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Home Organization Tips After the Holidays

January 21st, 2014

The Christmas and New Year’s celebrations brought us a lot of new items―new clothes, new toys for the kids, new dish towels―that you don’t want to accumulate again without being used. To make room for your new items and to keep your stuff from piling up, here are three home organization tips you can do!

Keep Only What You Need

 

Green boxes on shelf for storage
Throw out duplicates that you don’t need

 

Tackle your new items first. Go through your gifts and check if you have duplicates. If you do have the same items, keep only what you need. Is your new blender more efficient than the old one? Does your new phone have better specs? Store the new items that you can make use of, then set aside the ones that you’re willing to let go.

Give Stuff Away

Another useful home organization tip is to donate. If you or the kids haven’t been wearing an item of clothing for more than a year, then it’s time for you to let it go. Donating your stuff to your church or to the local Salvation Army is the best way to deal with clothes that your kids have outgrown or items you no longer use, such as shoes, scarves, and socks.

Have Fundraisers and Garage Sales

 

A handful of dollar bills
Hold a garage sale in your front yard for some extra cash

 

The items you cannot donate to the church, such as huge pieces of furniture or appliances, can be sold through garage sales or a school or church fundraiser.

Garage sales need minimal set-up, and if you ask your friends and neighbors to help, you can finish with the preparations quickly. You can also set up flyers to inform people that you’re having a garage sale. A fundraiser is also a great way to get rid of your old but functional items and donate money at the same time.

Get more space in your home with these home organization tips! Let us know which idea you use the most? Share your thoughts in the comments section!

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About

Jennifer Lutz is a design and decorating enthusiast who has over a decade of experience staging professional home décor photo shoots. Her expertise also includes home design for special events such as holiday gatherings and family celebrations. She collaborates with clients and other design professionals to transform ordinary rooms into stunning spaces.

A mother of four lively children, she has quickly become a shortcut guru, making each holiday (Christmas in particular) a special, memory-filled event while staying within a budget and balancing a very full life. How does she do it? With creative, affordable, quick and easy projects for the holidays and the home.

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