Cleaning up after the holidays is often the price we have to pay for getting to indulge with our family and friends. But it’s also the perfect time to take advantage of the lull before the New Year arrives. You can use the time to really declutter your life, finish that bathroom renovation, or revamp your home with some reorganization. With a bit of motivation and some handy resources to help, you can start your New Year off with a fresh, clean, de-cluttered slate.

Here’s how to get started:

Recycle Old Gifts

It can be hard to avoid receiving gifts from the holidays season that we know will never get used or be worn. So, if returning or exchanging isn’t an option, do yourself a favour and don’t simply keep the gift out of feelings of guilt. Put it to use and donate it. That way you’re saving space in your home and allowing someone else to have something that they may actually appreciate and use.

Sort Through Old Holiday Junk

Before you pack away all of your Christmas gear away – whether it’s immediately after Christmas day or several months from it – take the time to go through all of your decorations and holiday accessories. Decipher what you actually use and what items just end up staying in boxes each and every year. Get rid of what you never use! If you have some tacky decorations that you’re embarrassed to take out of the box again, it’s time to cut them out of your life.

Donate Old Clothing

If your child is on home-made sweater number five from grandma and their wardrobe is gradually beginning to fill, maybe it’s time to consider donating some of their clothing that never gets worn. And anything new that comes in – such as comfy new fleece Minion pyjamas – should force something old to head for the donation bag to keep on top of those stacked closets.

Re-organize Your Layout

There’s no better time to assess the layout of your home to determine how well it’s organized and whether each room provides proper functionality. If your basement has been neglected with toys and piled boxes, maybe it’s time to consider renovating or remodelling it to give you or your kids some extra space, or even some proper storage space.

Take advantage of the time after Christmas for really considering how you can make your life easier and more focused by de-cluttering, re-organizing, and even performing a few renos to optimize your space. It’s the best time of year to do it so that you can embrace that fresh new start before the New Year arrives.

Whether you’re looking to get rid of old clothes, that tacky 80s fake Christmas tree, tons of cardboard from all your holiday gifts, or bigger changes to your house, just call up a junk removal service to help!

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