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  • Writer's pictureHeatherAnne Norbury

Holiday Decluttering: Tips to Avoid Backsliding on Your Efforts


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The holiday season is undoubtedly a time of joy, warmth, and celebration. However, it's also a time when our homes can feel the pressure of hosting gatherings, welcoming guests, and accommodating festive decorations. Amidst the hustle and bustle, our progress in decluttering throughout the year can easily be threatened. In this blog post, we'll explore strategies to help you avoid backsliding on your decluttering efforts during the busy holiday season.


Set Clear Boundaries

One of the keys to maintaining a clutter-free space during the holidays is setting clear boundaries. With the influx of decorations, gifts, and seasonal items, it's crucial to establish limits on what comes into your home. Consider adopting the "one in, one out" rule – remove an old one for every new item that enters. This ensures that the balance you've worked hard to achieve isn't disrupted.


Create Organized Storage Solutions

Invest in organized storage solutions to accommodate holiday decorations and gifts. Bins, baskets, and storage containers can be invaluable in keeping seasonal items in check. Designate specific areas for holiday storage, making it easier to locate and retrieve decorations when needed. By having a systematic approach to storage, you can avoid the chaos that often accompanies holiday clutter.


Practice Mindful Gift-Giving

As you navigate the holiday shopping season, prioritize sustainable and mindful consumption. Opt for experiences or consumables as gifts rather than material possessions. Encourage friends and family to embrace mindful gift-giving, as well. Suggest experiences, consumables, or items that align with the recipient's values and needs. This reduces the likelihood of receiving unnecessary items and promotes a thoughtful and intentional approach to holiday gift exchanges. Read this blog post for ideas on clutter-free holiday gifts.


Delegate and Share Responsibilities

Hosting holiday gatherings often means increased responsibilities. Rather than taking on the burden of holiday tasks alone, delegate to family members or enlist the help of friends. Shared responsibilities lighten the load and create a sense of shared commitment to maintaining a stress-free holiday season and clutter-free environment.


Embrace Daily Decluttering Moments

Weaving tidying and decluttering into your daily routine is essential during holiday preparations. Instead of viewing it as a monumental task, dedicate a few minutes each day to address any clutter "fires" that may have sparked up. This intentional and consistent approach helps prevent small messes from turning into overwhelming chaos, allowing you to maintain a sense of order during the holiday hustle.


Celebrate Small Wins

Recognize and celebrate the small wins along the way. Whether it's successfully resisting the temptation to impulse-buy during holiday sales or maintaining an organized space amidst the festivities, acknowledge your achievements. Celebrating these victories can boost motivation and reinforce the importance of your decluttering efforts.


Stay Mindful of Emotional Attachments

The holiday season often brings sentimental attachments to decorations, gifts, and family heirlooms. While it's essential to honor these sentiments, be mindful of the emotional clutter that can accumulate. Consider carefully curating your holiday decor, keeping items that hold significant meaning, and letting go of those that no longer contribute to the festive atmosphere.


Embrace Digital Decluttering

While physical decluttering is essential, remember your digital space. The holiday season often brings an influx of online purchases, digital greetings, and emails. Take time to declutter your digital life by organizing your inbox, cleaning up files, and unsubscribing from newsletters you no longer find useful. A clutter-free digital space can create a sense of calm amid the holiday chaos.


Maintaining a clutter-free home during the busy holiday season requires a strategic and mindful approach. Following some or all of the tips, you can navigate the holidays without backsliding on your decluttering efforts. Remember, the goal is not perfection but a balance that allows you to enjoy the festive season in a clutter-free and organized space.



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