The first month
of 2014 is just about over, and if you’re still looking to make a change
for the new year a good place to start would be in your apartment!
Oftentimes the first step to a new you is by first making changes in
where you live and how you live, and a great start to a happier you is
by having less stuff, and keeping your apartment clutter free and
But getting rid of things is much easier said than done.
Clearing things out that you’ve kept around for weeks, months or even
years can be an internal struggle where you have to battle thoughts
like: “I used to really like this” and “I might need this someday”. Here
are some steps to get you clutter free:
1. Go through items you’ve outgrown or no longer use
- Be brutal. If it clutters up the room, and doesn't have a standard
place to live, put it in a sorting pile. After all, do you really need
those magazines which you have collected since 1998, but have rarely
2. Empty your closet and drawers – Take all the clothes that don’t fit and you haven’t worn in years and donate them so someone else can use them.
3. Go through your papers
– Whether they’re cards, or letters or old bills you still have, go
through everything and recycle anything you no longer need to keep for
financial purposes and items that don’t hold strong sentimental value.
Store anything that remains in organized folders.
4. Clean out the kitchen
– It’s easy to stock up on frozen foods, and non-perishable goods. Go
through everything—you might be surprised at how many expired, stale and
freezer burnt food you have. Don’t throw out food unless you know for
sure that you won’t or can’t use it, and going forward try not to stock
up on things just because they’re on sale.
And really the best
advice is to just start—don’t commit to doing it another day, start
today and start small. You won’t be able to get everything done in a day
so just start with a space that isn’t full of clutter and work your way
Once you’re done be sure to keep things as de-cluttered as
possible. You’ll find that once you’ve organized everything and given
everything a specific place it’s much easier to keep your apartment