It’s 2018, and here we are with our resolutions, our inspiring vision boards, and our new workout gear, ready to make the New Year our You-Know-What. Yes, this statement is said with all seriousness, because when I say “we,” I also mean “me.” I genuinely look forward to this fresh start every year. Some question my cheerfulness, but it’s because I have a secret to my optimism and it starts with a “P.” That’s right – PURGE! One of the biggest contributors to starting out my goals and habits on the right foot is getting my home back in order after the holidays. So, let’s begin!
• Keep things as simple as possible.
• Follow the hidden secret of your grandmother’s old saying, “Out with the old and in with the new.” Seriously – listen to Grandma and make this your January mantra.
• The tricky part is knowing what’s important and what isn’t – don’t get stuck in thishead space. (This is what The Rules are set up for.)
• After that, the fun part is perfecting your Michael Jordan slam dunk in the donation bags and trash can.
Let’s Get Started
Set aside a day to clean the house. (I always pick laundry day.) If you haven’t already, sort your presents and place them on the floor in the room where they belong.
If you picked laundry day, as suggested, you can easily purge as you fold and sort. Categorize your laundry by room. As you’re hanging and folding, throw all the clothes and linens that have stains, holes, or extra wear into a separate pile.
Rules for Each Room:
1. Make “Purge” achievable. Set a timer and don’t stay past 15 minutes in any room.
2. Put away clean laundry and presents.
3. Remember our mantra of “Out with the old and in with the new.” With every new present you place in each room, move another item into the purge bag.
4. Remove any clothes that are stained or damaged.
5. Remove outgrown clothes, shoes, and unmatched socks.
6. Take out seasonal clothes and books to pack away with holiday decorations for next year, or donate them.
• Remove shoe boxes
• Declutter dresser tops
• Linens with stains, holes, or rough wear
• Expired cosmetics, prescriptions, or almost-empty containers
• Damaged hair accessories or overstretched hair ties
• Old or moldy bath toys
• Old bedding or linens with stains, holes, or rough wear
• Broken electronics
• Broken toys, games with missing pieces, or damaged stuffed animals
• Age inappropriate toys
• Go through your junk drawers and remove any trash, old adapter wires, and notes
• Re-wrap wires and cords
• Reorganize your desktop, files, and loose papers
• Tupperware that’s cracked or missing lids
• Damaged or chipped cups and scratched pans
• Expired food in the pantry and refrigerator
There truly is no better time to get started on reevaluating your house than at the New Year – you can do this! While I’m reminding you to allow yourself some grace during this goal-driven season, I also urge you to set yourself up for success, as a clean space fosters a clear mind. Let’s clear the clutter together. Don’t wait for spring to clean – make 2018 yours now!
Shawna Sabedra is a freelance writer