We all enjoyed the Christmas festivities. Our homes looked great. The atmosphere was fun and cheery. New Year’s celebrations were calm and collected (for most of us). And now it’s January and instead of being gloomy and dark let’s embrace this month as productively as possible. And what better way to do this then by organising your home using these handy tips on how to declutter your home after Christmas.
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5 tips for decluttering your home after Christmas
1. Gather up all of your Christmas decorations and declutter
Like with any organizing project first thing to do is declutter. Gather everything in your home that is related to Christmas and the holidays, including baubles, garlands, lights, EVERYTHING. Once you have them in one pile and go through each item discarding anything that is broken, ripped and anything that you didn’t use this or last year.
Items that you can go through include
- santas/ globes/ snowmen
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2. Use storage bags for your Christmas decorations
Once you declutter and have a pile remaining of the Christmas decor you plan on keeping to use next year, the next step is to pack them away. One easy way to do this is to use storage bags and boxes to store your Christmas decorations. This really helps to declutter your home after Christmas.
You can use simple plastic boxes from Amazon or you can be all fancy and use special boxes to store your holiday decorations.
3. Go through any gifts you don’t need, use or like
The biggest culprit to gathering clutter after the holidays is gifts. We most likely end up with some things we don’t actually see ourselves using or simply just don’t like or need. Don’t feel guilty – if you know you will not be using something donate it to someone who will use it. Don’t let stuff just build up in your home. This is one of the best tips for how to declutter your home after Christmas.
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4. Declutter your children’s toys to make room for the new ones
Toys take up so much room in your home and can make any living room or playroom feel cluttered and messy. I like to declutter and prepare for a toy rotation at least once a month as I know the majority of toys that live in my Trofast storage system are left unplayed with by my kids. And let’s be honest Christmas is not the only time they get new toys. Thank you grandparents, am I right!
Take some time to sit down going through all of your kid’s toys and either donate, give them away or bin those that are broken. Some bits to look out for include:
- Broken toys
- electronic toys that no longer work
- games with missing pieces
- puzzles with missing pieces
- boardgames that the kids have outgrown
- toys with missing pieces
- lego sets with missing bits
- outgrown toys
5. Go through your pantry and fridge/ freezers
We all love to eat in my household and post any celebrations we end up with tons of leftovers that we had forgotten about, items we purchased and never used or foods we had frozen for a rainy day. Christmas and New Year’s is just another big celebration we pile up the kitchen for. Told you we like to eat.
Go through your pantry, fridge and freezer to update your inventory and basic items looking out for:
- frozen meats
- canned foods
- expired foods
- frozen leftovers
- sauces & condiments
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