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Declutter Your Home For Christmas

Declutter Your Home For Christmas gift ideas

Christmas is a heady mix of people, gifts and food. Whether you are hosting the big day, having a smaller gathering or not throwing any parties, getting Christmas-ready definitely reduces stress.

Declutter Your Home For Christmas

Fridge and Freezer

No matter who hosts the meal, indulging in ham offcuts up to New Year’s Day and beyond, is a festive tradition. Various salads and desserts are also welcomed into your fridge, because we all love to over-cater, and of course over-eat.

Ideally you want to sort out your fridge before the festivities commence, so that you have room to store your food prep and leftovers. Long may you feast!

Check out this handy fridge decluttering guide. If you are hosting, give your fridge a wipe down because your guests will be peering in. Also think about assigning drinks to another location, i.e. a drinks fridge or ice bucket. This keeps your food fridge functional and you can get things in and out without playing food Jenga. No doubt some guests will ignore your request and ram six-packs and open bottles of Champagne in there, but redirecting them to the drinks area is part of the fun.

Pantry

Decluttering the pantry reaps great rewards at any time, because your pantry is the main hub of the kitchen and most of us access it several times a day, even if just for snacks and aimless peering in. Get your pantry sorted so that food prep for all your social events is super easy. If you are hosting you’ll want all your tea and coffee arranged and accessible for the inevitable post-meal cuppas.

Decorations

The decluttering process happens naturally as you access your decorations to put them up. Anything not worthy to be displayed this year is probably a goner. And donating your unwanted decorations is easy in December – they will be well received. Trying to offload decorations in January is an exercise in futility. Ugly hand-made decorations from years ago – well some call me ruthless but they are destined for the bin.

Gift Areas

If you are expecting clothes, declutter your wardrobe, If the kids are expecting toys, crack onto those areas and help the children declutter. Nobody will want to do it in the lazy days post-Christmas, so ideally create some space leading up. If someone is getting a new bike, release the old one onto a donation or sales site. It’s a great time to do so. Get rid of anything not used for a while, and items due to be upgraded by Santa.

Dining and Living

Making room for a Christmas tree might mean rearranging some furniture, and while you’re at it, see if there is any junk build-up. Take a fresh look at dining and living paraphernalia including ornaments, table decorations and the clutter that accumulates in nearby storage. If you are hosting you’ll want glassware and serving accessories clean and available.

Bathroom

You can bet your guests will be rifling around looking for toilet paper and even having sneaky peeks in your cabinet. Take out anything you wouldn’t want them seeing, and do a tidy while you’re at it. It’s amazing how much clutter can accumulate. As an aside, it’s a nice touch to have hygiene products in easy reach in case your guests need them.

Bedroom

If you have overnight guests or little ones who will be snoozing in the bedrooms, now is a great time to give those areas a spruce-up. Clear bedside tables and drawers for guests, and ensure weary travellers have somewhere to put bags and/or a porta-cot.

Home Office

Going off-grid over the festive season was easier when the office was not at home. You could just log off and leave the building. If you are working from home or using a home office in any capacity, deal with outstanding bills and paperwork, and tidy your desk and your computer desktop as an end-of-year process. Just like you do at a ‘real’ office. Slow down the influx of paper by signing up for online and automatic billing wherever possible. If you want to go next-level, detangle and label computer cables.

Alfresco

Whether you have a pool, are dining outside or are just anticipating the usual afternoon game of cricket, tidy up the yard to accommodate whatever is planned.

Declutter Your Home For Christmas – ready, set, go!

If you are a newcomer to the world of decluttering, have a look at where to start. Use the rule of three and decide what to keep, donate and store. And don’t forget to label! You could introduce some novel decluttering strategies like the ‘strangers, acquaintances and friends‘ method and as always feel free to reach out for help and advice.

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