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Declutter during the holidays, regift, cleanse and give to others

The holiday season is about giving, and all of us have a lot we can give to others. Maybe that’s why a good declutter can do a world of good as we embark upon a New Year.

As the year comes to an end, this is a great time to examine what you have and what you really need. Less is always more, but most of us tend to get more and more stuff.

Why not make an easy New Year’s Resolution and declutter in 2020.

Is your garage stuffed to the rafters with boxes and books and old tools that are never used? Are your closets crammed with coats and clothing and shoes that never see the light of day? For most people, the answer is yes. And if that’s the case, it’s time to start the year fresh and give this stuff away.

Why not start a new year with an uncluttered house, apartment and life? If you take this step, contact any number of worthy charities in your community. They will appreciate your unwanted items and you will know that your old materials are living on with someone a bit more needy.

Below is a list of easy ways to declutter your life during the holidays.


If you have a pantry, chances are there are many mysterious items in there you have never touched. There are plenty of food banks in every community. Check all the expiration dates on your pantry items and get rid of the stuff you don’t need. Your kindness will be appreciated.


Much like your cluttered pantry, I am pretty sure your closets and dresser drawers are stuffed with clothing that never sees the light of day. Declutter your life and make space in the closet by donating unwanted clothing to any number of charities. Old jackets are greatly needed by homeless families. Why keep a 4th ski jacket in the back of the closet? Give it away.

Books, CDs, DVDs, Records

Here’s a fun idea: Give away a great book, but before you do, write a note inside as a message to the new owner about the importance of giving, sharing and decluttering your life. And while you’re at it, donate old CDs, DVDs and albums you no longer need. By decluttering your life, you will pass along the gift of music, literature and film to a happy stranger.


Too many of us are saddled with unnecessary worry and guilt. Why? It’s not going to do you any good. Why not declutter your mind and soul as well as your home. Loose the negative and look to the positives of the new year. Consider this a form of inner decluttering. Too many of us carry around too much in our brains. Guilt, anger and negativity isn’t going to help you in the new year. Declutter yourself along with the unused items in your home.

Dump the junk drawer

Last but not least, find that junk drawer. We know you have one. Open it up and just dump it. You’ll feel better.

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