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



Don’t go chasing waterfalls…find them on these drives!

BRISBANE isn’t all bright lights and city slickers.

Science Festival seriously awesome

Don't miss the World Science Festival Brisbane!

CALLING everyone who wants to see something totally cool.

Drink where the cool kids do this summer

There are a bunch of new bars open in Brisbane, make sure you're there!

CHECK out these new funky bars.

Discover Brisbane’s laneway gems

Brisbane's laneways will surprise you.

NOT all of Brisbane City is as it seems…

Top five things to experience this summer in Brisbane

Tangalooma is amazing if you're keen for a dive, kayak or swim.

THIS summer get out and explore your capital city.

Your boots are made for walking these tours

Brisbane Greeters tours are a great way to learn the local history of the city.

YOU don’t need a bike or bus for a seriously good tour of Brisbane.

Is Brisbane the new arts and culture capital?

Check out GOMA's latest exhibition - it's all about hair! GOMA 10 Ambassador Patience Hodgson visits Nervescape V 2016 by Icelandic artist Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir (aka Shoplifter), commissioned for ‘Sugar Spin: you, me, art and everything’ at the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane. 
Photograph: Natasha Harth, QAGOMA

THE rest of the world should be envious of this line-up!

Waterfront luxury in Tweed

14 The Mainbrace, Tweed Heads

Check out house of the week.

Tweed MP to fight to have daylight savings reduced

Tweed MP Geoff Provest want daylight saving reduced by one month.

Tweed set to fight to have daylight savings reduced by a month.

Live music: Boogie on down this weekend

Moreland & Arbuckle will be playing the Currumbin Soundlounge on Friday from 8.30pm.

Gig Guide: What's on around Tweed (Feb 23 - 27)

Local Partners

New festival joins Quiksilver Pro party

The Rubens, Beautiful girls join line up for inaugural festival

Live music: Boogie on down this weekend

Moreland & Arbuckle will be playing the Currumbin Soundlounge on Friday from 8.30pm.

Gig Guide: What's on around Tweed (Feb 23 - 27)

Bliss N Eso announce tribute show for stuntman

Bliss N Eso will play a tribute show at Coolangatta in honour of Johann Ofner. The stuntman died during the filming of the group's Friend Like You film clip earlier this year.

BLISS N Eso to play tribute show to raise funds for killed stuntman

Neil Finn to headline Bluesfest

Neil Finn, of Crowded House fame, will play in Byron Bay with his wife Sharon and their band The Pyjama Club on June 11.

DON'T dream, it's not over, Neil Finn to hit the stage

MOVIE REVIEW: Trainspotting sequel as good as original

Ewen Bremner in a scene from the movie T2: Trainspotting.

Director Danny Boyle proves sequels can be done well.

How Karl Stefanovic's wife, kids found out about girlfriend

Karl Stefanovic and Jasmine Yarbrough after their day on Sydney Harbour. Picture: Jonathan Ng

Pictures splashed across tabloid were shock to family

WATCH: Toowoomba opera hopeful's incredible voice

Kaitlyn Orange attends Opera Queensland auditions at Empire Theatres for Opera at Jimbour, Saturday, February 18, 2017.

Opera hopefuls vie for parts in performance at Jimbour House

Waterfront luxury in Tweed

14 The Mainbrace, Tweed Heads

Check out house of the week.

Popular island resort sells to loaded international investor

OUR PICK: Chris Foey's colourful shot of one of Gladstone's great tourism hot spots, Heron Island.

International investor snaps up piece of Gladstone paradise.

Potential home buyers punished for doing the 'right thing'

Should I go to university or buy a house?

Get Moo-ving to Mooball

The old Pacific Highway and Murwillumbah railway line cut a parrallel path throughThe thriving village of Mooball , looking North East towards Murwillumbah and Mount Warning.

An expansion plan has been approved.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!