When the holidays come, they bring with it a mound of cheer — but that’s not all. The holiday season also comes with piles of clutter. Following all the festivities and holiday events, you may find yourself buried in piles of unwanted clutter. Luckily, you can start the year out right with these simple tips for decluttering after the holidays.
1. Organize as You Go
As you begin to put away all of those cherished Christmas gifts, organize as you go. For example, as you place that new blender in your kitchen cabinet, get rid of the old blender that no longer works. Or, if you received several new shirts for Christmas, hang them up but get rid of at least three old shirts that you never wear.
2. Dedicate Time Each Day
For one week, dedicate a certain amount of time each day to decluttering. This may be just 15 minutes each morning to declutter closet shelves, under beds, drawers, etc. When you know you have limited time, you will be more motivated and become less distracted by old objects. You may also find that once you get going, you don’t want to stop. Sometimes, just getting started is the hardest part.
3. Put Away All Holiday Décor
While your holiday décor may bring a smile to your face each time you see it, it can become an eyesore once the holidays are over. Begin putting away all of your holiday décor throughout your entire home (and don’t forget the exterior!). This will help you feel like your home is back to normal and a little less hectic. And, if you have time, go through and declutter your holiday décor. Are there items you haven’t placed on your shelves for years? Or are there items that are broken and beyond repair? Quite storing them and throw them away or donate them.
4. Get Your Entire Family Involved
You will feel less overwhelmed when your entire home is organized and free from clutter. But, getting to this stage may be overwhelming. So, recruit the help of your entire family. Ask everyone to pitch in and go through their own closets and drawers. And if you or a family member has a hard time getting rid of items, ask someone who has no emotional attachment to assist.
Now that the holidays are over, you shouldn’t feel like you are living in a pile of clutter. Keep the above four tips in mind and you will begin to see a difference in your home and will start the new year off right.