It’s 2016! And with a new year comes a chance to start off on a new, better foot. Though most people resolve to improve things like their health, their waistline, and their bank accounts at the start of a new year, we think one of the best resolutions to make is to purge your home of anything you don’t need. Clearing clutter and getting your home organized will not only make day-to-day life easier and more enjoyable, it’s also a symbolic way to get rid of excess baggage as you enter a new year. Ready to get rid of the stuff that’s wearing you down and clogging up your space? Here are a few tips for doing it right.
1. Put it to the William Morris test. Textile designer William Morris is known for one of the most enduring quotes in interior design, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” Start your de-cluttering process by holding your things up to this idea: if you haven’t used it in over a year, it’s out of style, or you never liked it to being with, get rid of it.
2. Rent a storage unit. If your home is full of extra furniture because you recently downsized, have antique pieces you can’t bear to part with, or are acting as a storage service for your college-aged children, consider renting a storage unit of your own. It’s a low-cost way to hold onto things you might want or need in the future, without allowing them to take over your home.
3. Hire a professional. If your truly at a loss for where to begin cleaning out your home, or you have trouble parting with things even if you don’t need or like them, consider hiring a professional organizer. These experts can offer a objective, rational view on your belongings, and help you create a long-term plan for keeping your space clutter free and organized.