5 Ways to Deal with Christmas House ClutterClutter is everywhere and it’s no wonder why it grows. We all accumulate so much stuff and then stuff it into a storage space, closet, garage, shed, or corner. Like dealing with old fitness equipment, Christmas house clutter seems impossible to control but it can be done. The trick is to purge, get organized, and purge again. Part of the solution is reusing items. For instance, you probably have decorations you reuse every year. Cut down on it and give away and/or throw out the excess.
With all kinds of money being spent on everything from iPads to big-screen televisions, it shouldn’t be a surprise people may feel more pinched by excess clutter this holiday season. There are, however, several things organizational experts say people can do to cut back on waste and clutter and enjoy a simpler, more stress-free Christmas. —Desert News.comIf you’re going to downsize your house soon, this is a perfect opportunity to be clutter free. This means being junk free, by ridding yourself of items you no longer use and/or need. If you are committed and honest, you’ll definitely identify a whole lot of stuff you can get out of the house once and for all. When it comes to the holiday season, there are boxes galore. Break them down to recycle and do the same with wrapping paper. Here are some more helpful ways to deal with Christmas house clutter:
- Pick up all the garbage. Face it — your house is full of junk you don’t use, don’t need, and really don’t know why you hold onto it. Be brutal, walk through your house with garbage bags and have at it. Purge as much as you can; it will make a noticeable difference. Plus, you’ll wonder why you’ve waited so long to do it.
- Clean out your kitchen. The kitchen is often a catchall location, like the garage and/or shed. When you don’t know what to do with something, you put it out of sight. Your kitchen is the same way, with non-perishables used months ago for certain recipes. Then, there’s all the other food, utensils, dinnerware, and more which can easily go.
- Identify items to regift. There are going to be things you do not want given to you as presents. Instead of sticking them somewhere, just regift them to people who will appreciate those items. This is a great way to give without spending money and it cuts down on clutter.
- Have a plan for the big day. On Christmas day, boxes, wrapping paper, and more are strewn across your house. But if you are proactive, you’ll find clean up is a cinch. Simply have bags and/or boxes dedicated to trash and reusable items.
- Make a donation bag to give away. If you receive gifts you don’t want to keep, you can make a donation bag to give them away. In addition, go through your closets to find clothes you no longer wear and other items which someone else could put to use.