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The Ultimate Guide to Decluttering Your Home for the New Year

Are you ready to start the New Year with a fresh start and declutter your home? The new year is the perfect time to clear out the extra stuff, get organized, and make your living space a more enjoyable place. This ultimate guide to decluttering your home will show you how to tackle the most common areas of your home, such as your kitchen, bathroom, closet, home office, and living room. With this comprehensive guide, you'll have the tools and resources you need to make this year your most organized and clutter-free year yet.

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The Kitchen

It's important to begin your decluttering journey in the kitchen, as it is likely the most frequently used room in the home. This is also a great place to start because it can often become a breeding ground for clutter.

Here are some tips on how to declutter your kitchen and make sure it remains organized all year long:

Drawers and Cabinets

Start by sorting through drawers and cabinets, removing any items that you do not use or that have expired. If you find yourself hanging onto certain items "just in case" or struggling to decide what to keep and what to get rid of, try using the six-month rule. If you haven't used an item in the past six months, it's probably best to let it go. Consider investing in some organizing solutions like cabinet and drawer organizers to help contain your items. 


The goal is to ensure the countertop is free from clutter and easy to clean and maintain. Keep countertop items to a minimum and find new homes for items that don't belong. For example, dishes should be put away after meals, and mail should be sorted and then put away. 


Consider what appliances you really use and only keep those. Do you really need that bulky blender that never gets used? Donate or recycle any appliances that you no longer use. Also, be sure to thoroughly clean each appliance before putting it away.

Pantry and Food Storage

Sort through all the food items in your pantry and remove anything stale or expired. Take stock of what you have and keep an inventory list of all the items you plan to keep. This will help you stay organized and ensure you don't overstock your pantry with items you don't need. Also, be sure to label all food containers for easy identification. 

The Bathroom

A bathroom can quickly become filled with items and clutter, making it difficult to keep clean and organized. Here's are some tips to declutter your bathroom and create a clean and organized space: 

Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet 

Start by going through all of the items stored in your medicine cabinet. Toss any expired products, such as prescription medicines, makeup, and any items you no longer use or need.

Get Rid of Old Towels and Linens 

Old towels, washcloths, and linens can take up a lot of unnecessary space in your bathroom. If you have any items that are beyond repair or are no longer usable, it's time to toss them. 

Donate Unused Toiletries

Instead of storing unused toiletries in your bathroom, donate unopened items such as shampoo, conditioner, body wash, or body lotion, to a local charity or shelter. 

The Closet

The closet is often one of the home's most neglected and disorganized areas. This year, it's time to take control and ensure your closet is properly organized and decluttered. Here's how to get started.

Sort Through Your Clothes

Take out all the clothes from your closet and sort them into three piles: keep, donate, and toss. Be sure to be honest with yourself - if you haven't worn something in over a year, chances are you won't be wearing it any time soon. It's time to let go. Donate what you can and toss the rest.

Invest in Storage Solutions

Organizing your closet doesn't have to be a daunting task. Invest in storage solutions such as hanging shelves, shoe organizers, and drawer dividers to keep things neat and orderly. This will help you maximize your space and make it easier to find what you're looking for.

Decluttering is an ongoing process that requires dedication and effort. Set aside time each week or month to go through your closet and remove any items you no longer need or wear. This will help you keep your closet organized and looking its best.

The Home Office

Starting the new year off right with a clean and organized workspace is essential for staying productive. When it comes to decluttering your home office, it's critical to look at what you need and what can be donated or recycled. To get started, break down your workspace into smaller sections and tackle each individually.

Sort and Organize Your Supplies

Go through any items you have sitting on your desk or in drawers and separate them into three piles: keep, donate/recycle, and throw away. Any items you no longer use should be donated or recycled if possible.

Once you've removed the clutter from your desk, take a few minutes to organize any necessary supplies. This could include pens, paper clips, rubber bands, and other small items that can easily get out of hand. Invest in a few organizers or trays to store them in so they don't end up all over the place.

Utilize Storage Solutions

Make sure you are using all the available space in your home office. Consider adding shelves and bins to store larger items like documents and books, as well as baskets and folders for papers and other materials. If you have any closets in the room, take some time to sort and organize items in there too.

The Living Room

Here are some valuable tips on how to declutter your home and organize the living room:

Purge Unwanted Items 

Begin by getting rid of items you no longer need or want. Start by sorting items in your living room, such as books, magazines, toys, knick-knacks, and furniture. Consider donating or selling items that you no longer use. 

Maximize Storage Space

Utilize existing storage space in your living room. Consider adding shelves to store books, DVDs, and other items. Look for pieces of furniture with drawers or baskets that can be used to store items such as blankets and pillows. 

Create Zones 

Break up the space into zones for different activities like relaxing, reading, playing games, etc. Use different furniture pieces, rugs, or artwork to designate these areas. This will help create a sense of order and organization.

Declutter Cables and Cords 

Tangled cables and cords can be unsightly and distracting. Organizing them to minimize clutter and make the living room look tidy is essential. Invest in cable organizers or cord covers to manage the cables and cords. 

Decluttering your home for the new year is a great way to create an organized and tranquil space. If you need extra space during the decluttering process, contact Blue Mountain Self Storage to get a storage unit to help with the clutter in your life.

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