The holiday season can be stressful and overwhelming for many of us. One of the best ways to avoid holiday overwhelm is to declutter and this doesn’t mean putting things away so that they’re “out of sight out of mind” because even though you’ve stowed the clutter away, you know it’s still there. Here are some quick holiday decluttering tips to help you out just in time for the holidays.
So Many Toys!
For those of you with children, you know they will be receiving more toys than they need – adding to the masses of toys they already have. If your child is old enough, explain to them that it’s important to make room for new items. They can donate toys that are in good condition that they have outgrown or don’t use anymore to children who are less fortunate. Here are some suggestions:
- Throw out broken toys
- Throw out games and puzzles that are missing pieces
- Donate gently loved toys that are no longer played with
- Display sentimental toys or stuffed animals on a shelf
Some people like to change their holiday décor from year to year and amass a mountain of decorative items that serve no purpose other than to take up storage space. If you have holiday décor items that you no longer use or want, either donate them or post them on your favourite buy and sell site to make a little extra cash. It’s a great way to offset holiday and New Year spending.
Holiday Kitchen Woes
If you’re hosting for the holidays, there’s a good chance you’re stressing over the state of your kitchen. It’s difficult to keep this high-traffic area clean and tidy but with some advance planning you can host and not destroy the kitchen in the process. Do as much baking and prepping of side dishes in advance as you can then remove all things from the counter that you will not be using. Do you have a slap-chop that sits in a cupboard and doesn’t get used? Get rid of it! We often receive gimmicky gadgets for the kitchen that profess to make our lives easier but sit unused year after year. Free up valuable cupboard real estate space by getting rid of:
- Broken and chipped dinnerware, bakeware, glass and mugs
- Broken utensils
- Donate or sell small appliances that you do not use
That’s a Wrap
Sort through your ever-growing stash of wrapping supplies. Recycle ripped and crumpled wrapping paper and gift bags. Throw out flattened bows and torn tissue paper. Simply get rid of any wrapping items that you will not be using again. It’s also a great idea to purchase a wrapping organizer which will help to keep these items sorted and stored in one neat and tidy container going forward.
Even a small amount of decluttering can go a very long way in creating an enjoyable and memorable holiday with family and friends.
Happy Holidays from us here at ClutterBGone!