Clear Clutter in the New Year

January is the start of a clean and fresh new year.  It might sound so cliche, but I have been meaning to purge stuff lying around in every corner of the rooms and closets for a while  This is the year I finally will… or at least attempt to tackle as much as I can.  The plan is to do it sooner rather than later.  

All the nooks and crannies in our apartment are filled with all sorts of items I probably will never find use for again.  I have come to realize that my issue is not necessarily identifying what I need and what I don’t need.  The issue is holding on to these items that have sentimental value. How do I get rid of those items that bring memories?  How do I get rid of those gifts that were given to me by special people?  I don’t have access to a storage unit, a basement or an attic to store anything or switch items out.  Therefore, it is very hard to do these types of purges, knowing that I will never see these items again. 

I have a VHS cassette player and over 15 Disney VHS cassettes that have been collecting dust for many years in one of my closets.  It is taking valuable space as the VHS cassettes are pretty bulky.  However, the memories of watching these movies and knowing the effort my mother went through and thoughtfulness that she demonstrated in order to buy them makes it very hard for me to get rid of them. It is the hardest part of trashing or giving them away.  I always try to find a loving home for my special items, but in the case of the VHS player and cassettes, they aren’t even wanted. I totally understand why: the Disney Plus streaming service allows us to watch any of those movies with a click of a button.  Basically, my VHS video player and cassettes are irrelevant and useless.

So here I am, working on it sooner rather than later.  I am done with one of the spaces I had been eyeing for a long time.  I have to say that my thirteen year old seems to have a hard time letting go of stuff, too. He will be going to high school in the Fall and there were things on his book case that really had to go.  Just for you to get an idea, his bookshelf houses his board games, non-fiction books, writing notebook, and miscellaneous toys.  I used a combination of baskets, magazine holders, tins and plastic bags to organize those items.  I am sharing the links for the items I used to help you maybe unclutter a part of home.

Here are my BEFORE and AFTER pictures!  Share your clutter free hacks. Basically, I am hiding everything in the baskets 🙂

BEFORE : Top Book Shelf

BEFORE: Bottom Book Shelf

AFTER

Links to some of the new products I used to organize.  I always looking for budget friendly items. 

https://www.ikea.com/us/en/p/tjena-magazine-file-white-10395416/

https://www.ikea.com/us/en/p/droenjoens-letter-tray-white-10428718/

I’d love to see your organized shelves!

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