December 25th is now officially less than a month away, which usually a bunch of stuff will be coming into your house. And we know that getting (or staying!) clutter-free means that incoming stuff needs to be balanced by outgoing stuff.
Why not get ahead of the game with a pre-holiday purge?
These three things aren’t earth-shattering as far as importance, but they’re the sorts of things that you’d have a hard time doing any other time of the year – and they’re going to be right at your fingertips as you move into the holiday season.
Here are three easy purging targets.
Target #1 – The Decorations
Everybody I know has at least one box of Christmas stuff, and probably more. When I grew up we had a fake tree, boxes of ornaments, boxes of tinsel and lights, and a bunch of holiday decorations.
If this describes you, go through those boxes. All of them. There’s nothing wrong with having holiday stuff, but it’s just like everything else – you want to be keeping things that you find valuable.
This means that all of your strings of lights should work – whether or not they’re actually being used that year. Ornaments should be in good repair. Christmas decor should be presentable. It’s fine if you have a couple sets that you rotate through over the years, but it should all be in good, usable condition. If not, pitch it!
And if you cringed when I said you should go through all the holiday boxes, it might be good to set aside a few hours one day and do a “quick condensing purge”.
Target #2 – The “Holiday Best”
You’ve been telling yourself that you’re saving that purple and red reindeer sweater because it’s a holiday thing, and you’ll need it come December. Hey, guess what? It’s December!
Get out your holiday outfits, and try them on. Do they fit? Do they flatter? Would you be comfortable putting it on and going shopping?
If you keep answering “no” to those questions, this might be the perfect time to donate your “holiday best” to Goodwill and pick up something you’ll be proud to wear to a Christmas party. After all, it’s less than 25 days away!
Target #3 – The Things Rotating Out
I have friends that swap out table linens, couch pillows, centerpieces, and endless varieties of tchotchkes for more “festive” variants this time of the year.
This means that there’s a stack of table linens, couch pillows, centerpieces, and (probably) an equally-large collection of tchotchkes that are getting packed away.
If this describes you, take a look at the things being packed away. Are any of them damaged? In poor repair? In condition such that when you unpack them again, you’re not going to want to put them out? Or maybe there’s just too many and you’ve been thinking of doing a slight purge?
This is an easy time to deal with that sort of thing. It’s just like moving – it’s easier to get rid of it before you box it up and store it!
Hitting The Holiday Bullseye
Of course this isn’t a complete guide to holiday decluttering, but these three things are great places to start. And creating healthy decluttering habits around holidays is a fantastic way to keep your clutter in check!
What about you? Do you have any holiday traditions that help you manage clutter?