While it may seem counter-intuitive, the holidays are actually a great time to take some stock of your home and determine what items just might not be necessary. During this time of year, you can expect to have large family gatherings, expansive feasts, and holiday decorations throughout your home. In fact, many people will hold on to items just to be used during this special time of year. With that notion, if those items aren’t actually getting used during the holidays, it might be time to purge yourself of some clutter.
- Kitchen gadgets – When your extended family comes to visit and you have to cook meals to feed a small army, chances are you are maximizing your kitchen’s potential. Whether it is that fancy gravy boat or the 12 random spatulas you have stuffed in a drawer, if these items aren’t be utilized during your busiest kitchen weeks, they probably aren’t being used ever.
- Holiday decorations – Let’s face it, we all have our favorite holidays decorations. On the flip side, we all have those decorations that seemed like a good idea at the time, but require too much time and effort to display or just don’t match with the rest of the house. If you have decked your halls and still have a box of decorations waiting for another chance to be on display, it is probably time to add them to the giveaway pile.
- Extra linens or towels – When hosting guests, you will be putting your extra sheets, towels, and blankets to good use. However, if you are at maximum hosting capacity and still not willing to offer your guests certain stained towels or ripped bed sheets, it is time to de-clutter that linen closet. Animal shelters are a great place to donate these types of items even when they aren’t in great condition.
- Ignored toys – As you do your Christmas shopping, your kids are probably eyeing some new toys. Before they turn in their lists to Santa, have them gather some of their older toys that haven’t seen the light of day in awhile and donate to a worthy cause.
The holidays can be pretty stressful, but by taking a few moments to actually de-clutter, you won’t be left with the new year panic come January 1st.