The New Year is THE PERFECT time for a post Xmas declutter frenzy!!
Yup, I’ve been busily working myself into a frenzy clearing out cupboards and actioning things on my to-do list. I actually find post Xmas and new year is the perfect decluttering time of the year (even better than spring cleaning – which I also do)! There’s just something about a shiny fresh new year full of possibilities that gets me going and this year I’ve even roped the whole family into it as well! Here’s my approach to my Post Xmas Declutter frenzy:
1. Clean away Xmas!
Getting started is often the hardest step to decluttering, right? It just gets so bloody overwhelming when you start looking around the house and realise just how much work needs to be done. But I find that once I’ve started tidying up, I can’t stop! And packing away the Xmas decorations always (and I mean ALWAYS!) gets the juices going! There’s always something so satisfying as being able to SEE progress and by packing away Xmas, you feel good and want to keep that going. Also, you realise how much you can get done in just a little while, so the overwhelm lessens. It makes you feel like conquering something else.
2. Review and clean the “Xmas room”. It’s just a natural progression, really, from packing away Xmas. Because I have to move items of furniture back to where the tree was (and where these items normally reside) I know I need to vacuum and mop the area thoroughly before returning them. But then, because there’s space, I like to make the most of the opportunity and bring the ladder in to dust everything up high (I have very tall ceilings at 3.6m and very tall bookshelves and picture rails!). So, I literally work from top to bottom, dusting and cleaning EVERYTHING. The room seriously sparkles by the time I’m finished with it!
3. Find a place for every Xmas gift the family received. We often get new clothes for Xmas, so this always instigates a clearing out of the wardrobes. This year I got the family sucked into my post xmas declutter frenzy by getting them to go through their own wardrobes and tossing out anything they’d grown out of, no longer liked or that was looking tired. Anything still in good nick goes to Vinnies, otherwise I get a heap of new cleaning rags (LOL).
Other Xmas gifts (books, toys, kitchen items) are all subjected to the same process. if it’s replacing something, then the old version is packed off. Otherwise I try to apply the rule one-in-one out, for example, if I receive a new book, I try to toss out an old one.
4. Take the bags to Vinnies asap. In my experience, the longer you keep the bags at home, the more chance there is that some of the items will wrangle their way back into the home. The only way to avoid this is dropping off the donations to the charity organisation asap.
5. Sit back and relish your post xmas declutter frenzy results. Don’t stress if you still feel like there’s still heaps to address. Celebrate the progress you’ve made so far.
How do you manage finding places for all your family’s Xmas gifts?