I know, I know – the very last thing you want to do before Christmas is probably add to the workload by decluttering.
But trust me on this one – having a declutter before Christmas is the perfect time!
Here are 3 reasons why it makes perfect sense to sort through your stuff before the festivities start…
REASON #1 – MAKE SPACE FOR THE NEW
Have you heard the phrase “one in, one out”?
When it comes to staying organised and keeping control of how much stuff you have in your home, this is a fantastic rule to live by.
For example – if you have 5 pairs of jeans and buy another one – you should ideally let go of one of the 5 you already have. I’m not saying get rid of perfectly good jeans, but I am saying that this rule makes you think twice about buying even more stuff if you already have enough at home…
And this rule can work really well at Christmas.
You know that when 25th December comes around there will be a few (or a lot) of new things coming into your home. Presents for each member of the family amounts to quite a bit of extra stuff to store and look after.
As such – why not make space for things now – and declutter things that you do not want or need any longer?
Get the whole family involved which teaches a fantastic habit, and leads me nicely on to the next reason….
REASON #2 – TEACH KIDS TO GIVE AS WELL AS RECEIVE
If you get into the habit of decluttering before Christmas, you will have ‘stuff’ to let go of.
One of the best places to see this go to would be to charity.
Charity shops are always looking for good items to sell in the run up to Christmas especially – and as such you can give your unwanted stuff to a place that can make money from it for good causes.
This is such a great idea to teach your kids – as it helps them to realise that they can help others over Christmas – which can be a really powerful message for them.
Get them to sort through their toys – and to let go of what they don’t play with anymore. This will then leave some space for any new toys they may get, and stop the toys getting out of control which they can all too easily!
(It also means that they will be able to easily play with what they have left as well – as all too often toys become mixed up and kids don’t know what they actually have anymore. If there is less to play with, they will tend to be able to play more!)
REASON #3 – MAKE CLEANING & TIDYING EASIER
This is one that makes me more motivated to declutter at this time of year – most definitely!
When Christmas decorations go up there is new clutter around the house – and that all makes things harder to clean and tidy as it is.
The last thing you want to contend with on top of that is excess stuff around the house that really doesn’t need to be there.
As soon as you declutter – the house will feel tidier, and be much more easy to keep on top of over the festivities. AND it means that when the decorations come down, it will be even tidier than it was before!
As you hopefully see by now, the reasons to declutter are pretty good ones, and you could get ahead of the game quite easily by doing a little each day so it doesn’t take up too much time.
If you can get control of your stuff by doing a declutter before Christmas, then you can start the new year with a clean slate – how does that sound!
Which reason motivates you the most? I’d love to know, so please leave a comment below…
P.S If you want a little guidance or don’t know where to start, then why not try my free 30 day declutter challenge – just a few minutes each day will make the world of difference (and over 1000 people have already taken this challenge so you’ll be in good company!).