2019 Decluttering Challenge, Part I

2019 Decluttering Challenge, Part I

Get a Jumpstart on Spring Cleaning

If you’re feeling discouraged about failed New Year’s resolutions, it’s not too late to reclaim 2019 as a year of organization! In our February and March blogs, we’ll share motivating weekly challenges to help you transform a cluttered, stressful home environment into a welcoming space that brings you peace and productivity. Jump in whenever—and share images of your progress on our Facebook page!

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”

– William Morris, Writer & British Textile Designer

Benefits of Decluttering

The most important reason for decluttering is not to make your home look #instaperfect; it’s to reclaim a healthy sense of mental and physical space. Many professional organizers, interior designers and minimalists have suggested that clutter weighs us down (psychologically and emotionally) while competing for our attention. If this is true, it’s also true that organization and tidying should reduce distractions, improve productivity and lower stress. In addition, as we rid our homes of unnecessary “stuff,” we’re motivated to work toward other goals that set a positive tone in our homes, schedules and lives.

Weekly Declutter Challenges

This winter, Maglio is challenging our community of home and business owners to kickstart spring cleaning with these practical, weekly decluttering challenges!

February 4-8: Tame Cords & Cables

If a jumble of cables and cords are strewn across your desk, along walls or behind tables, begin by unplugging every cord. Label it with a cable tag or piece of masking tape, and adopt an organizational method to tidy and track your cords. This may include repurposing toilet paper rolls, purchasing cable ties or cable sleeves, or using Lifehacker’s binder clip method. While completing this task, take time to protect electronics and data by upgrading old electrical strips. Purchase UL-approved power strips with a “protected” light or “surge protector/surge suppressor” label. (Remember, surge protectors can also degrade over time, so it’s wise to replace them every couple of years.)

If you rely on multi-outlet electrical strips to keep up with your home’s technology needs, it could be time for an electrical upgrade. Maglio Electric can help you manage your home power needs by installing more outlets, upgrading circuits or updating your wiring system. To learn more about electrical home maintenance or cord safety and organization, call now: 908.735.6218.

February 11-14: Declutter Pantries & Food Cupboards

Pull everything out of the pantry or cupboard and dispose of items that have expired. Donate non-expired food your family will not eat. (Visit this website for food banks or charities accepting food donations.) Clean crumbs and spills from shelves; then group like items before replacing them in the pantry. Depending on the size of your food storage area, you may opt to organize just one shelf at a time, working your way through the week.

February 18-22: Clean Out Medicine Cabinets

Routinely cleaning out medicine cabinets is a vital home safety practice. Since medications break down over time, it’s wise to purge your home of expired or unneeded prescriptions and OTC drugs. As you go through the meds, set them aside if they are outdated, discolored or stored in containers without labels. Many medications have special disposal requirements, so check NJ’s Project Medicine Drop for a drug take-back location near you. When you return items to storage, place medications away from children and pets in a dry, cool space. Visit the FDA website for more direction on disposing of old or unused drugs in your home.

February 25-28: Refresh the Linen Closet

Organize and declutter linen storage and cabinets. Purge towels, sheets and blankets that are discolored or have holes in them. Moving forward, get rid of an old set of towels or sheets each time you buy a new set. Instead of collecting several comforters, which take up a great deal of storage space, opt for storage-friendly duvet covers that you can change seasonally. Looking for places to donate clean, used linens? Call your local animal shelter. Organizations like Jersey Cares use donated sheets and towels as bedding for cats and dogs.

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