I don’t know about you, but I am probably the most motivated at the beginning of a new year. It’s like the fresh start inspires me to get more organized, to try new things and to be a better me than I was the year before. This “burst of energy” usually lasts a few weeks, and then the daily grind starts wearing me down again. But if I can at least start to make positive changes in my life, I consider that a victory!

Are you feeling that “new year motivation” too? Before it wears off, here are 10 things you can get rid of to declutter your home and make it more inviting for all that the new year has in store for you!

1. Old Books & Magazines

Maybe you held onto Better Homes & Gardens because you bookmarked a living room design for some redecorating inspo. But are you really going to get around to updating your living room? Try to be realistic, and if you know that those books and magazines in your home are just collecting dust, it’s probably time to toss them.

2. Outgrown Clothes

Since a new year often means a new wardrobe, this is the perfect time to do some closet purging. Go through your clothes and your children’s clothes, and set aside everything that is worn out, doesn’t fit or doesn’t get worn. All those clothes will do is take up space, and you can easily drop them off at your nearest Goodwill or take them to a homeless shelter.

3. Expired Food

We’ve all pinned a delicious recipe on Pinterest that we swore we’d try. And we bought the ingredients because we convinced ourselves that we’d be more likely to make it if we already had what we needed. Then life happened, and those ingredients went unused well past their freshness dates. No need holding onto stale food. Just get rid of it and don’t feel guilty. At least you had good intentions!

Leena Kollar

Leena Kollar

Contributing Writer at Life As Mama
I'm a wife, mother and everything else associated with domestic life. I can often be found hiding from my kids to sneak treats (especially ice cream). I love rainbows and naps, and I find any excuse to go to Target. When I actually make it out of the house in real clothes, I document my outfits on my fashion blog, Leather & Lip Gloss. My love for fashion also inspired me to start my own comprehensive style website, The Style Spectrum.
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