Let’s not get our tinsel in a tangle this festive season. With the holidays officially in sight, we need to start thinking about getting rid of that Christmas clutter.
How can we avoid the chaos and enjoy the holidays? Jo Carmichael, Professional Organiser & Decluttering Specialist from all sorted out, has perfected the art of tidying. Jo shares her tips, to avoid Christmas clutter.
1. Get organised
Before extra guests descend on your house for Christmas, it is important to have your space prepared in advance. Have a pre-Christmas declutter. The kitchen bench is the epicentre of entertaining so give it a clearing. Remove items that don’t relate to cooking and entertaining – ie move the bills, school notes & mail to a desk or computer nook. Go thru the pantry and toss any expired items or half eaten biscuit packets. Ditto with the fridge – jars & cans of food that are no longer fresh could be tossed – give the shelves a wipe clean ready for fresh produce.
2. Dedicate an area
Choose a room and go wild. This is your Christmas area, to be used as storage for food and gifts in the lead up to the big day. On Christmas Day or Boxing Day, encourage your guests to leave their extra stuff in this room – keeping the rest of your house safe from holiday madness!
3. Have a bin ready to go
On the big day, have a basket in the area where your gifts will be unwrapped. Encourage guests to toss their paper into it soon after unwrapping gifts. This helps keep your space tidy and avoids the post-gift-opening craziness. The gift wrap and packaging is then ready to recycle.
4. Stay calm
When relatives march through the door bearing gifts and the kitchen gets buried in extra groceries – it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Remember to Breathe in & Breathe out, to stay calm and enjoy the family excitement.
5. Gather opened gifts
Encourage family and guests to place their opened gifts, back under the nearly naked foot of your tree, in a pile or gift bag. This prevents every chair or bench becoming a leaning post for their gifts while you’re in entertaining mode.
There are plenty of practical steps we can take, to fill our homes with laughter and good times instead of Christmas clutter.
What are your tips to avoid Christmas clutter in your home? Tell us in the comments below.