How to Declutter Your Home in 2019
Every year, the winter holiday season comes along and brings with it more stuff that we have to find a home for. That makes the New Year the perfect time to clear out all the clutter and get a fresh start.
When you follow the simple steps below, you can make decluttering your home painless and be more likely to keep your New Year’s resolution to declutter your home.
- Make a list of all the areas of your home to be decluttered, sorted from easiest to hardest. Start with the easiest area and work your way down the list.
- Decide how much time you’re going to commit to decluttering and stick with it. It could be 15 minutes a day or 1 hour every Saturday. Be realistic about how much time you can spend.
- Set completion dates for each area to be decluttered, giving yourself plenty of time for each one.
- Share your decluttering resolution with close friends or family, asking them to keep you accountable and give moral support.
- When you have trouble deciding what to do with an item if it doesn’t have sentimental value and you haven’t used it in the last year, get rid of it.
- Set up 4 boxes to put your unneeded clutter in and label them “Recycle,” “Donate,” “Sell,” and “Trash.”
- Make sure everything you keep has a place to live in your home. If it doesn’t have a designated place, create one.
- If the expiration date on any food, spices, medication, toiletries, etc has passed, dispose of them properly.
Because decluttering gives you greater control of your life, more energy, and less stress, decluttering is one of the most popular New Year resolutions people tend to make.
Keep reading to learn how to declutter like a boss and make 2019 your best year ever.
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Declutter Your Home
Physical clutter in your home can have a direct impact on your mental health. Start the new year off with a well-organized home and clear mind. One of the best and least expensive ways to feel better about yourself and your home is to clear it of clutter.
The end of the year is an especially good time to declutter your living and office space. This year, resolve to go room-by-room and clear out anything that you don’t use, wear, or love and get rid of it.
One of the first things to do is make an honest list of the things you really need or can’t live without. Anything not on that list can be recycled, donated, sold, or thrown away.
When you have especially bulky items or boxes and bags full of random clutter, you can use a junk removal company like LoadUp to get rid of it for you.
Maybe your spare room is now a closet, or your children’s old toys are gathering mildew in the garage. Clear your counters and tables of everything you don’t use on a daily basis, and get ready to breathe a little easier in your own home.
Keep those everyday life sorts of items such as DVDs, remotes, and kicked-off shoes in simple woven baskets and group other similar items together on chic trays.
Having a clear idea of what your decluttering goals are, you can make a list per room of all the things you need to get rid of.
By using a junk removal service you can have your house clear of all the stuff you no longer want or need in no time and start the new year fresh.
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Declutter Your Life
Whether hitting the gym more or cutting out caffeine, whatever your New Year’s resolution, clearing out your home or office a bit will help you to get the right mindset to achieve any of your goals for 2019.
The thing is, it can be pretty hard to actually part with some items. A lot of times, we end up holding onto stuff due to a subconscious worry about the future or holding onto the past.
We keep saying we’re going to use it one day, or we feel bad about getting rid of it because it was a gift. We can even feel pressure to own certain things because “everyone else has one.”
Instead of giving in to those bad feelings, you can take back control. When we make a conscious decision to change the way we feel about things, it empowers us to make the decision for ourselves instead of letting guilt or fear control us.
Think of it this way: It’s your life and your house, and you get to decide who or what is welcome and what needs to go. Surrounding yourself with things you don’t want but cause you to feel guilt will only weigh you down. The best way to know what to let go of is to ask yourself these questions:
“Does this item bring me joy?” and “Does this item serve me?” If the answer to either of these questions is yes, then that is a worthy item to keep.
If your answer was “no,” then follow up with asking,“Even though I don’t love or use this item anymore, would someone else like to have it?” If the answer to this question is “yes,” you can donate that item or give it away.
If you still find it hard to let go, remind yourself what you could gain and what your life could look like without all the clutter in the way. You’re making more space in your home and your life for the things you do love.
Something interesting happens when we make an effort to get our things and our lives organized. We begin to gain energy and focus on what we really love and enjoy when we clear out all the mess around us.
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We all tend to build up piles and piles of stuff every year. Without some regular purging, cabinets and drawers get packed full and it becomes a chore to find the things you love and use the most. Plus, all that clutter makes your house look dated and dingy.
As you go through each area of your home and decide what you can live without, separate the items into categories by placing them in the boxes you set up earlier: “Recycle,” “Donate,” “Sell,” and “Trash.”
Especially if you’ve been putting off decluttering your home for quite a while now, you’ll probably start to wonder what you’re supposed to do with it all to get rid of it.
There are plenty of options when it comes to doing away with your clutter. Many cities and municipalities have disposal or recycling centers where you can drop off items to dispose of them properly.
If you feel like getting all that stuff out of your house is just too much to handle alone, that’s okay! The most useful, fast, easy, and cost-effective way to finally rid yourself of all the clutter is with a junk removal company.
Once you’ve gone through your stuff and sorted it into categories, you can book a pickup with a junk removal company to come into your home and haul everything away that you no longer have use for. They will make sure the items are disposed of properly.
Some junk removal companies, including LoadUp, will take any recyclables to a nearby recycling center or will drop off appropriate items at a charity donation center.
A junk removal company can pick up all kinds of junk, like big bulky stuff you don’t want to lift, junk that’s all dirty and dusty, everything from old furniture, appliances, electronics, carpet, mattresses, exercise equipment, recreational equipment, and just about anything else you can think of.
If you were to do it all on your own, you would have to find a place that will take your junk, and you would have to pay a fee for them to take it. Not to mention the cost of gas used to haul your junk there and return home, plus the time lost from your day.
LoadUp is a nationwide, professional junk removal company providing fast, easy, and affordable junk removal at prices that are 20-30% lower than what most other junk removal companies charge.
Just like other junk removal companies, LoadUp does charge a fee to pick up and dispose of your junk for you, but when you compare the cost to the huge amount of time and energy you save, it’s definitely worth it.
LoadUp provides customers with honest, up-front prices, environmentally friendly disposal methods like donation and recycling, and incredibly fast service.
Each independently contracted Loader carries a $1M insurance policy and is thoroughly screened through professional, third-party background checks before they’re allowed to complete pickups on the LoadUp platform, so you know you’re completely safe inviting them into your home or office.
At LoadUp, we’re excited to be leaders in the junk removal industry with our cutting-edge technology platform, providing our customers with amazing features including real-time notifications, live GPS tracking, and white label pre-calling, to name just a few.
LoadUp also knows that by providing exceptional service and low prices, you’ll remember them again the next time you declutter or need to get rid of junk.
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