Free Up Storage Space for the Holidays: 7 Things to Declutter Today
The holiday season is fast approaching, and with it comes the desire to decorate, host gatherings, and make your home feel warm and inviting. But before you dive into the holiday preparations, it's a smart idea to declutter and create some extra storage space. By getting rid of a few things now, you'll not only have a tidier home but also plenty of room for all those festive decorations, gifts, and holiday essentials. Here are seven things you can start decluttering today to make your holiday season more organized and enjoyable.
Old decorations you haven’t used in years
Take a look at your holiday decorations and identify items that haven't been used in several years. If they no longer hold sentimental value or don't fit your current holiday decor theme, consider donating them or passing them on to someone who can enjoy them.
Old holiday cards you’ve received
While it's lovely to keep some sentimental holiday cards, holding onto all of them can lead to clutter. Go through your collection and keep only the cards that hold special memories or a heartfelt note. Create a spreadsheet containing the names and addresses of families you intend to send cards to, and consider recycling or finding new uses for the remaining ones.
Toys your kids have outgrown
Children grow quickly, and their interests change. Declutter by identifying toys your kids have outgrown or no longer play with. You can donate these toys to charity or pass them along to friends or family with younger children.
Gifts you never used (or even opened)
We all receive gifts that don't quite fit our needs or preferences. Take a look at these items and decide whether you'll realistically use them. If not, consider regifting, donating, or selling them to free up space and potentially make someone else happy.
Mismatched linens and old towels
Go through your linen closet and weed out mismatched or worn-out linens and towels. Keeping only the ones in good condition will create more space for fresh linens or holiday-specific items.
Duplicate kitchen tools
Most kitchens tend to accumulate duplicate gadgets and tools over time. Assess your kitchen and identify items you rarely use or have multiples of. By decluttering these items, you'll have more space for holiday cooking and baking essentials.
Winter clothing you know you won’t wear
As the seasons change, it's a great opportunity to go through your winter clothing. If you have items you haven't worn in years or that no longer fit your style, consider donating them to those in need. This will not only create more storage space but also help those less fortunate stay warm during the winter months.
By decluttering these items now, you'll not only create more storage space for the holiday season but also start the new year with a more organized and clutter-free home. It's a win-win situation that can make your holidays more enjoyable and your living spaces more welcoming.