If you don’t know where to start, we’ve got great ideas for you.
1. The pantry
You probably have so many seasonings and food items that you haven’t used in ages. Start with cleaning out your pantry and getting rid of anything you no longer use or eat.
If you have old food or beverages that you have no use for anymore, simply throw them out. Check expiration dates, because it’s likely that you also have expired items that you never even used.
2. Bathroom drawers
Listen, we all know how cluttered and unorganized bathroom drawers get throughout the year. Before the new year, deep clean your drawers and throw out any personal items you don’t need anymore.
Items such as makeup, old toiletries and accessories often get thrown into bathroom drawers without notice. Sooner or later, you realize that your bathroom drawer has become your junk drawer.
3. Kitchen drawers
Similar to bathroom drawers, kitchen drawers can also often become “junk drawers” by accident. Go through your kitchen utensils and cooking appliances to see if there’s anything you don’t use anymore.
More times than not, kitchen items just end up collecting dust. Make sure you actually utilize the utensils you choose to keep.
This is a tough one. Going through your closets might take some time, but it’ll be worth it in the end. Consider giving away clothes that you no longer wear. You can donate the items to different charities.
It’s also a great idea to go through your closet floors and get rid of any items you forgot were even there to begin with. If you haven’t even looked at something in over a year, it’s a telling sign that it’s probably not something you need.
5. Magazines and books
Some people keep a lot of magazines or books in their apartment which is fine, but it’s good to purge this pile every year and start fresh. Old magazines and books serve little to no purpose in that bin next to your couch. Go through all of them and see what you actually want to keep, then decide what to get rid of.
This especially applies to people who travel a lot. If you travel often and have a toiletry bag that you re-use for trips, it’s important to clean this out each year. In general, toiletries are worth going through because it’s likely that you have a lot of old items you don’t need anymore. Toiletries need to be replaced often, so take some time to decide what you need to replenish.
7. Storage Areas
Similar to closets, this is another area that might take some time to purge. Whether it’s your storage closet, a garage or another space you keep storage items in, there’s always a lot of junk you can clean out each year. The idea is to only keep items you actually need, not things that just take up space in a storage closet.
All of your items should serve a purpose. This is why we recommend purging your entire apartment for the new year, so you don’t hold onto extra things you don’t use or need anymore. Decluttering will help you start the year fresh and in turn, you’ll feel a lot more organized going forward.