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Does the clutter in your house feel worse at Christmas?
It definitely does in mine.
And it’s not just all the piles of new stuff we give each other.
But also the overload of being busy, busy all December.
With so much going on, the clutter gets to me.
And I’ve found a quick Christmas declutter helps. Massively.
Make It Quick!
But it’s got to be quick. Very quick.
So I’ve learned to beam in on two things:
- Stopping more clutter coming in
- Creating the space to help me cope
AND to do one essential thing first.
Do This First!
And that is to write a clutter free Christmas gift list.
AND share it with my family and friends. Early.
So we can give each other lovely gifts that WILL NOT clutter our homes up.
I’ve got a big list of 101 clutter free gift ideas to get you started.
The Christmas Declutter
Once you’ve got your gift list sorted, try to whizz through these …
- Get rid of a few big things
- Go through expensive damaged or outgrown stuff
- Blitz the bathroom
- Clear out your make up bag
- Check out your christmas decorations
- Eat up everything you can from freezer
- Make some room in the kitchen
For easy tips on how to do these quickly – and why! – read on.
1. Get Rid Of A Few Big Things
Getting rid of a few big things will simply give you space.
Which you need at Christmas.
When everything’s busy busy.
And your hallway, living room and kitchen are a bomb site.
Just two or three things will make a difference. I promise.
But pick stuff you can give away or throw away.
Not stuff that needs you to faff around on eBay.
2. Expensive Damanaged Or Outgrown Stuff
Christmas is obviously the time we replace expensive stuff.
Whether damaged or outgrown.
But that’s just a recipe for more clutter.
So go through that stuff and think about whether you need it all.
Did you use it? Did you miss it? Did it really bring pleasure?
If NOT, get it all in a big box in the garage to sell after Christmas.
And DO NOT let a new one anywhere near your gift list!
3. Blitz The Bathroom
The bathroom really?
Surely there’s more important stuff to declutter before Christmas.
But you know what? It will only take 15 minutes.
And the bathroom is full of Christmas gifts past.
Body lotions. Bubble baths. Fancy candles.
Most of them half finished. From five years ago.
Basically ditch anything open more than 12 months.
Or that you are never, ever going to use.
And work out if you actually need anything new at all.
And don’t be afraid to tell people what you totally DO NOT need more of.
4. Clear Out Your Make Up Bag
It’s the same with our make up bags as our bathrooms.
They’re full of expensive stuff we don’t use.
Again, ditch the old, unused stuff.
And ask loved ones specifically for stuff you’ll actually use.
5. Check Out Christmas Decorations
Now this is a bit of an obvious one.
But it’s so easy to buy more and more.
And pack away broken stuff.
If you go through it early in front of an old movie – when kiddywinkles asleep – you can ditch stuff.
AND work out the few things – if any – you want to buy – or better still – make.
6. Eat Up The Freezer
Another obvious one. But it does help.
Eating up all that random old stuff in the freezer will let you stock up for Christmas, without screeching like a banshee as you try to ram the drawers in.
7. Make Room In The Kitchen
I don’t know about you, but we live in our kitchen in December.
And the clutter drives me insane.
But there’s lots of stuff to get rid of easily.
Unused mugs on the top shelf. Recipe books unopened for five years. Expired fancy foods you kidded yourself you’d cook with. Enough aprons for a restaurant. Tea towels ditto. Cleaning stuff you haven’t touched in 12 months. Old wellingtons etc etc.
Just get stuff in the bin immediately as you notice it.
Or put it in a bag for the charity shop.
I hang a bag on the door and take it once a week to the charity shop.
With no extra effort you can easily get rid of several cupboards worth of stuff.
Which gives you that little bit more space – to breathe – and keep on top of stuff.
AND actually enjoy Christmas!
I really, really hope these quick Christmas declutter tips help.
Do let me know how you get on. And what works best for you.
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