Hello! Welcome Back! How has 2019 been treating you so far? If you are anything like me, you get this sudden urge to purge everything you own when the new year rolls around. Obviously it’s not realistic to throw out everything you own but, decluttering your living spaces and belongings is obtainable and if you ask me highly recommended. Today I am going to give you five areas from places in your home to your electronics that you can declutter at the start of a new year. Decluttering these 5 areas will help you start the year off more organized, and set you up for better success on achieving the goals you’ve set for yourself.
We’ve all been there, you look at your phone when you first wake up and realize you have 30 new emails with only about 5 of them being something that you actually need. Then at lunch time you check your email again and there’s another 30 emails…dinner time, EVEN MORE EMAILS. Majority of them being from these company’s that the only reason you signed up for emails was so you could get 20% off on buying some Christmas present. If you’re like me then you just view the emails super quick knowing you don’t actually care about what sale Ulta is having, you just want to get rid of that annoying little notification badge. Before you know it, you have thousands of emails that you don’t actually need just sitting in your inbox taking up space on your phone. It’s a daunting task, which is why we all push it off but the start of the new year is the perfect time to sort through your emails. When you’re sitting on the train or just mindlessly scrolling on your phone in bed, take 20-30 minutes and clear out any emails that you can. If you want to get really fancy, you can then take it a step further and separate the emails you are keeping into different folders i.e. promotions, blog opportunities, medical reminders, bill payment confirmations. Whatever categories you feel will help you best sort out your emails. You’ll feel like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders and you’ll have more free space for the next bunch of emails to inevitably pile up.
This is another task that usually gets away from us and you never realize how necessary it is, until after you do it. I have always been pretty good about keeping my photo album on my phone under control, but I have friends who have thousands upon thousands of photos in their phones from yeaaars back. I understand the importance of photos, they capture a memory. I’m not saying you need to get rid of them completely. However, most of us aren’t going to be posting pictures on Instagram from five years ago. I recommend transferring them onto an external hard drive. This way, you still have all these memories but again like with the emails they aren’t taking up a lot of space on your cell phone.
This may not be something all of you can relate to, but my fellow makeup lovers you know how easily things can get out of control. Whether you’re a beauty blogger, a makeup artist or just really love makeup the beginning of the year is a great time to sort out your makeup storage. Expiration dates on cosmetics is something a lot of people overlook, but for certain products can be extremely important. Products that you use on your eyes, like mascara or eyeliner should be thrown away every three months to prevent infection. However I do get it, life gets busy and cleaning out our makeup is never first on our list. Take an evening at the start of the year and go through all the products you have. Throw away that one foundation that you absolutely love and are trying to get every last drop out of. Go through and make a donation pile of products that you either didn’t like, or have no use for anymore. Donate the products to your local woman’s shelter and help someone else feel beautiful with products that would just be collecting dust in your collection.
With how much happens online these days, it’s surprising how much your physical paper mail can pile up. Most of the time for me, it’s not even mail that piles up. It’s silly stuff like receipts or magazines, and the worst of them all my pay stubs. It’s 2019, most of us who get a paycheck have direct deposit set up because who has time to take their check to the bank and deposit it themselves. However, employers still legally have to give you a pay stub even though the only one that matters is the last one of the year. Keep that one for tax purposes, the rest of them get rid of. I can’t tell you how far back I had pay stubs going and they were just sitting taking up space in my desk. I’m sure you have a bigger stack than you realize of paper mail that you don’t need. My biggest reminder with this though is, shred anything that may have personal information and make sure all that you toss ends up in the recycle and not the trash.
Fridge & Freezer
Decluttering isn’t always pretty, sometimes it’s gross and even has mold on it. We just left the holiday season, meaning you probably still have some left over mashed potatoes from Christmas day in the back of your fridge. If one of your goals for the new year is to eat healthier, first off good for you that’s an amazing goal. Secondly, use that goal as an opportunity to sort out your fridge and freezer. It happens to all of us, we forget what we have in there because it’s genuinely not a fun task. Then before you know it you’ve got no room is your fridge and no clean Tupperware because it’s all holding three week old pasta in the back your fridge. Start the year off clean and fresh, there’s nothing worse then coming home from a good trip to the grocery store with all your new healthy options to find that you have no space for them. Just try not to think about how much money and food you’re wasting because, yeah..that kind of hurts a bit.
There you have it, five things you can declutter at the start of your year. I love to declutter, even if it’s not always super fun like decluttering my clothes. All five of these areas are things that get away from us, but once we tackle them we feel so much better and more organized. I always like to think that if your space is somewhat organized it allows your mind to be more organized. Which, at the start of a new year it’s always nice to go into it with a organized mind. What do you like to declutter at the start of a new year? Did I miss anything that you think are crucial? Let me know down in the comments! Thanks for stopping by…until next time,
Be Nice. Be Good.