Welcome to 2013!

It’s a brand new year and a great time to get a fresh start on life. New Year’s resolutions aside, now is a great time to take stock of your home and reorganize it. So often we go through life too busy to stop and really assess what we have in our lives. As a new year rolls in, it is a perfect time to assess what we have, what we need, and what we can truly live without. That means purging excesses in order to see what we actually have.

Are you ready to get working? Let’s take a look at a few simple ways to clean your home  for a better more organized you in 2013!


IN 2013


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    Take stock of your fridge and discard anything past its best before date. Do you really want to gamble on food poisoning for your family?

  • Move on to the bathroom and take stock of your toiletries. How many travel size shampoos do you really need? Did you ever open the package on that self tanner? Clear the clutter and breathe in a new organized you in the bathroom too.
  • Go through your medicine cabinet and discard any medications that are expired. Make sure to properly dispose of all medicines. If in doubt, contact your local pharmacy on how best to get rid of them.
  • Look into your closet with a critical eye. Say goodbye to anything you have not worn in over a year. That means shoes too ladies! Same goes for all your dresser drawers as well. Seasonal items can be stored in totes or put into vacuum-sealed bags to free up room in your closet.
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    Along the same lines, check in on your single sock stash. If some of those socks have been without a mate for longer than you can remember, then let them go. They will make a nice addition to your rag-bag or rubbish bin!

  • Attack the paperwork piling up in your filing cabinet. With tax time coming up, you will need to make room for this year’s return! The Canada Revenue Agency recommends that you keep records for a minimum of 6 years. That means you can safely destroy most items that are 7 years or older. Get shredding!
  • Prepare the kids for the big purge in their playroom. All those new toys that they received on Christmas need to go somewhere. The solution is to get rid of old toys that are no longer receiving the love they once were. Include the kids in the process or stealthily fly solo on this mission, but a thinning must occur if there is to be space for your children to play or even see what toys they actually own.


Now that you have got rid of all that excess, it’s time to organize what you have left. Sometimes a few handy tools is all it takes to create a clean and functional space for your home.

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    Think baskets for mail, mittens and hats, boot trays for wet footwear, hooks for keys, scarves, purses and backpacks. Put up a shelf for books, movies or games. Be creative and come up with your own ways to organize the essential items your family uses regularly.

  • Decrease paperwork entirely, by going digital. It’s 2013! Save a tree and get current.
  • Keep a donation bin in your house where you can actively collect old toys that are no longer played with, clothing that no longer fits or other items that are just no longer in use. When the bin gets full, take it to Goodwill, Value Village, Habit for Humanity’s ReStore or even better hold a garage sale!