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THE 12 AREAS OF YOUR HOME TO FOCUS ON IF YOU WANT TO DO A QUICK BUT EFFECTIVE PRE-CHRISTMAS DECLUTTER
Feeling overwhelmed with a houseful of stuff wondering where the next influx of stuff from Christmas will go? Or worried that there will hardly be any room for your holiday season guests because your home is so cluttered?
Say goodbye to that overwhelm and kiss goodbye to worrying by using these ten ways to do a quick but effective last-minute pre-Christmas declutter that will help you have your home looking Instagram-worthy in plenty of time for Christmas season.
Now, let’s face it, decluttering before Christmas is a total first world problem.
But I also think it gives us a chance to stop and really think about how we consume things and make changes for the coming year.
Less is definitely becoming more in a world overstuffed with, well, stuff.
Here are 10 simple things you can do to give your home a pre-Christmas declutter just before the festive season really kicks in.
12 LAST-MINUTE PRE-CHRISTMAS DECLUTTERING ZONES
Put your focus on these 12 areas of your home to declutter it enough that you feel you can welcome guests and an influx of Christmas gifts without breaking out in a cold sweat.
1. THE KITCHEN
Start in your larder or pantry.
Go through all the packets and tins and check the expiry dates.
Throw out anything that is beyond eating.
Put a box of unwanted, but still edible, food together to donate to your local food bank or charity.
Clear out clutter from your kitchen cupboards and put away any items cluttering up your kitchen counters than can now be stored in the cupboards.
2. LIVING ROOM
Declutter bookshelves by being honest with yourself about which books you actually look at, which books are there to make your bookshelves or coffee table look fancy and which books you can get rid of.
Check soft accessories like throws, blankets and cushions to see if they need a wash, have reached the end of their life or whether you still like them.
Go through ornaments and objets to see if there are any that you no longer want or would look better elsewhere in your home.
Firstly. It’s nearing Christmas, it’s time to sort out your summer clothes and store them away until the weather warms up.
Take the time to check if summer items are worn out and ask yourself if you’ll ever wear them again. Then get rid of them accordingly:
- Store them in vacuum packs in your attic, top of wardrobe or underbed storage
- Donate to charity or try selling them somewhere like Vinted
- Put them aside for recycling
Organise your winter clothes and accessories so they are easily accessible and easy to keep neat and tidy in your wardrobe or drawers.
Declutter all surfaces.
Go through your dressing table to check for out of date products that need to be discarded.
Pull out anything that you’ve got stored under your bed, bedrooms look so much better and more zen-like if there’s not a pile of crud under the bed.
The only acceptable thing to have under your bed is nice, practical underbed storage!!
Go through your bathroom cabients and remove any expired products
Be honest with yourself about products that you simply never use. Give them to someone who can make use of them if appropriate or discard them if not.
Go through your towel storage area and recyle any towels that have seen better days.
5. GUEST ROOM / JUNK ROOM
If, like in our house your ‘guest’ room would be better described as a junk room, you need to make decluttering it a main focus. Especially if you have guests coming to stay.
This can be a mammoth task and the only way to do it quickly and effectively that I know is to find a good podcast to listen to, set yourself a time-limit and focus on tearing through as much of the junk that has been dumped in the room as quickly as possible.
Start with any paperwork that has been tossed in there. Check for things that are important and put them aside. Shred paperwork that is no longer needed but has personal information on it and fill a recyling bag with anything else.
Sort out the rest of the stuff in the room into categories. Things like – stuff the kids no longer use, laundry that needs putting away, old picture frames. Then quickly redistribute it around the house or get it ready to donate to charity.
6. THE CRUD DRAWER
That drawer or cupboard where you toss anything that doesn’t have a specific home.
Stuff that ‘might’ come in useful at some point.
But invariably never does.
Going through your crud drawer and emptying it can be one of the most satisfying and freeing jobs you’ll ever do in your home.
7. RE-GIFT OR DONATE UNUSED GIFTS
There are inevitably gifts you receive that you never use.
Think about re-gifting them (be careful not to re-gift to the person who gave the gift to you!) or get them down to the local charity shop.
8. MEDICINE CABINET
A slightly random one, but this is a great time of year to check expiration dates on meds.
Responsibly dispose of old stuff and then stock up on the basics to cover you for colds and sore heads during the festive season and winter months.
I usually have a stack of paper as tall as the house come December.
Receipts, old statements, catalogues, brochures…
Stuff I’ve got in a pile as a ‘to-do’ reminder.
It’s well worth taking a couple of hours and just hacking through the lot.
I’ve got a post on how to organise paperwork that might help.
10. MAKE-UP BAG
Go through your make-up bag and get rid of all the stuff on its last legs and more than a year old.
Wash your make-up brushes using a gentle face wash or make-up remover.
Responsibly ditch beauty products you either don’t ever use or that are past their best.
A make-up bag purge will also give you the gift of time.
Because it will be so much easier to get through your make-up and beauty routine.
11. CRAFTS AND SCRAPBOOKING
Every so often our craft cupboard can bring me to tears.
The cure is a couple of big rubbish bags.
One for recycling and one for binning.
I also put together a pile of creations for storing.
That which remains in the cupboard can then be easily accessed and used, rather than forgotten about.
Kids have so many toys these days.
But I have a theory that the more toys they have access to the less they play with ANY of them.
So it’s good to do a toy purge and pre-Christmas is a great time to do it.
Ideally, do it when your kids aren’t around.
Don’t be mean.
Create a pile of things you are unsure of purging that you can go through with them.
But the stuff they definitely never even look at and stuff they’ve outgrown can be gifted, sold on or donated to a charity shop.
I hope these tips come in handy and help you do a pre-Christmas declutter that gets your house a little more organised before the festive season really kicks in.
I’ve got a super popular post on how to make money from your clutter if you have the inclination to make a few pounds from selling your clutter.
Hello, I’m Luci, founder of Mums Make Lists (Est. 2011). Over the last decade or so, I have combined my experience as a mum, journalist and shopping editor to create useful guides and lists of ideas and inspiration to make it easier for busy parents to plan and host kids’ parties and find great gifts. Plus I create beautiful party printables, from invites to party games. Read more.