How to Keep Clutter at Bay This Christmas

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Christmas is the season of gifts galore, which means your home could easily turn into a cave of clutter instead of an unburdened, snowy abode. 

This year, especially, not everyone is feeling up to the task and many don’t quite feel this Christmas will be the same as it was last year. One study showed that 60% of people said it won’t be as fun.

Of course, it’s up to you to try to keep your spirits up this year despite the challenging events. Clutter in a home can significantly help do that, especially if you’re one of many who have taken to shopping online more frequently this time around.

Clutter in a home can play a large role in the state of your mental health. Plus, you don’t want to start the new year with a messy home. Here are our tips. 

Buy Fewer Gifts

Buying fewer gifts works for two reasons. One, you might have been impacted by the pandemic, and toning down on gift-giving is something that will certainly help you financially. 

Two, fewer gifts means more intentional buying. Since you’re not busy trying to buy for any and everyone you know, you can better focus on giving to those who play an important role in your life. 

Go Non-Physical

There are tons of non-physical things that you can buy for friends and family that will take up no space at all in your home. This practice will help yourself and others to be more minimal. 

You can “buy” experiences like paid date nights, classes like online courses for something they’re interested in, or memberships for things like Netflix, Amazon Prime, or even blog hosting.

You can also pay for services they need like babysitting. Options for kids include classes as well, a paid-for day experience like an ice cream outing, or a membership service. 

Get Rid of Garbage 

Of course, you can’t keep clutter at bay without first doing a proper audit of what’s already there. Take time to get rid of the garbage around your home before the holidays’ peak.

Boxes might be spread out all over at this point. Be sure to recycle them if possible or store them in a place that’s well out of your way. 

Give to Get 

Instead of just throwing out what you don’t need, donating items is a great way to declutter and practice your spirit of giving.

This time around, others will be particularly grateful for the items they get since many have lost so much already. There are tons of organizations that you can donate through so take advantage.

Prepare for Returns

If you know you are not going to use a gift at all, you’re better off getting rid of it. In addition to making a return, you can re-gift or donate items. You can also hold them until you have a yard sale. 

Bear in mind you will need to keep receipts safe for returns. Also, make sure you keep the gift in a container and stick post-it notes with the name of the person you got the gift from to prevent gifting it back to them. 

Keep the Decor Minimal 

This year, not all of us will get to be with our families as we would like. It is unfortunate, and it’s all the more reason to keep the decor on the minimal side.

In general, it is better to put on display those items you have an attachment for rather than any and all Christmas decor you possess. In fact, you should get rid of what you don’t truly love.

Store Decor in Short Bursts 

Once the time has come, don’t overwhelm yourself with the task of putting away Christmas decor by doing it all at once. Instead, work in short bursts such 30-minute periods storing decor.

Once you have put everything into boxes, go ahead and tuck these away into storage. They’ll stay secure until the next holiday season comes around. 

Adopt the One-In, One-Out Rule

This tip is not just for the season but applies to the coming year as well. It is truly a pro-tip for decluttering that your entire family should adopt in order to keep your home clutter-free. 

The rule goes that, once something has been brought into the house, something has to go out. For kids, who already grow up so fast, they can donate or throw out toys they no longer use. 

This practice might lead to a pile-up wherever you’re storing items you no longer want. Take the time to decide what exactly will be done with items you don’t want, and be strict about carrying it out.

Conclusion

If the holiday season already has you stressed and you find it hard to implement these decluttering tips, make it easy for yourself and reach out to us to store all your precious items

That way, you can still start the new year with a clutter-free home without going through the whole decision-making side of it. We still recommend giving back, though!