One of the things that I look forward to the most when it’s almost the end of the year aside from the Christmas festivities is the fact that I can do major cleaning around the house while on holiday break. I revel in the fact that I can also start to think of a new look for house just in time for the New Year. When you have a lot of clutter at home, I think you have to do the decluttering in phases. This is where a decluttering schedule comes in handy. Just put it up somewhere that you can easily see and schedule the major cleaning during weekends when you are free to spend hours sorting through the previous year’s junk.
After sorting through your clutter and throwing away the things that aren’t worth keeping, it’s now time to organize. Bring out the labeler and invest in a few good storage bins. Again, this process could take a while and cannot be done in one day. However, I guarantee you that you will feel good afterwards.
Why not earn a little from the junk you’re supposed to throw out. Who knows? Maybe a lowly neighbor might find your stuff interesting enough to put in his own home. You can use the earnings from this business venture into buying more storage bins for your things.
Re-purpose and Re-use.
Here’s the thing, a little DIY cannot hurt. You can re-use old mason jars into organizers for pens, holders for ladles, use old wine bottles as topiaries to add a little green inside the home and many other wonderful things. I usually browse Pinterest for ideas in doing some DIY projects for the home. The key here is to be able to re-use an item that you’ll otherwise throw away. The more items that you can re-use, all the better it is in helping the environment.
It’s easy to just purchase items and leave them lying around in odd places in the home but as another valuable home tip for the coming year, I suggest having the discipline enough to clean up messes around the house. To re-stock things that need to be filled and replace essential items that are showing signs of degradation. Also, try to resist buying more clothes when you don’t have enough space in your closet.
If you follow these tips diligently, by the end of the year, there will be fewer clutter that need to be rid of.
Cher Cabula is an interior designer by profession currently working for a design firm in Makati City. She got her Bachelor's degree from the University of the Philippines. While practicing full-time as an interior designer, she also maintains a lifestyle blog- Cher Cabula's Mindbox, writes as a Senior Writer for When in Manila and also keeps up with her hobbies of calligraphy and watercolor sketching through her Instagram - @chercabula.
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