Tips To Declutter During The Holidays

Woman decluttering her wardrobe.

The holidays are a time of great cheer, but they’re also a time when you can get snowed under with extra wrapping paper, boxes, and other items that clutter up your living space. Here are some ideas to declutter your living space this holiday season.

Living and Dining Rooms

If you’re a parent with small children, you know how easy it is for your living and dining spaces to get cluttered. Backpacks on the couch. Shoes on the floor. Cups on the coffee table. Mail and other leftover items piled onto the dining table. If you let this kind of clutter hang around, it can have a detrimental effect on your mental health. Take charge of that mess before it gets any worse. This is a good time to remind your young ones that there’s a place to hang backpacks and a cubby to store shoes. Unwanted mail can be tossed into the trash or shredded if you think it may contain personal information. When you tackle the dining table, remember it’s for a good cause: You want that space clean and distraction-free for special holiday meals.

Kitchen Essential

It’s a pretty good guess that you’ll be spending a lot of time in the kitchen this holiday season, so make sure that you’re doing a good job of cleaning the countertops and emptying the sink. Put away appliances that you’re not using — does that bread maker really need (not knead!) to be on the counter? Of course not. Clean off those countertops and make sure you’ve got room to cook, bake, and entertain. As long as we’re in the kitchen, we should talk about your fridge. Sorry to bring it up, but if there’s a science experiment growing on the bottom shelf where you can’t see it, then it’s time to clean.

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There’s nothing easier to donate than clothes. Go through items you don’t wear anymore and separate them into piles to throw away, hand down to someone else in the family, or donate to a local charity. Maybe someone else can use those items, and it’ll make their Christmas better.

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