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New Year’s Resolutions for a more organised home in 2017:

29 December 2016

We all know the usual cycle with New Year’s resolutions. They get made, we tick off the first few things, and then the list gets buried somewhere for the rest of the year. Not this time! Now you’ll be able to find the list no matter where you put it, because it’s time to de-clutter!

HERE ARE OUR TOP SUGGESTIONS FOR CREATING MORE SPACE IN YOUR HOME:

1. CLOSET HANGER EXPERIMENT

To de-clutter your wardrobe, try the Closet Hanger Experiment, made famous by Oprah Winfrey. Hang all your clothes with the hangers in the reverse direction. Once you wear an item, put it back with the hanger in the right direction. This will enable you to easily identify which items of clothing you aren’t wearing at all over 3 or 6 months.

2. FOUR CONTAINER METHOD

For almost every other area of the home, you can use the Four Container Method. Buy three large plastic containers and label them: Give, Keep and Store and use a rubbish bin as the fourth (Throw). Go through each area of the home where you feel clutter has gathered, and use the method to clear the space. Give away to charity, store in your attic or basement and rearrange back into the space in an uncluttered way.

3. COMPARTMENTALISE

Organize that drawer that ends up storing all your random bits and pieces (candles, elastics, batteries, matches etc) by using plastic drawer separators or compartments so you know exactly what you have and where it is.

4. PACK ACCORDING TO SEASONS

Every different season brings a different variety of ‘things’ that end up floating around the front door and entranceway to your home. In Winter, it’s gloves and beanies and in Summer, it’s sunscreen and towels. Purchase a large plastic ‘Seasons’ container where you can store all the bits and pieces pertinent to that season in a cupboard near the front door to grab and go.

5. SET A REALISTIC TARGET

Don’t expect to get through de-cluttering your entire home in one day, and don’t expect to have the energy to clean up for 8 hours straight either. De-clutter the worst spots first, and do one area per day.

We hope these tips help you step into 2017 with a clean, uncluttered space that you can enjoy.

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