Make it your New Year’s resolution to end the clutter in your home

It doesn’t matter if you live in a five-storey home, or in a studio apartment, chances are you have a problem with clutter.

A recent survey conducted for Professional Organizers in Canada revealed that nearly three out of four of us feel disorganized. There’s no better time than the new year to take stock of what you need and what needs to go.

It’s important to tackle your clutter head on. Clutter creates stress. It gives you a sense that your space is in flux and things need to get done. This prevents you from having a relaxing experience in your own home.

The first order of business when de-cluttering is to take out all the unnecessary items, be ruthless! Over the course of just one year, we collect so many things and you may not realize it, but even small giveaway key chains and old magazines add up. If you have not used it in the past year – and it’s not a seasonal item—you should really consider if you still need to keep it.

The second order of business once you’ve cleared out all unwanted items, focus on maximizing shelving space. For smaller items, consider using a thin box that slides neatly under your bed. Anything than can be removed and stored should be stored. In your main living area and closet you want to keep regular use items. Anything that’s occasional use gets stored.

Looking for more tips?

The GTA Home + Reno Show has experts on site who can advise the best options for your particular needs. Make sure you bring your floor plan, pictures of your current space, or even magazine clippings of your design inspiration so they can steer you in the right direction.

The GTA Home + Reno Show will be held this year from February 12 – 15 at the International Centre in Mississauga.

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Scott Bartley

Avid DIYer and part of the Toronto Home Shows Marketing Team.

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