How to Declutter This New Year
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Looking for something to fill your time while at home during the coronavirus/COVID-19 quarantine? This extra time stuck in the house is a great opportunity to clean, organize and declutter. The Doctors suggest focusing on your closet, garage, and kitchen.
Professional organizer Tracy McCubbin says you need to ask yourself these questions about whether to keep or get rid of something:
- Do you use it on a semi-regular basis?
- Is it making you money?
- Can you buy it again or borrow it easily?
- Do you have a place to put it away?
- Do you love it?
In the closet: Tracy says if you cannot move your hangers an inch that your closet may be cluttered and in need of a purge. She says one area to look at when it comes to getting rid of something is old winter coats, which can be very helpful to donate to those in need. She also says people need to ask themselves if everything in their closet flatters their current figure or body, not their "future body."
In the kitchen: She says an overstuffed refrigerator filled with old food and cartons will not inspire you to make tasty and healthy meals. She feels a decluttered fridge is a great starting point if you’re aiming to eat better and cook more. And when it comes to the utensil drawer, she suggests getting rid of old napkins, utensils and chopsticks and put them in the recycling bin.
In the garage: Tracy says only 25 percent of Americans have room in their garages for their cars and garages are usually filled with items we don’t use. One area to focus on is sports equipment that you or your children no longer use or have outgrown. She suggests donating these items.
Check our more decluttering tips from Tracy in her new book, “Making Space, Clutter Free.”
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