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Simple Tips for Decluttering Your Home for the Holidays

Updated: Mar 20

With the holiday just around the corner, now is the perfect time to declutter your space for a fresh start before the new year. Not only will this help you create more space and order in your living area, but it will allow you to enjoy a stress-free and clutter-free holiday season.


Decluttering isn't for the faint of heart. It involves removing any unnecessary items and organizing your living space, allowing you to maximize the space available. In this blog post, we're going to look at some of the best ways to declutter in time for the holidays

1. START SMALL

The best way to start decluttering is to think small – Begin by making a list of the areas you'd like to declutter and focus on one room, one cabinet, one storage bin, or even one shelf at a time. This will help you avoid feeling overwhelmed, provide a sense of accomplishment, and allow you to fully enjoy the holiday season without worrying about mess and clutter.


2. INVEST IN STORAGE SOLUTIONS

Consider investing in storage solutions such as hooks, shelves, baskets, and storage bins to keep clutter at bay. LABEL EVERYTHING! Labeling is key to order and easily finding items that you may only use once a year.


3. FOLLOW THE "ONE IN, ONE OUT" RULE

For every new item you bring into your home during the holidays, get rid of one old item to create more space and prevent clutter from piling up.


4. DONATE AND RECYCLE UNUSED ITEMS

Sort through your clothes, books, toys, and other items, and donate unwanted or unused items to charity. Items that cannot be donated should be recycled in a responsible way.


5. TACKLE THE KITCHEN

Clear out your kitchen cabinets and pantry of expired foods, donate unused or duplicate utensils, and simplify your kitchen appliances to make holiday cooking easier. Recycle and properly dispose of any unwanted small or large appliances; Rapid Junk Removal can help.


6. CREATE A MAILING STATION

Create a designated area near your front door for all incoming mail, packages, and other deliveries to prevent them from cluttering the rest of your home. And don't forget about items you want to return! The holidays bring a ton of mail-based returns; keep them in one location and do your returns immediately. Stay on top of those, and don't wait.


7. DECLUTTER YOUR HOLIDAY DECORATIONS

If you're like most, you have decorations from years past, including old family ones. The problem is you haven't used them since 2009, and they're taking up valuable space in your attic or basement. A good rule of thumb is if you haven't used a particular holiday decoration in more than 3 years, you should get rid of it. If you find holiday décor piling up, give the crew at Rapid Junk Removal a call for fast junk removal or donation.


8. CHECK HOLIDAY LIGHTS AND RECYCLE

Holiday lights can be a nightmare. Make sure to check them before you store them to ensure they are working. Any light strands that need to be replaced, do so immediately so you don't forget for next year, or make a note in your calendar for early November: "Buy new lights for…" For those broken lights, make sure to recycle them responsibly. Rapid Junk Removal can help.


9. SET A DEADLINE

Give yourself a deadline to complete your decluttering projects before the holiday season begins.


10. MAKE DECLUTTERING A HABIT

Decluttering isn't a one-time event. It's a continuous process. To stay clutter-free, make it a habit to go through your items regularly and discard what you're no longer using. Use your calendar and "schedule" a bin, box, closet, cabinet, or room to be decluttered each week.


By decluttering your home, you can create a more inviting, organized, and stress-free space for the upcoming holiday season and start the new year fresh! Taking these simple steps will reap big rewards and make your holiday season much more enjoyable and memorable.


And don't forget to call your local hometown team at Rapid Junk Removal when it's time to get rid of your declutter pile. We'll help responsibly donate, recycle, and dispose of unwanted items like furniture, small and large appliances, electronics, and more.

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