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Preparing Your Home for the New Year – A Checklist

Preparing Your Home for the New Year – A Checklist

The New Year is fast approaching, so it’s time to check things off the to-do list that you’ve been ignoring for a while. Life can get busy and dramatic, but decluttering and renewing is a great way to feel refreshed during the festive season. What better way to tackle 2020 than preparing your home for the New Year? 

Declutter Your Home By Room

Kitchen

You’ll be surprised at how much you have in your home that you no longer need. Tackle this task by starting with the kitchen. We’re all prone to storing food in our fridge and cupboards that we don’t intend on eating. 

Throw out any products that are opened, and you no longer wish to eat, being sure to recycle appropriately. Donate any unopened food to a food shelter. 

Keep your countertops spacious by placing kitchen appliances in the cupboards, storing fruit in a basket, and keeping documents out of sight.

Bathroom

Next, the bathroom. Although it’s only a small space, there’s probably heaps of half-used products that don’t suit your skin. You can even save room by mixing lotions and recycling any materials. 

A bathroom can easily look unorganized and messy if numerous products are on display. Limit your lotions, store in a cabinet, or purchase a shower organizer to keep them within reach but organized.

Bedroom

This should be the most organized and relaxing room in your home. You’ll probably store your wardrobe in your bedroom. Begin by categorizing your clothes into seasons, and store any out-of-season outfits out of site. 

Work your way through your clothes, section by section. The key is to focus on a part of your wardrobe or a drawer at a time, rather than creating a huge pile of everything on the floor. 

Don’t keep duplicate items until it’s necessary, for example, multiple white shirts for work. It’s tough to remove clothes you like, but if you haven’t worn items in the past year, you likely won’t wear them again. Declutter your bedroom and do a good deed by donating to a clothes bank. 

Living Room

Similar to your bedroom, your living room should be a relaxing environment. Remove any exercise equipment on display. Tucking it behind furniture or switching the angle can keep it out of sight. Alternatively, purchase less bulky equipment that’s easier to store.

Ensure you have a working AC or heating system so that you can keep warm and remain cool during the seasons. There are many professionals that can come and fix or install an air conditioning or heating unit to your home, such as those at moncriefair.com.

Avoid any washing lying on your sofa or paperwork on tables. These are reminders of tasks you need to complete, which makes it difficult to unwind after a long day. If you have children or pets, ensure you have a storage box to store their toys until the next use neatly.

Many tend to have ornaments on display, but more isn’t always best. Limit what you have on display and transfer to different rooms or get rid. Removing the number of ornaments on display also makes your life easier when it comes to cleaning (you can thank us later).

Do you have any tips on preparing your home for the New Year? Share them in the comments; we’d love to read them! 

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