Decluttering Your Home After the Holidays

Happy New Year from everyone at DeSozio Homes; we certainly hope that 2018 is off to a terrific start for you and your family.

It’s hard to believe that Christmas was just over a month ago.

And perhaps you still have holiday remnants scattered throughout your home, such as:

  • Lights
  • Tabletop decorations
  • Christmas tree
  • New presents
  • Holiday cutlery and/or dishware

In that case, it might be a little daunting to figure out what to keep and what to purge.

Here are some tips to help you get 2018 off to an organized beginning.

Donate your old, unused coats

During the holiday season, you’ve probably put on your best and fanciest winter coats.

Old coat

Now that New Year’s here, you’re probably putting on more casual coats for things like:

  • Going to work
  • Picking the kids up from school
  • Shoveling the driveway

That means you might have a bunch of old coats just hanging there, taking up valuable closet space.

In that case, take them out. If they’re in good condition, donate them to a local charity so others can use them (especially during this tough winter).

Guilt-free gift returns

You might feel guilty about returning a gift you don’t really want.

But that guilt will turn into annoyance once you realize that gift does nothing but take up valuable space in your home.

Look at it this way: If someone included a gift receipt, that means they’re telling you it’s okay to return it for something you’ll enjoy and/or actually use.

Only keep boxes you’ll actually use

It’s easy to keep all the gift boxes you received during the holidays.

But take a look at the boxes you did get and ask yourself:

Stack of boxes

  • Will the item actually and safely fit back inside?
  • Are there any parts, pieces, and papers you need to save?
  • Can you put anything else inside that box?

If the answer to those questions is no, then you don’t need to keep the box. Instead, break it down and recycle it.

On the other hand, if the box is large enough and you think you’ll use it down the road (say, if you plan on moving to Harmony on Twenty in the future), then feel free to safely and smartly put it away.

Give away old kids’ toys

Got kids?

Right now’s a great time to locate any old toys which don’t get played with (after all, there’s a bunch of exciting toys on the scene) and donate them to organizations like:

Toy donation

  • Daycares
  • Children’s protection agencies
  • Schools
  • Family shelters

While the Christmas season is still fresh in their minds, get your kids involved in choosing old toys to giveaway.

After all, it’s what Santa Claus would want – and their donations will no doubt make another child very happy.

Signs you might need a bigger home (even after you’ve decluttered)

Once you’ve thoroughly decluttered your home (and created extra room), there might be some telltale indications it’s time to upgrade to a larger model:

  • Growing family: It could be a new baby or moving your folks into your home. Whatever the case, you’ll need to add much more “stuff” to your house on a permanent basis.
  • One space for two purposes: If your living room couch also serves as a guest bed, or if the kitchen table is your sewing room, your home (and the quality of life you enjoy inside it) is too small.
  • More outdoor space: You might be looking for a bigger lot with a bigger backyard so you can spend more time outside without having to actually go anywhere or leave your house.
  • You can afford it: Whether you earned a promotion at work (good for you) or saved money (well done), you’re now in a position to purchase a bigger home for your family. Go for it!

Perhaps the most obvious sign you’re ready for a larger home – even after it’s been decluttered – is that you simply feel it’s the right time to make it happen.

Register for Harmony on Twenty

Is 2018 your year to move – or plan to move – to a brand new, custom dream home for your family?

If so, DeSozio Homes would like to be a part of it by inviting you to:

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