The holiday season is a time of giving and receiving, but all of that can spell clutter for your home. From holiday decorations and gift-wrapping supplies, to cards, leftover food and new gifts to store – a little post-holiday cleaning and TLC may be the perfect way to end the year on a good note and start a new one fresh. Here are some helpful tips ahead of the holidays to get organised and plan for a clutter-free 2018. Think Oosuiji Oosouji, which basically translates into “The Big Clean”, is a Japanese New Year tradition in which the final week of the year is devoted to cleaning, decluttering and organising. During this time, homes, offices and schools receive a top-to-bottom cleaning service just in time to welcome in the New Year. According to Organized Home: "Removing the dirt from the old year" creates a clean state of mind to welcome the New Year, and invite prosperity in the year to come. Make Room for Gifts After the holidays are over, instead of shoving your gifts into an already packed cupboard or leaving them to lie around for weeks, try this simple, practical rule for reducing extra clutter. For every one gift you receive, toss out two older, similar items. For example, if you’re gifted a new set of pyjamas, find two sets that don’t fit or that you never wear, and so on. Put Extra Gift Boxes to Good Use While you’re tossing out items, store them into any gift boxes that you may have accumulated and deliver them to charity. This way, you can cut down on clutter while giving someone else a reason to smile these holidays.
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