New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home
Yes, that’s right — you can make resolutions for your home just like you can for yourself and your family. There is no better time than the New Year to review what’s going on in your life - and why should your home miss out on the love?
Start 2018 off right by making a few New Year’s Resolutions to keep your home looking fresh and beautiful throughout the rest of the year. Let’s start with a clean slate by cleaning out the clutter that is bogging you down. Have you ever thought of what your clutter is costing you? Having a messy home can bring you down in many ways such as being embarrassed to have guest over, affecting your relaxation time, and wasting money buying duplicates of things you have lost.
A Place for Everything
Many of us end the holiday season with new stuff that we receive as gifts. If you don’t make a plan for where each new item will go, it can quickly grow roots in wherever it lands when you bring it through the door.
Sound familiar? If you haven’t already done so, spend some time making a plan for your new possessions and clearing out anything you need in order to make room for them. Do the same thing when you receive gifts for your birthday or other occasions throughout the year.
The beginning of a new year is a great time to declutter and re-evaluate what you do and do not need in your home. The days are short, and the weather is cold in most places, so make the most of the extra indoor time by getting organized.
Keep, chuck or reuse
The simplest thing you can do to refresh your home for a new year is to declutter by asking is this item useful or bringing me joy. When you take away the junk, you can see what you love about your home. Start with a plan by listing each room in your house and the hot clutter spots you want to tackle. Set completion dates and plan time to work in specific areas. All you will need to get started is three boxes (or laundry baskets) and a Pivit LadderTool to help reach the tops of your closets. The Pivit LadderTool is very helpful around the house even when it is not being used to level ladders.
Get into each room and consider the things you want to keep, those you want to get rid of and the items you could repurpose. Start small and work on it in 15-minute sessions. The “Three Box Method” is a great way to force you to make a decision on each item. Gather three boxes and label as KEEP, CHUCK, SELL. Once you are done going through one space, look at the SELL box and see what you can sell or donate. Facebook Marketplace, Nextdoor, and Craigslist are great sites to list your unwanted goods and make a little extra cash.
Donate Your Old Items
If you have some items you want to donate but don’t want to make a trip to Goodwill, then check out www.givebackbox.com. The purpose of Give Back Box is to provide an effortless and convenient method of donating your used household items. Give Back Box not only provides an easy way to be part of a truly good cause, but it also gives a secondary use to corrugated boxes and guarantees they will be recycled. So this is an all-around CSR & Sustainability solution that costs you literally nothing.
As a bonus, decluttering is completely free – and if you’re lucky you might even make some money from selling the things you no longer love.