Inside: Want to get a jump start on the holidays? Check out these simple tips to declutter for the holidays. You can get your home organized for Christmas and have a clutter free Christmas.
It's hard to believe that Christmas is only about 5 weeks off. After Thanksgiving, we tend to start pulling out all of our Christmas decorations and start decorating. Suddenly with all the decorations, our homes can start feeling so cluttered.
We have Christmas trees with packages stacked up under them, decorations on the mantel, and garland everywhere. Plus, most of your gifts will need a home somewhere in your house. If you want to avoid all of the clutter this year check out these simple tips to declutter for the holidays.
Declutter Holiday Decorations
Before you start putting up holiday decorations start by going through everything and deciding what to keep. Make sure everything is in good shape. If you have decorations that you haven't used in a year or two donate or sell it. Right before Christmas is a great time to sell your decorations. Get rid of that second Christmas tree that you don't put up anymore. Donate those old decorations that you just don't use. You can get rid of some clutter and make some extra cash before Christmas.
Another great tip to declutter for the holidays is to go through any knick-knacks you have. We often have knick-knacks around that we aren't crazy about but we just don't get rid of. Before the decorations go up step back and take a look at what you really want to keep and what you can get rid of.
Go Through Kids Toys
If you have kids I highly recommend going through all of their toys before Christmas. Kids tend to get a lot of toys for Christmas so make some space now. Declutter the toys by getting rid of what they no longer play with. Now is a great time of year to take toys to the resale or consignment shops to make some extra money before Christmas.
Clean Out Bills & Paperwork
With all the holiday parties, present buying, and decorating don't forget about any bills or paperwork that are due. Go through all your bills and paperwork and pay things ahead of time if necessary. You don't want to forget about a bill and get a late fee. Mail tends to run slower this time of year so you will want to get any paperwork mailed early.
While you are cleaning out any bills or paperwork take some time to go through your magazines too. Throw out or donate any old magazines.
Declutter Spices & Baking
Thanksgiving & Christmas are big times for baking so before you get started take a few minutes to declutter your spices. Throw out any expired spices. Take a few minutes to go through your baking supplies and throw out any expired food. You can add anything you need to replace to your shopping list. It's always so frustrating to start baking and realize that your food or spices are expired.
If you have any holiday cookie cutters, plates, or dishes take a few minutes to go through those and make sure you only save what you use.
Take a Decluttering Challenge
Still want to do some more decluttering? You can sign up for the free 7 day decluttering challenge. This decluttering challenge will take you room by room to get your home in shape for the holidays. This mini-challenge will help you get organized before the holidays in just 15-30 minutes a day.
Or you can do the 5-word challenge from Hillary at Pulling Curls. It's completely free and she has videos to go along with the organizational challenge.
Start getting ready for the holidays with these simple tips to declutter for the holidays. Your home will look less cluttered and cleaner. Want some other decluttering tips? Check out 5 tips to control the clutter.
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