6 super fast and easy ways to declutter in time for Christmas!
Can you believe it’s December already? 2016, we barely knew ye.
That, of course, means Christmas is right round the corner. And, if you’re anything like me, you’ve got a ton of stuff to do: buy presents, put up decorations, wonder how you’re going to cook dinner for your family without having a mini-breakdown.
So the last thing you probably want is something else to do. Decluttering before Christmas is a great idea though; not only will it clear some valuable space in your home, but you can also make extra cash – always useful this time of year!
Best of all, decluttering doesn’t actually take that long either. Here are a few top tips to help you declutter in time for Christmas.
Set achievable goals
Christmas is in less than a month, so the chances of transforming your home into a minimalist utopia are pretty slim.
You’ll still be able to get a lot done, though. You just need to prioritise.
Before you even think about picking anything up, sit down and write a list of simple, achievable decluttering goals, like ‘tidy up the dining room so people have more space’ or ‘organize and sell some DVDs so I can make some cash’.
Whatever your goals, having an identifiable and achievable purpose behind your decluttering efforts will make them much easier!
Do a little every day
A lot of people think decluttering is a one-off task that takes hours, if not days. Is it any wonder people struggle to get started?
The truth is effective decluttering is more like a habit, something you do little and often.
So, put aside a half hour every day to tackle some clutter. If that sounds like too much, start with ten minutes on the first day and add on an extra two minutes each day after. The amount of time you spend decluttering isn’t as important as getting into the habit.
If you keep it up, decluttering should become as routine and effortless as brushing your teeth or going to work!
Think of the benefits
It’s easy to get disheartened when you’re sorting through a mountain of clutter, although focusing on the benefits of decluttering can really help. Daydream about all the extra space you’ll have, or the cash you’ll make, or even just the smug feeling you’ll get when relatives comment on how great your home looks!
Having that extra inspiration will push you through even the toughest decluttering tasks with ease, and it might help you complete them quicker too!
Don’t declutter alone
As the old saying goes, ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’. If you’re struggling to clear your clutter, enlist the help of your friends and family. Just make sure you supervise them so they don’t throw out anything valuable!
Do the easy stuff first
Getting started is half the battle when it comes to decluttering. A good way to get the ball rolling is to start with the easiest tasks on your list, such as sorting through old CDs or tidying the smallest room in your house.
Don’t fall into the trap of just doing the easy stuff though; it should act as a step up to the more demanding stuff, not an achievement in itself!
Make it fun
Honestly, decluttering doesn’t have to be boring. Listen to some music, put on an audiobook or even just challenge yourself to clear out a certain amount of clutter – there are tons of ways to make decluttering more fun!
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