Decluttering Guide For The New Year!

New year, new you, right? Does the also apply to your home? Of course it does! It is time to declutter! We have created a decluttering guide for your home to make the process easier and hope it helps out tremendously. Let’s start decluttering!

The Bedroom

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We’ll get started in the bedroom and move about from there. First comes the overflowing closet. Create three piles: donate, sell, and throw away. Donate the items that aren’t nice enough the sell, and throw away the items that aren’t nice enough to donate. Go through every item in your closet and dresser. If you want to keep it, leave it there. If it needs to go in one of the three piles, add it to the appropriate pile. When you are all finished, put all the clothes you are donating in large trash bags and place them in the back of your car to be taken to the donation center immediately instead of in your garage for 6 months. (It’s okay. We all do it.) Don’t forget to go through your bedding as well and to clean out your nightstand. That little piece of furniture always seems to get filled with clutter. Let’s move on to the bathroom…

The Bathroom

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It’s finally time to clean out the linen closet and the sink cabinets. We know, it’s scary, but it has to be done! We have to make it clean and organized again. Start by throwing out any ripped or raggedy towels and washcloths, old and out-dated magazines, moldy shower curtain liners, expired medicine and makeup, and some of the multiple bottles of lotion you have.

The Kitchen

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Ok, here comes a long list of things that NEED to be tossed from the kitchen: any appliance that has missing parts, any cups, mugs, pots, pans or sets of dishes you don’t use anymore, chipped plates or bowls, travel mugs that don’t have tops, anything expired (this includes spices and condiments), takeout menus and coupons, ripped or raggedy kitchen towels, and the baking sheet or pan that you know you have more than one of.

The Living Room

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Typically, not much gets thrown away or sold from this room each year, but a couple things definitely need to go, such as pillows or blankets that are ripped and torn and decor that no longer matches your new decor. Include on that list remotes for TVs and radios you don’t have anymore and any stained rugs that badly need to be replaced.

The Office

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Papers galore! Think green, like the color of the year, and recycle! Toss any papers that are just completely unnecessary, junk mail, catalogs and magazines that are out-dated, any office supplies you have multiple of, broken pencils, any old info post-it notes, and old planners, calendars, and receipts. Your office should get a serious deep clean and have everything you need nicely filed away by the end of this wipe out.

So much stuff and clutter around you can give a feeling of being overwhelmed and the feeling of a disorganized life. Clutter brings about a lot of bad vibes and negative energy, so it’s very important to clear out and utilize our decluttering guide to the max!

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New Year’s Party Checklist From A Designer

We have just a few days left to get everything together! Don’t you think a New Year’s party checklist would help? We sure did, so while we are going through our steps and getting ready for our party, we thought it would help others if we shared our checklist! Be ready to have a stress-free and enjoyable party!

Decorations

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Don’t be afraid to use sequins! It’s New Year’s! Everything can be flashy. Some important items in the decorations include tablecloths, glitter confetti, balloons, and string lights. (String lights make everything feel magical.)

Entertainment

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An amazing and creative backdrop with a ton of props for a New Year’s photo booth is an absolute must! Make sure it’s fun and makes everyone want to celebrate, of course. Don’t forget about the sound system and speakers playing the awesome playlist you created, and with personal hashtags becoming such a fad, why not create a hashtag for your party? Let’s not forget that most important entertainment of the whole night…watching the ball drop! Don’t let anything block the TV, and make sure there are places to sit if guests want to sit down to watch the festivities on TV.

Food & Drinks

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You can’t forget the champagne! Put together a little side plate of champagne garnishes including a fruit variety and rock candy. Champagne is always complemented with sweet and savory foods, so keep that in mind. Make sure the food table is decorated with noisemakers and confetti poppers. Those always make for a good time!

Have fun at your New Year’s party, and Happy New Year!

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