to purge from your home in the new year.
Common Items to Purge for a Fresh Start in the New Year
As you put away this year’s holiday decorations, look at the items that you did not display this year. If you don’t see yourself using these in the future, donate or sell those items.
If you save some or all holiday cards, store them away in a designated place. If there are cards you don’t want to keep, recycle those immediately.
Old Calendars and Planners
Unless you save these for record keeping or nostalgic purposes, the new year is a good time to discard old calendars and planners.
Sort through your dressers and closets and discard clothing that no longer fits, is out of style, uncomfortable or worn out.
Gather all of your shoes together and try on each pair. Get rid of any shoes that are worn out, out of style, damaged, or uncomfortable to wear.
Food in the Pantry and Fridge
Discard expired foods or donate ingredients you will never use that are taking up space inside your fridge or pantry.
Excess Kitchen Items
Declutter excess dishes, mugs, utensils or cooking appliances that you haven’t used in over a year that are in your kitchen. Also, purge any plastic containers for leftovers that are in poor condition or no longer have matching lids.
Toys and Games
If you have children, they probably received new toys and games over the holidays. The new year is a good time to sort and purge the toys and games that they no longer play with or have outgrown.
Items such as old laptops, tablets, phones, gaming systems, cables and accessories that have become outdated can often be recycled, sold or donated.
Books and Magazines
If you own books or magazines that you will never read or will not read again, these are great items to recycle, donate or sell.
Out of Date Paper Files
You can shred or recycle documents that are outdated and just taking up space in your home office. This is also a good time to set aside the important documents needed for filing your most recent tax returns.