This time of year, we know that more things will be coming into our homes, being prepared might mean you need to purge your clutter now so you are ready for the Christmas items. It is not about doing a major organize, but to just lighten the load a bit; before all those other items that arrive at Christmas and need a home of their own too. You shouldn’t be thinking of more storage but reducing the items in your home, making room for anything new.
Why Purge Your Clutter Before Christmas
You should make it a general rule in your home to go through it on a regular basis and to purge the excess. This can remove that dead weight you can carry around in your home, without even realizing that you have items in your home that you no longer need or love; the option to purge becomes an essential tool to remove the excess clutter, which everyone builds up over time.
Clutter is great at hiding in plain sight; it knows that by being there all the time you will begin to just accept it as part of your home, meaning you can become blind to the excess that you live with, it becomes a burden that you don’t even see.
How much clutter you have will depend on how you live and what you perceive as clutter. It doesn’t have to look like your house is bursting at the seams with the amount of items you have, it is about how much of these items in your home that you actually need and want.
Making a dent in the clutter before Christmas is a great idea, it will make you feel better, and getting some space in a drawer or room is a great moral booster and helping towards organizing your home.
How To Purge Your Clutter Before Christmas
If you are looking to see how to purge your clutter, you need a plan; it is not something you should blindly announce and not know where to start or what the plan is, for items to keep and the items you want to get rid of.
Knowing where you are purging the clutter from and what you intend to do with the clutter you collect, is an important question you need to think off before you even start. It is about how you organize your home and what you need to reduce.
For example: If you have one child and they are growing quickly and need new toys, their old baby toys will potentially be clutter, however, what you do with them is the most important decision.
- Sell them.
- Clean and store them, you might want another child and these toys would then be required.
- Throw them away if they’re broken.
- Give them to charity or a friend who needs them.
There is no point pulling items out that you no longer want or need at this current time without a plan as to what to do with them, they become even more annoying with nowhere to go, as they no longer have a storage space.
When you are aware of your plans for items that have become clutter, it is important not to pull too much out at once. You’ll be surprised how much time it can take to go through the things that you own but no longer need; it is often the emotional feelings towards the object. It reminds you of a memory from the past and this makes it difficult to make those decisions you need to, in order to purge the clutter from your home.
This is why it is important that you do this task in small batches; it is emotional and can bring back memories that can hinder the process of getting rid of the clutter.
This is why it is important to come up with the ideas as to where you want these items to go, often it is the association the item has with a memory that makes us hold onto the item longer than necessary.
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Why Purge Before Christmas
If you are in need of more storage for children’s items, it is difficult for children to let go of toys willingly. I found that when my children were younger it was easier to purge their toys at this time of the year because they’re caught up in the season and can even help with the sorting process.
It is important, too, for children to understand that they don’t need to have a lot of possessions and that it is good to give them to other children who might enjoy playing with the item that is no longer suitable for them.
It is not about emptying your home but just getting rid of the excess that you don’t need, what you do with the items is a personal preference, if you need extra money often it is a good idea to sell these items you don’t need, as a way to bring in some extra income. However, if you don’t need the money and the item is still in good condition you might consider giving it to a charity.
The Positives From Purging
By purging your clutter before Christmas, it will give you more space for the items that you receive as gifts at Christmas. However, there are more benefits than just that, there is less cleaning to do if there is less stuff around and this is always a bonus especially at this time of the year.
It will mean that when Christmas is over you are not looking for more storage to store even more items. If you need more storage and you are not increasing the size of your family, you might just need to purge what you have, reducing the need to increase your storage option, saving you money long-term.
Therefore, this is an ideal time to start a pre-Christmas purge. It will allow you to free up space ready for the new items after Christmas. It might help towards some of the costs of buying presents if you are able to sell the items or it might just help someone who is in need and can’t afford the item new. Whatever the reason, if you need to purge your clutter before Christmas, it is one item to cross off your to-do list.
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