If you celebrate Christmas, you probably have your home decorated and ready to go for Saturday. Now is the perfect time to get rid of any items that are cluttering up your Christmas decoration collection. Here’s how:
- Are there any items you didn’t use to decorate your home this year? If you aren’t using a decoration, it could be a sign that the decoration is clutter. Photograph the item if it has sentimental meaning to you, and then trash, recycle, or donate the item to a group that is interested in accepting holiday decorations (hospitals, nursing homes, and daycare centers often want these items).
- Do you love all the decorations you’re using? If you don’t love an item or if it doesn’t bring you any joy, it could be a sign that the decoration is clutter. Remove it from display and trash, recycle, or donate the item as needed.
- Set a storage limit. Just because you might have space to store all of your decorations, doesn’t mean you should keep everything. Set a limit now (two Rubbermaid bins or a taped area of floorspace or whatever method works for you), so when it comes time to put your decorations away you can adhere to the storage limit.
- Do you have any duplicates? If you have more than one of a decoration, it could be a sign that you should get rid of the extras. Obviously, if there are five people in your family you would want to keep five stockings. However, you probably don’t need 10 stockings for your family of five.
- Pass it on. If you have grown children, you may want to pass along ornaments and decorations to them to enjoy in their homes. This is especially fun to do with children who have recently moved out of your home and are establishing their own traditions.
Try your best not to pack away any holiday decoration clutter this year by getting started on your decluttering efforts now.