How to Declutter Your Home
Every year, more and more accumulates in my house, so when the holidays hit, I get overwhelmed thinking about where we’ll put gifts that our family and friends so generously give the kids. I’ve found that the key for my family is decluttering our home before the holidays roll around. If you can start early to declutter the house, it’s so much easier going into the holidays.
We like to start the process to declutter our home around Thanksgiving. In fact, we often try to start a little sooner to have even more time to focus. Here’s what works for us!
5 Decluttering Tips
1. Start with the holiday decorations.
We put out our Christmas decorations right after Thanksgiving, and each year, we pare down a little bit. We have the items we put out every year no matter what, but we also look through what we have to toss or recycle anything that is broken and donate things that are still in good shape but no longer our style. I try to do this as we decorate for each holiday throughout the year, too.
2. Purge clothing.
Since we’ve now started to wear our warmer clothes, I ask the kids to go through their closets to find at least a bag’s worth of items they no longer want to wear or that they’ve outgrown, and we donate them. A big benefit of purging this time of year is that others may be able to give our gently worn items as holiday gifts for their own family and friends.
3. Get control of the toys.
Spend a Saturday going through all the toys in the playroom, bedrooms, the basement, and anywhere else toys live to match pieces and reorganize. Once you know you’ve unearthed everything (we literally put everything on the floor in one of our main living spaces so it’s easy to sort), toss toys that are missing important pieces and dried out Play-doh. Collect toys that the kids no longer play with for donation or take them to the local kids’ resale store to get a little extra spending money.
4. Sweep the pantry.
Holiday baking means getting out the baking supplies from my pantry. That also means finding the brown sugar that is now a block and expired chocolate chips. Toss anything that is past its expiration date and take inventory so you know what you need to buy. Make sure to do this before you go to the store – otherwise, you’ll just buy things you already have and make the problem worse (here’s an app to help)!
5. Be mindful when you “undecorate.”
Just as you sorted through decorations before putting them out, do the same as you return everyday items to their normal places in your home. Have an objective eye about items that aren’t in the best of shape or you keep around just because it’s always been there. There’s no time like the present to rethink those items and see if they still bring you joy.
It’s amazing how you will feel after you declutter the house.
I know when my home is filled with too much stuff it makes me feel like the walls are caving in.Hopefully you can have a holiday season more focused on the things that really matter the most!
Declutter your home today!
Removing clutter does wonders for your mind, not to mention your sanity as you welcome new treasures into your home. Clear some space now; you’ll be glad you did