Decluttering & Tips for the Upcoming Holiday

The holidays are right around the corner! This can mean looking forward to family gatherings, fun and frolic! It can also mean a stressful time of preparation of your home and decorations. Take this opportunity to get started early, and make the most of your time and energy.

One thing we find when working in clients’ homes is a large amount of unused holiday decorations. Prior to pulling out the totes and boxes filled with decorations, use this time to evaluate the items that you currently have on your counters and furniture surfaces. Next, as you go through your decorations, keep those items that you love and hold meaning. Take this opportunity to get rid of those that are broken and no longer special.

This could be a great time to bag and box up those things that you want to give to specific family members and friends. Plan to take it to the next gathering you both plan to attend. This is a wonderful way to get these items out of the house, and not have to wait on someone else’s timeline.

Winter coats, gloves, scarves and boots can take up a lot of closet space. When switching out to your winter closet, take this opportunity to bag up those items that do not fit, and no longer inspire you. Donation agencies and homeless shelters are more than willing to take these items in the colder months.

Lastly, do you dread finding that ‘perfect’ gift for your loved ones? Rather than getting a gift, think about getting them an ‘experience.’ My siblings and I do a ‘sibling night-out’ instead of buying gifts and the memories of these last a lot longer than a gift. They remind us that the holiday season is about spending time with loved ones, and not about our ‘stuff.’

Cheers to a wonderful upcoming holiday season!

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