Decluttering 101: How to Declutter Before the Holidays
The holidays are right around the corner which means lots of food, parties, decorations, presents, and just MORE stuff. With less time to organize around the house with school activities, sports and holiday events now is the time to jump on this!
A good fall cleaning and decluttering is in order right now. You won’t regret it! Stop, DO not put out anymore holiday decorations until you get your declutter on and don’t even think about buying anymore decorations until you put out your current holiday stuff. Once you have finished the decluttering of course. Who doesn’t love a good declutter? Of course everyone does, once it’s done of course! I love walking into our storage area and knowing that everything has a place. And of course opening a freshly organized cabinet, bin or box is pretty awesome. I have often find myself bragging to my husband, “look how good this shelf looks!”
I spent 2 months of the summer traveling with my boys. Since I got back into town, I have been doing some major decluttering. Here are my tips and tricks on how to do this.
1. Make a to-do list.
Make a to-do list of things you want to declutter and organize. I love the feeling of crossing each item off the list; it gives me such a feeling of accomplishment.
Prepare yourself mentally ahead of time to get rid of things, and be okay with getting rid of stuff. It’s okay to say goodbye to some things and I’ve even found it can be a therapeutic process! Remind yourself that you are making space for new memories.
2. Physically get started.
I like to start by getting 3 boxes that I’ll be putting items in: 1 box to sell, 1 box to toss, and 1 box to donate. I sometimes need 1 additional box, and use it for things that needs to be placed in a new location (maybe the garage or shed, some place you can place it or take it to at that very moment).
A lot of times when I start cleaning I end up walking from room to room moving things, placing things, etc. but if I stay in the same location (i.e. the kitchen) I seem to get a lot more done. While I am in the room or area I’m working on, I can place items in the appropriate bins. After that particular area is done, I can start going room to room placing the items that don’t belong there.
Try selling online at that moment. I did that this last weekend and it was nice being able to get things out of the house the same day I decided to get rid of it. Craigslist and Facebook are two of my favorite online resources to sell. This is much quicker than waiting to have a garage sale and usually yields a higher price return. Donate your items you don’t think you want to sell. There are some items that I know won’t sell well but I also think someone could use. While you might not have a need for an item, someone else will. Giving to others can feel really good! Bonus: Get a receipt for your donation so you can use it as a tax write-off.
Everything looks so amazing when its first decluttered and clean. Keep it clean by putting things in the right place before it gets overwhelming. Clutter gradually arises overtime so it must be worked at slowly and gradually as well.
So get ready, go organize and declutter and enjoy the holidays!