Christmas is coming, which can only mean one thing; an abundance of lovely new things to take up space in your home. If you’re anything like us then the thought of Christmas can be dreaded and exciting, all at the same time. Loads of friends and family members are going to want to come round, there’s going to be lots of gifts to find a space for at home, and the New Year tidying is nothing short of a nightmare. One of the best ways to be prepared for the festive period is by decluttering, as this will ensure your house is in tip top condition (and ready for more clutter). Here are our top tips for decluttering in time for Christmas, split into different areas of the home.
The Living Room
This is the place you’re most likely to spend time in over Christmas, where the decorations will go, and where friends and family will sit. Therefore, it’s important that the living room is completely clutter free. Here are our top tips for decluttering your main family room:
Attack the bookshelves – It seems as though bookshelves seem to be the ultimate place for storing (and hiding) clutter. It should take no more than 15-30 minutes to take everything off, and put it all back in order. Keep an eye out for anything that shouldn’t be there, including things that can be donated, thrown away or sold.
Mount your TV – Is your TV unit taking up too much space in the living room? In most houses it becomes the focal point and therefore takes up the most space. Make your room feel less cluttered by mounting it on the wall, where possible. You’ll open up plenty of space and can invest in snazzy new drawers or cupboards for gadgets and DVDs.
If you’re always found in the kitchen at parties, like Jona Lewie in the song from the IKEA advert, then you’ll know how much of a social hub a kitchen is. You’ll probably also know how cluttered it can get, so here are our top tips:
Get rid of unused kitchenware – When you become an adult it seems as though every Christmas you get some kind of new kitchenware. You probably have 3 different types of cutlery sets, a whole host of unused pots and pans, and a mortar and pestle which has never been touched. Sort through anything that you don’t use and either sell it or donate it to a charity shop.
The dreaded kitchen drawers – Our stomachs turn every time we open our kitchen drawers, as we know that one day we’ll have to tackle that mess. Luckily, it doesn’t take as long as you think it might. Just tip the entire drawer out in the middle of the floor and sort through. Most of it will be rubbish, along with a few utility bills and some random items like pegs and paracetamol. You’ll feel so much better about your home once you’ve tackled these dreaded drawers.
Depending on how many bedrooms you have to sort through, this could be the biggest task in your decluttering mission. Here are our top tips to make it easier to handle:
Seasonal wardrobes – We can’t stress enough the importance of decluttering your wardrobe and getting rid of anything you don’t wear, or that doesn’t fit. You may also want to consider getting another wardrobe in order to store your seasonal clothing. We’ll help with the wardrobe assembly, if you just sort out the clothes. Once your wardrobe assembly is complete, you should have a pile of seasonal clothes to fill it with. Simple!
Under the beds – We all know that nothing should really be kicked under the bed and hidden away, but sometimes that is easier said than done. It’s time to lift up that bed and scoop out everything underneath it. Most of it will be things saved for the future that are now not needed or clothes, which can be thrown away or cleaned. However, you may find the odd gift from last Christmas, which will make the perfect present for Aunt Beryl when she comes to visit.
From wardrobe assembly to TV mounting, we hope we’ve given you some unique and practical ideas for decluttering your home. Some of these may take mere minutes, whereas others you’ll need to spend all day on. Give us a call if there’s anything we can do to help, whether that be wardrobe assembly or putting together a new bookcase. We won’t declutter those kitchen drawers for you though, unfortunately.