Welcome to Week Four: Create Your Holiday Decluttering Plan in my holiday planning series – 9 Weeks to a More Organized and Peaceful Christmas: How to Prepare for Christmas. Have you given much thought to where you are going to put all of that new stuff arriving on December 25? This week it’s time to discuss some home organization tips on decluttering before Christmas.
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If you haven’t already set up your Holiday Binder, go back and check out the post from Week One to get it set up before moving on to today’s post. You can find it here –> Week 1: Create Your Holiday Planning Binder
Let’s Talk Clutter
If you’re like most people, you have some areas in your home that seem to be magnets for clutter. Those piles just seem to get bigger. You might try shoving them to the side or stuffing them in a drawer or a closet, but they continue to grow.
At this point, your children have been in school for a couple of months, so the paper clutter is probably starting to get out of control.
The clothes and toys that your children have outgrown have somehow made into the back of the closet clutter pile.
And it might be a good time to take an inventory of the food piles accumulating in your pantry and freezer.
With just under six weeks to the Big Day, it’s time to start decluttering your home for the holidays.
Make A Decluttering List
The first step in any decluttering project is to have a plan. Decluttering is most definitely a project to add to the “Projects/Ideas” section of your Holiday Binder. This project may not be your favorite holiday project, but I can assure it will be one of your most satisfying projects.
Take an inventory of the areas to be decluttered in your home. You may start feeling a little overwhelmed by all of the decluttering areas on your list. Take a deep breath. I’m going to break this decluttering project down into manageable steps, so it doesn’t feel so overwhelming.
Prioritize Areas to Be Decluttered
Grab your list of areas to be decluttered and prioritize them. The reason you’re doing this is that it’s important that you don’t set yourself up for failure. A LOT is going on this time of year.
And the truth is that you might not get to the end of your decluttering list before Christmas Day. And, guess what? That is entirely fine. As long as you make time to tackle the most important areas in your home, that is enough.
Calendar Time Blocks
Time blocking is key to getting things done. Take out your November and December calendars and start blocking off 1-2 hours of time to tackle your prioritized decluttering list.
If you have very little ones at home, then this time might need to be when daddy is home. If that doesn’t work and finding a babysitter is outside of your budget, try coordinating with a friend in the same boat. You can take turns babysitting for each other 1-2 times a week for the next month or so.
The important thing here is to treat this time as an appointment. Don’t be late!
The Decluttering Tools
For your decluttering project, there are certain tools you’ll need. The “tools” I’m talking about are the receptacles to hold all of the stuff you’ll happily be removing from your life.
The three tools of the decluttering trade are a trash can, a recycling bin, and a donation box. Make sure you have these handy before starting your first decluttering area. You’ll also need a designated area to keep all of your donation boxes. Then you can quickly load them into your car and drive them to your donation location of choice when you’re ready.
Make It Fun
Decluttering doesn’t have to be boring. Think of this as “me time.” Put on your favorite album, turn on some Holiday music, play a movie on your iPad, or listen to an audiobook (Audible offers 30-day trial memberships).
You are more likely to stay focused on the task at hand if you add a little fun to the project.
Let’s Talk Freezer Meals
One decluttering area I mentioned earlier is your freezer. Part of holiday planning is to make the weeks leading up to Christmas as stress-free as possible. I’m an advocate of storing up freezer meals for those busy holiday nights.
You can add prepping freezer meals as one of your time blocks. Check out my earlier post, 3 Comfort Food Freezer Meals for Busy Holiday Nights, for some freezer meal ideas.
How’s that for a holiday decluttering plan?
Remember, the important thing isn’t to get everything done. With these tips in mind, you’ll be able to keep focused on getting the most important things done and getting them done early.
Next week will be a little more fun. We’ll be discussing your Holiday Bucket List.
For now, Happy Decluttering!
With Love and Joy,