After the excitement and rush leading up to Christmas, a lot of us have downtime during the week between Christmas and New Year’s.  Use the time productively to get rid of stuff you no longer need with Apartment Therapy’s tips.  

Now is a great time to get rid of coats you haven’t worn in a long time.  If you haven’t used it at all this year, it’s just taking up space.  Donate your unwanted jackets and coats to Goodwill or another charity so others can wear them in the upcoming winter months.  At the same time, get rid of any scarves, gloves, and hats you no longer wear as well.

This is also a great time to get rid of any winter shoes or boots that are in rough shape or any you haven’t worn in the last year.

With the glut of parties and gatherings around the holidays, it’s likely you have a lot of leftovers in your refrigerator.  Go through anything that’s no longer good or that you won’t eat and throw it away now before things get really disgusting.  (Plus you need to make room for all the New Year’s Eve party goodies!)

Go through your cupboard and throw any any food that is past its expiration date.  Donate any unwanted foods that are still good to your local food bank.  

While it’s great to keep some gift boxes, odds are you don’t need all of them and some of the older ones may be falling apart. Go through the boxes you have and recycle any that you don’t think you’ll use in the future.  This is also a great time to take stock of what wrapping paper, ribbon and bows you need and take advantage of after Christmas sales to replace things you need more of.

Open wine doesn’t stay tasty forever, so if you have leftover wine from Christmas or other gatherings, either keep it to be reused for cooking, or pour it out and recycle the bottles.

The holidays bring with them tons of catalogs and special magazine issues.  Go through your magazine rack (or pile), and recycle anything you no longer need or don’t plan to read.  

Beauty products have a definite shelf life too.  Go through all your makeup, skincare products, and hair stuff to make sure they are still good.  Real Simple has a checklist for how long items last to help you.  

Any Christmas decorations that you no longer like should be donated to charity now, rather than storing them for another year.  Go ahead and start fresh next year.

Pick the Christmas cards that have a special meaning to you and recycle the rest.  If you have a particularly hard time letting go of things, take a picture of your Christmas Card Display so you can cherish the memory.

Odds are your kids got a lot of new toys for the holidays, so now is a great time to go through the rest of their stash and donate any toys they don’t play with as much.

Have you decided after a good decluttering that you still don’t have room for all your stuff?  Maybe it’s time to upgrade to a larger space!  Give Austin Apartments Now a call at 512-258-8224 to find your dream apartment for the new year!