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Time to Tackle the January Purge

January 24, 2017 7:56 pm Published by Comments Off on Time to Tackle the January Purge

Whether you’ve settled into one of the gorgeous Scotch homes in Chelsea AL or are getting ready to move into one, now is the perfect time of year to start fresh and get rid of lots of the odds and ends that take up unnecessary space in our homes. You don’t have to become a minimalist and get rid of everything; just get rid of the things you never use any more. Here are some tips on how to know what to get rid off, room by room.

Start in the bedrooms and get rid of all of the clothing that is torn or has been outgrown or that you know you won’t wear again. A great tip is to turn all of your hangers around so that they’re harder to lift out of the closet. Once you wear an item, you can put it back normally. After six months, if you haven’t worn it, get rid of it or put it into storage if it’s an item you can’t get rid of for various reasons. Don’t forget to get rid of old shoe boxes and shoes that have seen better days. If you really love the shoes, but they’re looking worse for wear, take them in to be resoled or repaired. Otherwise, get rid of them. Finally, take a look at any blankets taking up storage space. If you don’t use them, donate them to someone who will.

In the bathroom, go through your drawers and medicine cabinets and get rid of expired medicine, empty bottles, old hair ties, old brushes, and bath toys that have been forgotten. Now is also a good time to look at your towels and bath mats and replace them if they’re worn out or threadbare.

Getting rid of some of your children’s toys may be difficult, but it is worth it in the long run and they probably won’t notice or remember. Get rid of toys and furniture that they have outgrown, physically and mentally. Now is also a good time to get rid of toys that are incomplete or broken, particularly electronics. If there are some toys that you suspect they don’t play with any more, you can always put them into storage and then pull them out if a child specifically asks for it. After two or three months, any toys still in storage can be donated.

In the kitchen, be ruthless and get rid of all of those plastic bowls without a lid, the chipped plates and glasses, and mismatched items. You’ll appreciate the extra cabinet space. If you have special souvenir glasses that you don’t use, but don’t want to get rid of, at least pack them up and put them in storage or in a cabinet that doesn’t get much use. Take a look at all of your pots and pans and make sure they’re all in good shape. Get rid of any that are scratched or have the surface covering disappearing. Finally, go through the refrigerator and all cabinets and get rid of anything that is expired or doesn’t have enough left to be of use.

Scotch homes in Chelsea AL feature spacious, two or three car garages, but if your cars are getting a bit squeezed, now is the time to start getting rid of broken equipment, unneeded paint cans, expired chemicals, worn out holiday decorations, and old car seats and other bulky items you know you won’t be using again. We also offer full basements and walk in attic space.

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