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Things to Purge in the New Year

From near-empty condiments to worn-out bedding, here’s how to declutter every room of your home in the new year.

Jan 03, 2020

There’s no better time than the beginning of the new year to get your home organized. Luckily, you can jumpstart your resolutions for 2020 by simply throwing out all of the obsolete stuff you’re hanging onto. From near-empty condiments to worn-out bedding, here’s how to pare down and declutter each room of your home—and headspace—for the new year.

Kitchen

Old condiments. All those sauce packets and almost-empty bottles of seasoning you’re sitting on are taking up valuable fridge and kitchen space. Check the expiration dates on all of your spices and condiments and toss as needed. 

Chipped dishes.  Take a few minutes to clear your kitchen cabinets of any chipped or broken glasses, mugs, and dinnerware items to make space for newer, nicer looking pieces.  

Dirty cleaning utensils. Old dish cloths and cleaning sponges are magnets for gross bacteria. Throw out any porous cleaning supplies that are more than two weeks old to keep your kitchen clean and germ-free.

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Bedroom 

Shabby bedsheets. Searching for a goof-proof way to sleep better in 2020? Switch out your tattered bed linens with a set of super soft, high quality Brooklinen bed sheets to score a more satisfactory sleep schedule in the new year. 

Old Pillows. Your old, deflated bed pillows aren’t doing you or your neck any favors. Invest in some plush, Canadian down-and-feather-filled pillows to sleep more comfortably in 2020.

Worn-out comforters. Nothing downgrades your quality of sleep faster than a not-so-comfy comforter. Replace your well-worn comforter with a fluffier sateen cotton style so you can sleep snugly and soundly in 2020. 

Living Room

Broken electronics. Look, we know they were expensive for you at one point, but hanging onto your shattered smartphones and other broken technology is truly just a waste of space—so recycle accordingly. 

Tattered throw blankets. Some throw blankets start to look a bit shabby fairly quickly. Instantly elevate your living room and sofa by pitching (or donating) your current throw blankets, and replace them with cozier ones.  

Unnecessary paperwork. There’s no better time than the beginning of the new year to clear your space of old paperwork. Take some time to enroll in online bill-paying and send your unopened mail and old bills straight to the paper shredder.

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Bathroom

Ripped towels. Not only are tattered towels unpleasant to look at, they’re breeding grounds for mold and mildew. Toss your torn bath and hand towels and bring some plush and chic ones into your bathroom.  

Shower curtains. Most plastic shower curtains get gross pretty quickly. Unless yours is made of cloth (and can be washed in the washing machine), it’s best to say adios.

Threadbare bathmats. A good-looking bathmat can be a gamechanger for your bathroom. Replace your beat-up and worn-out bathmat with an extra thick tufted style to upgrade your entire bathroom in seconds.

Start 2020 off right by purging your place of unnecessary clutter and creating a clearer home and headspace.


Written by Caroline Biggs

Caroline is a writer living in New York City. She contributes regularly to publications including The New York Times, AD, and Apartment Therapy. When she’s not covering the latest in art, interiors, and design, she’s usually playing music, watering (and talking to) her plants, or hanging with her rescue bunnies, Daisy and Daffodil. You can find more of her work at carolinecameronb.com.

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