Our homes glitter and sparkle over the festive season with twinkling Christmas trees, decorations and an abundance of fairy lights. These festive decorations can disguise many domestic black spots and when they are gone, combined with an influx of new Christmas gifts, your home is likely to be looking a lot more cluttered than it did beforehand.
The invasion of Christmas and clutter can look and feel overwhelming. Even if you have the greatest of storage solutions, your home may have become filled with bags, boxes, overfilled drawers, stuff behind sofas, piles on tables, cards lining window sills and spare rooms becoming dumping grounds. Actually getting started is the major hurdle but you really only need 15 minutes a day to make a difference. To help you tackle the detritus of Christmas and 2013 we've found the best online guides to take you and your home back to a clean, fresh, organised home for 2014.
Apartment Therapy's January Cure sets a series of very achievable assignments throughout January. Starting with taking a walk through your home with your critical organisation eyes on and creating a project list, to setting up an outbox to ease the departure of items from your home through to tackling the pictures you've been meaning to frame or hang on your walls and those never ending piles of paper work.
Home Storage Solutions 101 are running January Decluttering 15 minute Missions with daily 15 minute decluttering and organizing missions because let's face it no one is ever going to be able to clear a whole day to tackle the whole house.
Once you've accomplished any one of these short missions you will be able to step back knowing you've made a positive step towards organising your home. Whilst 15 minutes a day doesn't sound like much they soon start to add up and over time will have a big impact in your home.
The FlyLady is the online guru of domestic organisation, learn how to declutter your home The FlyLady way which all starts with a shiny sink. As FlyLady says, “Your home did not get dirty in one day, and it will not get clean in a day either.” Wise words and great guides, tips, schedules and support for those who want to tackle their clutter and win. FlyLady’s principle is that anyone can do anything for 15 minutes, so what's stopping you?
So don't despair, use January the month to make your home the best it can be and 2014 your households most organised year. Are you desperate for a post Christmas declutter? Will you be taking up the January decluttering challenge? Tell us your decluttering challenges and tips.