The holidays might very well be your favorite time of year. But one fact cannot be denied: your apartment is an absolute mess come December 26th. There’s an old saying that however you bring in the new year is a precursor to how that year will go. So it makes sense to declutter your small space and start with a clean slate once the clock strikes 12 on December 31st.
With that said, we don’t want to bore you with the typical tips: clean out the closet, donate old clothes, blah blah blah. We think you’re smart enough to know these things. So the following tips are action items you probably haven’t pondered yet.
1. What to do with leftover wine?
Let’s cut right to the chase. If you’ve got extra bubbly remaining from the holiday, shame on you. Do not even think about pouring leftover vino down the drain. We shudder at the thought! You’ve got a few options here. First off, keep the bottles. If you use wine for cooking (and you’re an adult now, so you should), pour any excess in an ice cube tray and freeze it for recipes you plan to try in the new year.
2. Have another party
You’re exhausted. So are we. And sure, it’s seems beyond ludicrous for us to suggest having yet another party right after the Christmas holiday has passed. But if you’re drowning in leftover food and spirits (tsk, tsk), it might be in your best interest to invite others over. Have your family and friends already left town? Invite your neighbors! Besides, if saving money is one of your New Year’s resolutions, letting those casseroles and pies go to waste will defeat the purpose.
3. Do a switcheroo – out with the old, in with the new!
You were on Santa’s good list this year, right? If any of your shiny new gifts can replace existing ones, make the switch now. For example, be creative when making room for new clothes. As we already said, it’s common knowledge to throw out the old ones or donate items that are still in good condition. But how about this: go green by re-purposing old duds into cleaning cloths!
4. Return crappy gifts
It’s bound to happen at some point. You will get a lousy Christmas gift that you just don’t need or flat out don’t like. If the giver was kind enough to supply you with a gift receipt, return the present promptly and exchange it for something you can actually use. Holding onto a bad gift will do nothing but make you resentful, not to mention it might take up valuable space in your apartment.
5. Do a little “unfriending”
Okay, this has nothing to do with your apartment, but it must be addressed nonetheless.
Scan your list of “friends” on all your social networks. Be honest with yourself – how many of them are you actually friends with? Don’t be afraid to cut social ties people who won’t add value to your life in the new year. We’re sure the meme maniacs and Candy Crush addicts won’t even notice they’ve been virtually dumped.
What are you looking forward to getting rid of as you clean up for the new year?
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