We marked mid-January this week with the infamous ‘Blue Monday’. Heralded by many as the most miserable day of the year! But if there’s one easy way to lift your spirits during this dreary month, it’s by decluttering your home after Christmas to help kick start the year ahead.
This month, we’re sharing our top tips for getting rid of the Christmas clutter. So you can start as you mean to go on. “Tidy house, tidy mind” – as they say!
Out with the Old
Do your children have toys they no longer play with? Or clothes they’ve outgrown? Maybe you have some clothes of your own that haven’t been worn all year. January is the perfect time to have a ruthless clear out. Clothes, toys and household items in good condition will be greatly received by your local charity shop.
If you’re not sure about what to donate, ring your local charity shop and check what they’re most in need of.
Visit Your Local Food Bank
We’ve all been guilty of over-stocking the cupboards at Christmas time. So much so, that the leftovers can end up going to waste. Plan your week’s meals around your leftover perishables and take the rest down to your local food bank.
Food banks often receive an influx of donations over the festive period but the demand for food remains constant all year round.
Start a Re-gifting Stash
You might want to keep this one on the down-low. But we all receive gifts we don’t want or need, every once in a while – so why not save unwanted presents to delight future recipients?
Wrap unwanted gifts and store them in a safe place, ready to be whisked out at a moment’s notice. Keep a note of the gifts you have up your sleeve and don’t forget to use a code, or secret labelling system, so you know what’s inside each parcel!
This way, you’ll never be left looking bashful when a distant relative pops in or stuck without an emergency birthday present for a friend.
Pack your Decorations by Type
When taking your Christmas decorations down, don’t push yourself to tackle them all at once. Allocate a box to each group of items (separate tree decorations, outdoor lights, tableware, and so on) and pack up one each day.
This will help you avoid feeling overwhelmed, or worse, leaving your decorations up ‘til Easter!
Store as You Go
As soon as a box is packed, transfer it to storage right away. If you’re short on space, taking on a personal self storage unit for your Christmas decorations can be a practical and cost effective way to keep your home clutter free throughout the year.
Moving boxes into storage as you go will speed up the decluttering process with minimal effort on your part.
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