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New Year’s Resolution: 3 Ways to De-Clutter for 2017

NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION: 3 WAYS TO DE-CLUTTER FOR 2017

We’re one week into 2017 and Instagram has been rife with #inspirational quotes for the year ahead. We’ve put together 3 easy ways to start your year right by de-cluttering your home

for a fresh start.

If you didn’t get around to doing your Spring Clean in October, now is the perfect time to get serious about tidying up your space.

Over the break, we had a read of the cult-classic ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up’ by Marie Kondo, who suggests simply holding an item and sensing whether it brings you joy. If it doesn’t, get rid of it, and you’ll be left with a minimal home filled with things you love.

It doesn’t stop there though: when you de-clutter your home, Kondo suggests you de-clutter your mind for a calm, motivated mindset that can inspire your life.

Although cleaning can seem daunting sometimes, our 3 tips will motivate and inspire you to re-work your home for your best possible year ahead.

1. RE-WORK YOUR CLOSET

Cleaning out your wardrobe is never fun. If you’re anything like us, you’ve got a closet jam-packed with clothes but just about nothing to wear, and it becomes a hassle to dig through everything for a free hanger. But when the seasons change, it’s a good idea to separate your wardrobe to make space for items you actually need.

Start with a cursory glance through your wardrobe and drawers for items you can donate to charity. Once you’ve got a pile of clothes you know you haven’t worn in a while (or don’t fit!) you can start organising your closet seasonally so you have easy access to your summer stuff.

Use suction storage bags to store jumpers, blankets and heavy coats for more room, and remember to thoroughly go through your intimate’s drawer to replace any stray socks or lacklustre underwear.

2. TIDY COUNTER TOPS

If you’re anything like us, you’ve probably got that annoying utility cupboard or drawer filled with odds and ends that you ‘might need one day’ but really you never use. Or what about a basket filled with pens, outdated bills and receipts or paperclips that seem important?

Somehow, these little piles of clutter linger throughout the house and it can become hard to get rid of it and know what you actually need. We suggest starting with anything you can put straight into recycling and getting it out of the way, like old receipts you held onto for potential refunds that are out of date.

Next, sort your stationary and throw out any chewed pens or paperclips. Be ruthless, and if you haven’t used your old iPod or don’t need the charger anymore, throw it out or add it to the pile of clothes for charity!

We like to designate a specific basket or drawer for some of the necessary but odd items, and if you can group things such as tools or stationary into a box, it’ll be much easier to find what you actually need in the future.

3. MULTI-USE FURNITURE

​When was the last time you re-arranged your home? Maybe it’s time to replace the lounge with a sofa bed so your guests don’t have to sleep on an air mattress the next time they’re in town. Or perhaps you’d like a bit of extra storage instead of relying on the built-ins.

Look for items that offer multiple uses, and you’ll be able to clean out your closet and tidy your home without losing any of the individual benefits. Plenty of lounges – and even beds – double as extra storage, so you can do more with less.

THREE IN ONE: Find furniture that gives you more than one use, so you can do more with less.

Or if you’re the type to ‘hang’ your clothes over a chair in your room, try using your airer instead. Not only will you be able to get a little more wear out of individual pieces (as hanging them correctly over an airer prevents wrinkled clothes and helps remove natural smells) but our airers are beautifully made pieces you’ll want to see and use every day as an accent in your home.

Made from solid beech, there’s a Miss Glass Home Airer perfect for your space.

Check out the range here.

Got any tips for de-cluttering your home (or life) this year? Let us know in the comments section below. Happy New Year!

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