If you are like me, you get the itch to declutter your home. It hits me every year, especially after the holidays. It’s time to get your house back to order!
As much as I LOVE Christmas and all the sentimental things that come with it, my love can quickly transform into overwhelm. I am extremely sentimental and develop an attachment to small knick-knacks, especially those that belonged to family members that are no longer with us.
If you find that you are frustrated by the amount of “stuff” you have, it may be time to scale back. These feelings and small items will hold you hostage when it’s time to decide whether to toss or keep.
With this holiday season on it’s way out, I am planning on clearing out, reorganizing and purging the stuff! It’s exciting, freeing, but also a little scary. I’ll have to make some tough decisions when it comes to things I may not love but feel an obligation to hold on to.
How to Declutter Your Home
There are so many different techniques and processes to declutter. If you follow the Marie Kondo method, you might purge anything that doesn’t bring you love. While that only scratches the surface of the theory, this might be a good place to start if you feel overwhelmed by all the junk.
Steps to Declutter Your Home:
1. Pick one room at a time. Don’t overwhelm yourself with attempting to declutter your entire home in one day. Ain’t happening without 89304732 meltdowns and infinite bottles of wine!
2. Time Yourself. Put a timer on for 10 minutes and focus on that one closet/drawer/room/corner and get to work. When the timer is up, move to the next drawer or room. Be deliberate with this time.
3. Think Fast! Don’t dwell over each individual item. Trust your first thought and move on. If something continues to come up in your head, then you might need to reconsider where it lands. The goal is to declutter – not trash everything.
4. Contain it. I place all trash immediately in the trash can. Having extra bins for sorting, keeping and questionable items will help contain the madness. Don’t worry about sorting through everything in one day.
5. Don’t make emotional decisions. When we are frustrated or annoyed with all the “stuff” around us, when can make irrational, hasty decisions. Don’t try and reorganize or make big decisions when emotions are running high. Take a step back and return to the task another day.
How to Declutter Christmas Items
If you have more Christmas décor than you need, take the time to purge the pieces you no longer love or use. Donating to a local thrift shop or another loved one is a great way to give the item a new life!
Questions to Ask When Decluttering Christmas Decorations
1. Is it love or just sentimental? If you don’t love it, and it’s more of an obligation, let it go. Take a picture of the item to keep, but send the thing on to a new life.
2. Do you have duplicates? Having two of everything maximizes clutter.
3. Did you downsize? Smaller house means less space. Keep
4. Have you upgraded? If you upgraded to a bigger and better version of the thing you love, let it go!
5. Did you use it last year? If it’s not being used, let someone else enjoy the item. Donating is a great way to give something a new life.
Letting items go that we no longer love or can use is hard, especially when those items belonged to someone we miss. Sending those items to a thrift store or another loved one gives it the opportunity for new life.
Do you have more tips for removing the clutter? Tell me below.