How was your holiday haul? If you got some great gifts, especially ones that are upgrades over what you currently own, now is a perfect time to clear excess stuff out of your house. If you have a goal of simplifying your life in 2012, then begin by boxing up and donating what you no longer need. Lifehacker has a quick guide for what to donate and how to write it off (check out our reminders for year-end donations). So, whether you're helping your parents clean out their house or you're convincing your kids that 40 Elmo toys is about 35 too many, use this week to get rid of what you have too much of in your home.
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