The lead-up to Christmas time is often a busy time for most people. And with preparations for Christmas celebrations and holiday trips coming up over the next few weeks, now’s the perfect time to get in and get the decluttering out of the way before it gets too busy.
If you’re not sure where to start, below are our best decluttering tips to help get the job done quickly and effectively and kickstart your holiday preparations.
1. One Room At A Time
What is the easiest way to ensure decluttering success? Declutter one room at a time of course!
Go from room to room rather than jumping from one room to the next so you can move through your decluttering task methodically and with a goal in mind. That way, you are breaking down a large (and potentially overwhelming) task into smaller, more manageable chunks.
2. Start Small
Start decluttering with an easy space such as a smaller room or perhaps the laundry or bathroom to get the momentum going. And once you’ve finished, you can easily move on to the other rooms in your home.
3. Focus On The Kitchen
For most people, the kitchen is a major focal point during the holidays. It’s where the food preparations take place as well as where people generally tend to get together for a chat.
Be sure to get rid of no longer used, dusty appliances or perhaps consider putting them into storage. Clean out cupboards, countertops, drawers, cabinets and toss out any odds and ends that you no longer need.
4. Entertaining Area
Be sure to clear out and declutter the main entertaining areas such as the living room, backyard or sunroom. Remove unwanted furniture, decorative items and knick-knacks you no longer use, and invite some fresh new energy into your space.
5. Toss Out Old & Broken Decorations
Go through all of your Christmas décor and decide if you would like to reuse them this year. Dispose of any broken decorative pieces and Christmas lights that no longer work and replace them with decorations you wish to display this year.
This way, you aren’t doubling up on decorations and can ensure you keep your clutter to a minimum.
6. Donate Unused Items
When you’ve accumulated a pile of your belongings that you no longer need or want, perhaps you could consider donating them to charity. After all, December is the season for giving. So what better way to declutter than to also help others who are in need and could benefit greatly from your donated goods.
7. Rent Some Space
For those larger items you aren’t ready to dispose of yet, perhaps you could consider renting a temporary storage space. Storing away your items temporarily means you can always pull them out of storage when you are ready to use them again or once the holiday season is over.
8. Guest Room
If you’re looking forward to welcoming guests to stay over during the holidays, be sure to declutter your guest rooms before their arrival. Remove any unwanted pieces of furniture or belongings that are simply taking up space. Clear out drawers and closets so your guests can feel welcome and make the most of these storage spaces during their stay.
9. Clear Out Flat Surfaces
Reducing clutter on flat surfaces can give the impression of a wide, more open, clean space. Grab everything from tabletops or counters and put them into a box. Then start finding a “home” for each item. A great rule to follow is that if an item isn’t a permanent fixture on the flat surface, it needs to be cleared and find a new home or be removed altogether.
10. Eliminate High Clutter Areas
From “junk drawers” to the spare room that’s become a bit of a dumping ground, we all have those little overflowing spaces in our homes where unused clutter quickly accumulates.
Go through each of the items in these spaces and decide if you will be keeping, donating or throwing away the items.
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