Lifestyle

Time to get ahead of Christmas clutter and clear the home

Getting the house back in order can seem daunting, but there are simple steps you can take to make the task easier.
Getting the house back in order can seem daunting, but there are simple steps you can take to make the task easier. Ryan Mcvay

SO YOU spent the weeks before Christmas cleaning up and decluttering in preparation for visiting relatives?

And swore that you would never fall victim to all that stuff again?

Chances are that Christmas gifts, tired and dry Christmas trees, leftover packaging and the bounty of Boxing Day sales have already taken up some of the space you created.

The world's largest junk removal service, 1800-GOT-JUNK? has some tips for people caught in the thick of consumer madness and holiday bustle, who want to start 2013 clutter-free and stay that way.

Company director PR Tania Venn points out that bringing family together to clean and set aside one out-of-the-way room or alcove to stash clutter is a start, especially when time is short, so long as the stuff is not left to sit there.

She said that once the holiday festivities were over, it was time for a new year's resolution: to simplify and get organised.

"Remember the items you stashed neatly away before Christmas to make more room in your home?" asks Ms Venn.

"Well, now is the time to put a critical eye to all of those things, as well as any detritus remaining from the holiday celebrations and get to work on making those de-cluttering resolutions stick."

1800-GOT-JUNK? suggests the following tips for eco-friendly, post-holiday disposal:

  • Donate to a charitable organisation that can re-use your unwanted items/gifts.
  • Arrange to drop off electronics at an e-waste event.
  • Offer up items to a garage sale.
  • Donate cards, ribbons, and wrapping paper to an art teacher.
  • If you don't have time to sort through it all, call in a professional junk hauler to take it away for you and let them do the heavy lifting and recycling or donating to charity on your behalf.

 

>> To read more lifestyle stories

Topics:  boxing day christmas cleaning holidays home lifestyle



Springfield group warned over button battery balloon release

The State Government will not prosecute ICON Community Inc over the New Year's Eve balloon release.

Department of Environment and Heritage Protection issues warning

Call for jail time for stinking enviro-vandals

NO MERCY: Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale is determined to rid Ipswich of its pong problem and come down hard on environmental vandals.

Tully says it's time for prison for culprits, Mayor lashes out

Empowering parents and teens online

Rebecca Sparrow is coming to Springfield as part of the Before You Hit Send: An online SOS for parents + teens event next month at Orion Springfield Central.

Social media event to teach online activity and safety

Local Partners

I was just screaming 'my baby is in the car'

Anne-Marie Priggins could have never predicted the gut-wrenching circumstances that would unfold.


Your gig guide to a great night out in Ipswich

THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT: Don't miss out on the offerings from the top spots in town.

The latest on the live music scene across the city

Paddinton Bear is coming to Ipswich

IN TOWN: Annette Kitching plays the part of Paddington Bear in The Cute Little Bear From Peru at the Incinerator Theatre.

FAVOURITE children's character set to delight in new show

What to expect at Birds of Tokyo's Ipswich gig

The band will perform at the Racehorse Hotel on Friday.

BAND member Glen Sarangapany talks music, pub grub and doing shoeys

Shannon Noll: What I don't like about The Voice

Australian Idol veteran talks reality TV during 35-date Aussie tour

Model Bella Hadid's see-through dress shocks in Cannes

US model Bella Hadid attends the Cinema Against AIDS amfAR gala 2017 held at the Hotel du Cap, Eden Roc in Cap d'Antibes, France, 25 May 2017.

It’s like she’s become addicted to shock value.

No room for morbid fans

Chris Cornell.

Fans want to stay in the hotel room where Chris Cornell died

Star Wars' 1977 Stormtrooper head banger confesses

A Stormtrooper is responsible for the biggest blunder in a Star Wars movie. Picture: Supplied

Man in most famous blooper in Star Wars history breaks silence

MASTERCHEF: David Thompson Thai test for Ipswich cook Nicole

Willowbank's Nicole Stevenson is a contestant on MasterChef Australia. Supplied by Channel 10.

"I love how he's being so true to the cuisine"

Lyn's knock-out show gets her to next round on The Voice

ONWARDS AND UPWARDS: Lyn Bowtell is through to the battle rounds on The Voice.

'It was bitter sweet to win like that'

Report reveals progress on $319m airport upgrade

Aerials of the Sunshine Coast.Jetstar plane in front of the Susnhine Coast terminal, Sunshine Coast Airport.

Over two dozen government approvals needed for airport expansion

Lost dough leaves sour taste after company collapse

Kathleen and John Mahoney from Sugar and Spice Bakery were stung after the collapse of Cantro Pty Ltd and are still owed money.

Supermarket operator collapse leaves sour taste for bakery

'Ridiculous': Council refuses renovation at heritage home

NOT FAIR: Karen Solomon of Newtown is angry with Ipswich City Council for refusing her plans to build a colonial style double car port at her Newtown home.

Council rejected development application

Council refusal of 'high density' development ends in court

Ipswich City Council first meeting with the new 2016 council.

Developer took the matter to the Queensland Planning Court

Open for inspection homes May 25-31

Check out this weekend's homes open for inspection

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!