3 Hidden Benefits of Your New Year Declutter

Updated: Apr 16, 2021

Happy New Year Plant Lovers!!! I know you are excited and bursting with energy and are ready to transform your life in amazing ways. Is one of your strategies to get a fresh start by cleaning up, throwing out, and getting organized?

If so, you are probably already feeling pumped as you clear the clutter and make way for a simplified life in 2020. However, if you’re four days into your New Year clean-up, you may have stuff everywhere and be feeling regrets. 'Why did I start this project’?! 'Will it ever end?!' 'Maybe I should just stuff everything back where it was.'

If that’s you - here’s a little encouragement. If you carry through, you will spend the year saving time, and being less stressed, by having less clutter. And - your plant life can also get a boost. Read on to learn what to look out for during your cleaning process.

Don’t miss these easy opportunities to boost your plant life during your "New Year Declutter Like A Boss Challenge". (Or whatever inspirational, instagramable term is trending this year).

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#1 Accessible space for more plants and stress free plant care.

Open up some great opportunities to enhance your plant life as you organize. Free up space for more plants and make your physical path to plant care stress free.

If it’s a struggle to get to your plant containers, taking care of your plants won’t be very fun. If reaching your plants is a challenge you make not give your plants the best care. Or, you may start to feel that you don’t like having plants. This likely isn’t true at all.

While you are reorganizing your space this year, consider the physical path to you plants. Is there anything blocking access to your plants? If you have furniture in front of windows, this may be the case. Consider shifting furniture away from windows. Or, make space between furniture so you can reach the windows.

Not only will this simplify your daily plant care, it can also allow more light into your space. With more light you can grow more plants. You can even grow a greater variety of plants to include flowering and edible varieties. This can be fun, but that’s not all. Science shows that growing a greater diversity of plants is good for our health. Learn more in this previous post: More Different Plants.

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#2 Find materials to upcycle for plant life enhancement

As your ‘get rid of' pile grows taller - consider secondary uses for items that would otherwise end up in the trash. Don’t forget that before recycle comes reduce and reuse. Reduce future purchases by reusing what you have.

Baskets, bins, bottles, buckets. These can all be used as plant containers. But that’s not all. Planters came be made from everything. Old teapots, soccer balls, wine corks, boots, kids toys. There are no limit!s!

Photo collage of unique items used as planters. Items include Old teapots, soccer balls, wine corks, boots, kids toys. All items have been filled with plants. Wine corks, soccer ball, and small kids toys have been drilled open and filled with succulents. Rain boots and teapot are filled with flowering plants.


You may not think clothes and plants go together but fabric from old clothes can be a great plant life enhancing tool. Use old fabric to add some personality to your plant containers. Fabric can be used to cover your existing planters. It can also be a tool for upcycling the containers mentioned above. Check out the fashion pots in the Hortiki Shop for inspiration. Fabric can also be turned into rag rugs which you may want to place under planters to catch spills. This is a project I’ll be working on this year.