Clutter in any form can have an awful effect on you. It feels stifling, it makes it hard to think clearly, you become disorganised and stressed. Then it starts costing you money because you need to replace lost items, or pay overdue fees for misplaced bills or borrowed items.
In 2016 I am aiming to completely declutter our home. Despite it being a small house, we have a lot of clutter especially with 8 people living in our home. I won’t be setting an item amount because, although I think it can be really motivating, I just want to focus on the clutter itself and motivate you to do the same.
I’m going to be keeping it real and honest with my images in this series, so be prepared for stained carpets, chipped paint and toddler graffiti.
Week 1 is going to focus on Christmas. Why? you ask, because a lot of us are taking our decorations down this week and it’s the perfect time to sort through and get rid of old and broken ornaments and lights and to organise and label things ready for next Christmas.
I’ve included a free printable for you so you can take note of what needs mending, replacing or purchasing for next Christmas and there is even a section to make notes of anything else Christmas related.
Now as you go
- Be sure to check your lights for blown globes or frayed wiring. This includes window and outdoor lights as well as any light up ornaments you use around the house or yard. Frayed wires are dangerous.
- Check that your hanging ornaments still have their hangers intact, the cotton/thread ones can easily break, so consider replacing them with wire hangers or pretty ribbon.
- Check for any broken ornaments. If they can easily be fixed with a bit of glue, then go ahead and fix them. If they are beyond hope, then it’s time to throw them away.
- Check your tinsel. Is it looking a little sparse from years of use? Throw it and make note to buy more or maybe ditch the tinsel next Christmas and string popcorn instead.
- Did you find that after decorating the tree, house and yard, that you had decorations left over? How about selling them to make a bit of money or donating them to your local Op Shop (Thrift Store) for someone else to make use of.
When packing your decorations away, try and be meaningful. By this I mean don’t throw your outdoor lights in with your delicate tree ornaments, or your Christmas star in with the stockings that Grandma made.
You don’t have to go out and buy the containers and bags that are specifically designed for Christmas ornaments and decorations, although they are pretty cool. You can do just as well with some large boxes or plastic tubs and a few smaller boxes or ice cream containers and biscuit tins to keep things separated.
We use a large plastic tub and some smaller containers and boxes to keep our decorations organised and a box or two of cheap tissues will come in handy for wrapping those delicate and breakable items.
It helps too if you label these containers to make it easier when decorating and packing away.Good luck with your Christmas de-cluttering and be sure to link up your own efforts below or share in the comments your own tips for storing your Christmas decorations.