As much of the country moves to the new tiered lockdown system and children get sent home from school to self-isolate on a regular basis, it’s clear that we are going to be spending a lot more time at home this winter!
Clutter and disorganisation can lead to mental unrest and a foggy brain – not great if you are hell bent on staying sane, fit and healthy during the next joyful phase of 2020.
Chances are, you’ll have noticed the decluttering trend in the media over the last few years, but if you’re anything like the majority of mums in the UK, there will still be areas of your home that could do with a little help.
A tidy, decluttered home can help you focus and keep your wellbeing on track, so grab a few bin bags and grab a seat on the decluttering juggernaut!
Here are six tips to get your home ship-shape in time for Christmas…
Get some inspiration…
There are loads of books and podcasts if you need a bit of decluttering inspo, but if you want to learn from the best, then look no further than the queen of organisation, Marie Kondo.
Her book, the Lifechanging Magic of Tidying Up, has sold millions of copies and has resulted in a hit Netflix series based on the incredible KonMarie method, which aims to create peace and calm by only keeping items which “spark joy”.
It’s a real classic, and worth a read to get you into the zone before you embark on your Declutter for Christmas mission.
Make a plan and stick to it…
Above all, make a plan and stick to it. Whether or not you decide to stick to the KonMarie method of decluttering by category, or do it room by room, set out a weekly plan and add it to your diary and calendar.
If, by Christmas, you intend on having a decluttered organised home (probably ready for the influx of cards, chintz and presents that the festive season brings), then you will need to plan the decluttering sessions into your life.
Make a vision board full of serene, calm images, or pictures of homes, rooms or storage solutions that inspire you. This will help get your brain focused and your mindset cemented.
Don’t forget your clothes
Ah clothes – we love them, we just have so many of them! Some are full of memories, plenty don’t fit us anymore and no doubt a few garments will be fit for the bin. Set aside a big chunk of time to go through your own clothes and any children’s clothes you may have, and make several piles.
If anything is truly beyond repair, do a bit of digging to find out if one of your local charity shops accepts bags of damaged clothes for recycling, or find a textiles recycling bank near you. Anything to avoid landfill.
With the rest, give them away to charity, friends or family or sell them – no doubt they will spark joy for someone else.
Create storage solutions
If you have a floor-drobe or piles of other bits without a home, get creative with your storage solutions. Pinterest is a great place for inspiration, so type in home organisation solutions and see what you can find.
Shoe racks, clothes hangers, fold out baskets for toys, baskets or shelves for your cupboards – grabbing a few bits to organise your home will work wonders for your mental clarity.
Streamline Christmas presents
This year, make a conscious effort to avoid the Christmas toy clutter by drawing up a very strict list of presents for the kids so you have some inspiration for relatives. This will avoid the endless stream of plastic tat that may get bought for the kids by well-meaning friends and family members who weren’t sure what to purchase.
Additionally, if you do get any unwanted gifts, spirit them away to the bedroom to avoid accidental use, and take them back to the shops to swap them for things you really need. If that’s not possible, consider selling them on eBay. Anything to avoid cupboards full of bits and bobs that never get used.
…and be wary of the January sales!
If you’re a sucker for a sale, you are not alone, but this year try to shop with purpose and your decluttering mindset rather than buying new bits just because they’re cheap.
That way you can take your tidy, decluttered home and mind into 2021, and get set up for a successful year.
What are your tips for a clear home and clear mind?