4 REASONS TO DECLUTTER YOUR HOME BEFORE CHRISTMAS (AND WHERE TO START)
Christmas is a wonderful time of year, but it can also bring extra chaos and clutter. Let’s simplify Christmas and make things easier and less stressful so you can enjoy the meaning and magic of the festive season with your family and loved ones instead of worrying about the clutter and state of your home. Check out this post for 4 reasons to declutter your home before Christmas and where to start.
PREPARING FOR CHRISTMAS
Christmas is an exciting and busy time of year for many of us. There is so much to plan and organise and our homes, calendars, minds and hearts become full of things to do, places to be and people to see.
There are lots of ways that you can get organised and simplify your Christmas. For some help with this, check my post on 30 things to organise for Christmas.
One other thing that I find really helps me plan and prepare for this busy season is to declutter my home before Christmas.
For those of you who know about decluttering and have tried it yourself, you’ll know that decluttering is an ongoing process! It’s not a case of do-it-once and you’re done.
The clutter tries to creep back in on a daily basis and you need to watch out for it and come up with some great daily strategies to make sure you stay on top of it.
At Christmas it’s especially important to keep those routines up. Clutter comes back in many forms. It could be things your kids bring back from school, advertising that comes with the post or clogs up your email inbox.
It doesn’t even need to be clutter. It could just be extra ‘stuff’ – food for parties, presents to be wrapped, the gift wrap itself, Christmas decorations to be sorted and put up…
Christmas (however simplified you try to make it) and however much you avoid the temptations of the Christmas shelves in shops, comes with stuff and it’ll be easier on you to find a way to handle it!
As I mentioned before, one of the main ways I manage this extra stuff in our home is to declutter before Christmas. Here are some reasons why you should declutter before Christmas too!
REASONS TO DECLUTTER BEFORE CHRISTMAS
1. Make space to store things
This is probably one of the most obvious benefits but it’s also certainly one of the most helpful! Christmas comes with stuff and that stuff needs to be stored.
Think about what you’re likely to have more of in your home in the run up to Christmas and where you’re going to store it. Here are some examples:
- Could you declutter some of your garage or loft space to put the presents that are waiting to be wrapped in there?
- Could you clear out your freezer and get rid of or use up food that’s past its best so you can make space for new food you need to buy for Christmas?
- Sort through your kitchen. Are there any baking trays, roasting pans, utensils, gadgets, crockery, cutlery or glasses that you don’t use? Could you sort through some of these and work out what you’ll definitely need to use over the holidays. Chances are, if you’re not using it at this busy season then are you really likely to ever use it?
- Check your Christmas decorations. Before you put up the Christmas decorations, take a moment to look at what you’ve got. Do all the lights work, are there any broken baubles, threadbare tinsel?! Think about how you want to decorate your home and do you have the right decorations to do this? Get rid of anything that’s broken or doesn’t work. If you’re budget is tight and you don’t want to buy new decorations, maybe just focus on one or two areas of your home only. Maybe a tree and one other focal point.
2. Make space in anticipation of new things!
One of the ways in which I help reduce the clutter at Christmas (and help my loved ones choose gifts more easily for me), is by writing a wish list.
I usually include a small selection of things that I’d love to receive just in case anyone’s stuck for ideas on what to buy me. Not only does this help them but it also helps me because I usually have some kind of idea of what I might be lucky enough to receive! The same works for my kids too.
So, one of the other main reasons to declutter before Christmas is to make space for some new gifts instead of having to find more storage or let them get lost behind things I already own.
Here are some examples…
- Could you declutter your bathroom cabinets and donate/get rid/use up any bath products you’ve had lurking at the back to make space for some lovely new things?
- Declutter the toys and get rid of/donate anything that your kids don’t play with so you can make space for some new ones
- Think about your books. Have you got books that you’ve never read, won’t read or won’t read again that you could donate? You might get some great new books this Christmas which could make better use of your shelves!
3. Easier to keep your home clean and tidy
When you have less stuff, it’s definitely easier to keep the home clean. When there’s less stuff to move, you can hoover or mop the floor more easily, clean the inside of cabinets, dust the tops of tables and wipe the kitchen counters.
It’s also easier to keep the home tidy, especially when you’re likely to have more guests popping over and generally more people in your home (the kids are off on school holidays too so that causes extra chaos even without Christmas thrown into the mix!). You can re-set your home in a flash without needing to tackle it like some huge army exercise.
Not only is it easier to keep the home clean and tidy, but it’s also quicker. It won’t take you ages to clear up and put everything away. A few minutes here and there just to return everything to its proper home, plump up a few cushions and stick a laundry load on, is all that will generally be needed to keep things ticking along.
4. A time of giving, not just receiving
This is one of my favourite reasons to declutter before Christmas. I know we’re very lucky in many ways. We have food on the table, presents under the tree, family and friends to keep us company.
Many people aren’t as lucky and Christmas can be a difficult time of year for many.
I think it’s important that my kids recognise and understand this too so we make a point of going through our stuff before Christmas and donating what we can.
It helps my kids understand that Christmas is a time of giving, not just receiving.
Some examples are:
- Food to the local food bank
- Toys, books and clothes that are in good condition to the charity shop
START DECLUTTERING YOUR HOME RIGHT NOW!
I hope you enjoyed this article and began to think about how clutter might be causing stress and stuff in your home this holiday.
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