I know you're probably thinking you can add another thing to your plate right now, but I want to share with you a few ways to incorporate a little organization and decluttering this month. Most of these are easy to integrate into your schedule because you are already accessing and using these items.
Holiday decorations – now is the perfect time to get rid of anything broken, unused, or unnecessary. All those extra ornaments, tinsel, gift bags etc. can be donated and leave you with less to manage. If they have sentimental value, consider gifting the item to family members or put them out where you can enjoy them.
Winter coats – any coats hanging in your closet that have been outgrown or just not worn any longer should be donated or sold to a consign shop. Everyone really only needs one or two good coats. By purging the excess, you will be making room in your closet for guest items and/or future purchases. Taking 10-20 extra minutes to do this will open up some space in your home.
Books and toys – donate books and toys that your kids have outgrown to the local library or charity. Books and toys are also great to pass on to friends or relatives that might enjoy them. Now is the time to make some room for all those new gifts that are going to be received this year.
Baking supplies – While you're doing all that holiday baking, be sure to take a look in your pantry and get rid of anything that's expired, or that you have not used in a while. If you have an appliance that you do not use often but still need, think about storing it elsewhere to clear space in your kitchen. Take a few minutes to do the same with your spices while the cookies are baking.
It does not take much extra time to declutter these things and it will take some of the stress out of the holiday season because it feels good to declutter.
Have you done any decluttering or organizing this month?