Holiday time is almost here! November begins our holiday celebrations with Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah and New Year's Eve. Our holidays bring amazing joy and lots to do at our homes. Doing just a little decluttering makes it easier to decorate your home and helps you feel prepared. Spend on hour on one of these four areas to help you get prepared for your most memorable holiday
- Declutter last year's holiday cards. It is a powerful way to prepare for this year's cards by collecting addresses and eliminating extra paper clutter. You will be prepared knowing the number of cards to order too! Just a little less paper means a lot less stress. • Declutter the toys in your home. There is no better way to prepare than by sharing your blessings with other's less fortunate! Your kids can be a part of the process in choosing what is donated. They can choose 3 toys to donate and bless others. If you have unopened toys or crafts from previous years, it is a great experience for you and your children to bring these to local philanthropies for gift giving.
- Declutter your decor as you decorate. While you are decorating for the holidays, create an awareness of what has lost meaning or value to you in your home. Whether it is a knick-knack or books, you can declutter while you decorate to create space for the holiday decorations and create a space for new decor after the holidays. Thrift stores and consignment shops appreciate these items for upcoming holiday shoppers.
- Declutter your holiday decorations. Keepsake decorations can be stored and marked to honor wonderful memories and preserve these items to share with your family. Decorations that are in good condition are an excellent donation to local philanthropies and a special way to share the joy of the holiday. Decluttering before decorating makes our holiday less stressful and more joyful. Put on holiday music and get started on one of these small projects.
Ellen R. Delap, CPO®
edelap (at) professional-organizer.com
Certified Professional Organizer®
Certified Family Manager Coach™
Organizing & Productivity Expert for The Clutter Diet
Member/Past President NAPO Houston
Member National Association of Professional Organizers
ADD and CD Certificates/Institute for Challenging Disorganization