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Winter cleaning: How to declutter for the new year

The semester is over, and break is finally here. Now with all this free time, who says you have to wait for spring to finally start cleaning all the messes you didn't have time for before? With stacks of last semester's homework and new gifts, here is how to start decluttering your space just in time for the new year. 

Ask yourself: Have you used it in the past year? 
Look at all the knick-knacks, old books and clothes you have piled up in your room. Create separate piles to differentiate which things you are definitely keeping, maybe keeping and definitely getting rid of. A good way to decide if you should get rid of something is by asking yourself if you have used or worn that object in the past year. If the answer is no and it has no sentimental value, you'll know what pile it goes in. 

Frame the picture/artwork on your walls
That Pinterest-inspired college on your wall may have been cute when you first put it up but can seem a bit overwhelming as you keep adding to it or artwork starts falling off. An easy and organized fix to this is just putting your artwork, collages and posters in a frame. You are automatically making your wall art look more structured and less cluttered. 


Rearrange the furniture in your room 
Sometimes when you have a small room full of big furniture like a wardrobe or a desk, it can be hard to find any extra space. Try rearranging your things with the help of a parent and see what combo of furniture will leave you with the largest uncluttered floor space. It's like a life-size game of Tetris!

Invest in shelving or storage bins
If you have a bunch of books, figurines or candles you just can't part with, it's a good idea to invest in a sleek shelving unit or some fashionable storage boxes. You can use some of those figurines and books as decorations while the rest can go away descretly in the storage boxes. You can switch them out as you crave a new look for your room or as you fly through your TBR list. 


How are you going to start your winter cleaning? Tell us your plan in the comments. 

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by Cassandra R Lopez | 12/13/2019
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