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20 ways to help your home lose 50 lbs.

The new year is the perfect time to shed some excess weight at home.

Celebrate the New Year with a leaner, cleaner and more organized home. Make it your New Year's resolution to lose 50 or more pounds of extra flab ... from the living spaces and storage areas of your home! Here are 20 fast and easy ways to cut the clutter and start the New Year in a "new" home.

Living room
Don't cultivate a hospital waiting room aesthetic: recycle your old magazines. Scan design magazines first and rip out tear sheets for your project-inspiration book.

2 Banish kids' toys to the family room, kids' bedrooms - or Goodwill!

3 It should go without saying, but if that Christmas tree is still up, evict it ASAP.

Dining room
Clear dining room paperwork piles. The dining table may rock as an ersatz work-from-home HQ or homework station, but don't let clutter from old projects linger. Recycle, shred, or file away.

5 Move wool or shag area rugs and/or runners into storage. Opt for bare floors or lighter, coastal-inspired sea grass, sisal or cotton rugs.

Don't just clean your fridge, purge it of condiments you don't use. Even preserves go bad or lose their flavour. If you haven't used a condiment in three months or more, free up fridge space by disposing of it.

7 Ditch those novelty cups. Chances are the plastic ones - often bearing the recycling numbers 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, or 7 - contain Bisphenol-A anyway, making them potential health hazards as well as space hogs.

8 Donate small appliances you use less than once a year. Sure, you could sell that long-neglected slow cooker for $10 online, but if you donate it to the Salvation Army, you'll gain a donor high worth double that!

Clear out medicine chests and cabinets of no-longer-used cosmetics, personal-care items and medication. If you stopped using a product and put it away last year, chances are you aren't going to like it later. Just dump the contents and recycle the packaging. (Medication should never be dumped down the drain or thrown into the trash, however. Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacies accept leftover medication and sharps for safe disposal.

Edit the pile of junk under your bed. Nothing under your bed? Treat yourself to a mochaccino!

11 Clunky table lamps? Swap them for tidy wall-mounted reading lights.

12 Edit your dresser contents. Make three piles: garbage, donations, keep-and-repair. Make this the year you cultivate a smaller wardrobe of better quality clothes you can mix up with accessories.


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