Clutter is my nemesis, we are locked, headlong in an epic battle that has spanned decades. Neither willing to give an inch, forever butting heads and each desperately yearning to take ground. Over the past 11 months I have drastically improved my battle strategy, I have conquered the clutter, I reign lord and supreme over my home.
But Christmas is on the horizon dear friends, it is time to ready ourselves (myself especially with Florence’s birthday just 2 days before the big day). The sheer amount of ‘stuff’ that enters the house at this time of year can be overwhelming, I find it best to take action around the end of November and get ahead of the incoming clutter. Here are a few of my top tips…
- Have a pre-Christmas clear out. This is great for children’s rooms where the biggest influx will come. If your child is old enough, get them to go through their toys and set aside anything they have outgrown, are bored with or have multiples of. If they are finding it hard to let go of them explain that by giving them away they are helping raise money for people in need, or they could be donated to a child who wouldn’t be getting lots of presents this Christmas. It’s a great teaching opportunity, I hope my children will appreciate how fortunate they are to have what they have and will use it to bless others. Be sure to do this with clothes too (locals check out The Dorcas Project for a worthy cause to support). Finally, when I clear out for Christmas I reshuffle the toy storage and aim to keep 2 boxes/drawers/baskets completely empty for new toys.
- Out with the old, in with the new. When writing you Christmas list make a note of something you will get rid off if/when you receive a gift e.g. an old pair of slippers or pyjamas, holey socks…you get the idea. I operate this ‘one in, one out’ system whenever we get something new, I find it’s the simplest way to stop the accumulation of clutter.
- What do you really need? This Christmas there really isn’t anything I want, to be honest I’d much rather enjoy the space instead of filling it! We do, however, want to replace our sofa so have asked for donations towards that. Vouchers or memberships are great gifts too, a wonderful memory of a day out only takes up space in your heart, bliss.
Don’t get me wrong, I adore Christmas and the wonderful generosity it evokes, but sometimes it’s good to take a step back, address any excess and re-evaluate.