11 tips to declutter before the holidays

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11 tips to declutter before the holidaysLet’s be honest, the holidays are stressful. Parties, planning, coordinating schedules, cooking, wrapping—there just never seems to be enough time. But here we are, encouraging you to add one more thing to that list: decluttering. The beauty of decluttering before the holiday season is that it actually saves you time in the long run. Everything on your to-do list will run more smoothly in a tidy, organized, home. Take a little extra time now, and you can pat yourself on the back later. Here’s a list of things to start with:

  • Coat closets can benefit from a quick purge. Sort coats and outer wear that no longer fit; you might be surprised at how many there are.
  • The rest of your closets can use a clean sweep too. It doesn’t have to be a massive overhaul, but take out everything you haven’t worn in at least six months.
  • Under the bed is a great place to store things like wrapping paper after the holidays. So, get under there now, and make sure it’s tidy.
  • Traveling between families this season? Get your car in order with a quick declutter and vacuum session. Then hang bags for trash on the back of seats to keep the car clean while traveling.
  • We have three words for the toy room: purge, purge, purge. Between Santa, grandparents, and friends, the kids will be bringing quite a haul of new toys home. Get rid of as much as you can now—the fewer toys you have, the more kids will play with the ones they do have.
  • You’ll be cooking and storing an array of delicious foods this season, so give the fridge a clean out. Throw out old food and condiments, and wipe down shelves and drawers.
  • Now is the time to finally get control of your Tupperware. Get rid of mismatched bowls and extra lids, then buy a few packs of cheap Tupperware sets to send home with guests.
  • It might not be at the top of your radar, but your DVDs can use a good declutter. Winter break is perfect time to pop in a movie, so get every DVD in the right case, and clear out any movies you never watch.
  • Purses and backpacks easily become cluttered, especially this time of year. Clean them out now, and enjoy starting fresh for the new year.
  • One of the scariest places in the house is the junk drawer. Instead of closing the drawer in disgust, clean it. Place silverware organizers in to keep pens and other necessities at arms’ reach.
  • Lastly, don’t just stuff your garbage bin with the results of all of that purging. Donate it! It is the season of giving, after all.
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