Holiday house clutter is the bane of every festive season because it’s everywhere. Wrapping paper, boxes, gift bags, gift tags, bows, string, adhesive tape, food, and more. The list goes on and on and it’s usually a big chore to clean it all up. Then, there’s all those decorations to deal with. But, clutter doesn’t have to be such a stressful clean up process. There are simple ways to reduce holiday house clutter to make the festive season more enjoyable.
Easy Ways to Reduce Holiday House Clutter
Like minimizing moving stress, cutting down on house clutter is all about having an easy to execute plan. The best part about this is it’s not unfamiliar to you — you already know what to expect. So, coming up with a game plan won’t take long or be a big deal. Plus, if you’ll have a few helping hands around, that’s even better. Okay, so let’s start with being proactive. Part of the reason there’s so much holiday house clutter is the decorations.
Most every home can honestly say they have challenges when it comes to keeping home clutter down. Whether it’s the stacking up of bills, kid’s projects, or even garage clutter that you never throw anything away, clutter lurks in many corners of your home. If you think that decluttering your home has to be time-consuming, it doesn’t. For minutes a day, reducing home clutter can become a way of life, that you don’t realize saves you time, energy, and your day will be less stressful! —Fresh Home.com
If you’re someone who likes to go all-out with the decorations, then this might not be for you. But, if you really want to reduce your stress, consider cutting down on the decorations so there’s less to take down when the season is over. (It will also save some space because you’ll have less to store for future use.)
Another proactive step you can take is to reduce what’s already in your home. Go through each room and be ruthless. Find everything you can sell, donate, give away to people you know, or just throw out. If you are sincere about it, you’ll discover there’s a lot more room in your house than you think. For instance, considering getting rid of some furniture to free up space. Now, it’s time to move on and be ready to wrangle all that holiday house clutter by doing the following:
- Start emptying your kitchen. It’s not just boxes, wrapping paper, and the usual culprits, it’s also all that food. During the holidays, food is plentiful and so many leftovers crowd your refrigerator and freezer. Now is the perfect time to clean out the refrigerator and freezer, as well as go through non-perishables.
- Pick out items to regift. Let’s face it, every year you receive a gift that’s just not your style. Whatever these are this year, take advantage of them by regifting them to others. It’s a great way to give them to people who will actually appreciate them. And, it gets all those unwanted items out of your house.
- Have a plan ready-to-go. You know there will be plenty of boxes, gift bags, wrapping paper, bows, and the like strewn about. So, have a plan for what you’ll do with these. Identify what you can reuse and what you can breakdown to recycle and/or throw out.
- Make a donation bag. While you’re going through your house, looking for stuff to purge, don’t forget to set aside what can be used by others. You probably have clothes that don’t fit or you no longer want. Put together a donation bag to give away.
If you’d like to know more about how to cut down on clutter around the house during the holidays and the home buying or selling process, please phone me at 407-616-7286, I’ll be happy to speak with you.