It’s the new year and a good time to break some bad habits from 2017 and start afresh in 2018. It is also a great time to get rid of unnecessary items that make your home cluttered and start the new year with a fresh, clean space. If you haven’t done it yet, there is no time like the present to start clearing away some superfluous things that have been clogging up for home last year, and then you will provide yourself with a more organised domestic space so that you can concentrate on new projects.
We’ve put together this list of the 5 most important things you should be decluttering from your home in 2018. If you haven’t had a decent clear out by now and still have some or all of these things hanging around, then it may be time to get rid of them.
- Gift Wrapping Supplies.
We’ve just had Christmas in December, and so now the materials are likely to be out and wasting valuable space in areas of your home meant for more productive activities. First, get rid of any scraps of wrapping paper, cut ribbons and bows, or anything that cannot be used again.
Any suitable remaining gift wrap can be rolled up neatly using an empty toilet paper tube, and then store it all in an out-of-the-way place to be ready for next year. Remember where you store it though, and don’t go and waste money in eleven months’ time by buying it all again!
- Your Wardrobe.
It’s the New Year and time to really evaluate what clothes you need and don’t need. Is there anything that has been hanging around since last summer, or went unnoticed through the winter? It’s time to get rid of these clothes and make the space for some new garments. It is likely you’re going to buy some new ones soon, and very unlikely you’ll wear these old ones again.
Instead of simply throwing away your unwanted clothes, you could donate any of them that are in a good condition to an op-shop, or you may be able to sell any rare clothes that are in a decent condition to local retro/vintage stores. If the clothes are too worn out, then you can go and drop them into a textile recycling bin. If you are unsure where one of these are situated in your local area, or if you’re simply looking for more convenience, then you can get a skip bin hire in Perth to toss out your old clothes alongside other waste items and you’ll know that on collection anything that is recyclable will be disposed of adequately.
- Bedding and Upholstery.
If you bought new bedding last year then it’s likely you couldn’t bring yourself to get rid of your older, much-adored set and shoved it into the back of a wardrobe and you probably haven’t even used them since. If you got rid of the old set immediately, then kudos to you as you’re much more disciplined than most of us!
Now is a good time to go and find your old bedding set, cushion covers, or sofa-throws and assess if you’re likely to use any of them again. It’s good to have spares, but no need to keep so many in storage taking up valuable space in the linen cupboard or elsewhere. Go through your old sheets and covers and try to select at least one to throw out at this time.
Likewise, as with clothes and all other textiles, these can be recycled, so it makes sense to hire a skip bin if you’re planning on getting rid of the bulk of your old clothes and linen.
- Useless Pantry Items.
During the Christmas period when we are cooking a lot at home, often entertaining visiting relatives, or generally stocking up on more pantry supplies than usual, our food stocks can get a little out of hand. Now it is January and the start of the New Year, it is a great time to go through your kitchen cupboards to see if there are any unnecessary goods in there, not just from this Christmas but from all of last year. If you don’t get rid of them now, they could be sitting there clogging up vital space for another year to come!
Sort through your pantry to see if there are any out-of-date items first. Even long-life goods such as tins or jars may have reached their sell-by-date, so it is worth having a quick check rather than leaving them alone. Unfortunately, any goods that have gone past their shelf-life must be disposed of. However, if you simply want to free up space by getting rid of surplus or duplicate food items, consider giving them to homeless charities where they will be surely used and eaten.
- Unwanted Toiletry Items
Now that you’ve sorted through unneeded textiles and food items, it is a good time to target another area of your home which can get cluttered easily, and that is by getting rid of unwanted toiletries that may inhabit our bathrooms and all around our vanity units. Go through all those half-used bottles of moisturiser, make-up remover, or other cosmetics and ask yourself when was the last time you used them.
If they are in constant use, and you’re likely to finish the product soon then no need to dispose of it, but if it is something you bought and tried a few times but didn’t like, or otherwise seldom use, then it is definitely a good time to clear it away from the space. Especially, check use-by dates and if the product has gone past its shelf-life, then it is not going to be any good for you or anyone else. However, if the product is still in date then you should give it to someone who will have a use for it; start by asking family and friends.
All Metro Bins specialise in exceptional waste disposal services and operate within the Perth Metropolitan area. If you’d like to contact us to enquire about hiring a skip bin for your new year clear out, then please give us a call on (08) 9201 1118, or you can use the contact form on our website. Our services are used by construction and demolition sites, homeowners and landscapers in Perth. We can remove rubbish, green and household waste.