“How do you de-clutter after the holidays?”
I’m excited about this post because personally I love to de-clutter! Here’s my “after the holidays” de-clutter routine:
1. Put away all of the Christmas decorations. If you still have all your Christmas decorations stored in old boxes this is the time of year to upgrade. Target always has their plastic bins on sale this time of year so go splurge and buy yourself a couple. I got 2 this year for under $15! (I always need more plastic bins). 🙂
2. Clean. Before getting all of your normal, Jan-Oct, decorations back out do a major clean. I take this opportunity to dust, vacuum, mop and wash everything. It always feels good to start the new year with a, literally, clean slate.
3. “Out with the old, in with the new.” Christmas is a time where we always get new stuff. So unless you get a bigger house every year, which I doubt is the case, then it’s time to get rid of a few things. Malea got tons of stuff for Christmas this year so I went through all of her toys and boxed up the things she doesn’t play with as much. Our kids are growing and changing every year and some toys are very age specific. If your child isn’t playing with a toy anymore what’s the purpose in keeping it around, especially if it’s just making your house more messy! Same goes for you mommy. Did you get 3 new sweaters for Christmas? If so you might want to consider getting rid of that one sweater you hardly ever wear but are still holding onto for some reason. Make space in your closet for your new clothes, they deserve to be loved too.
4. Start a garage sale box.
Take all the stuff you just pulled out of your closets, toy boxes, etc. and start a garage sale box. It’s a little too cold/rainy for a garage sale in January so keep the box in the garage and add to it for a couple months. I started my box this year and every time I open a closet I feel like I find something to add to it!
5. Make some money!
When March/April rolls around pull out your garage sale box and make some moola! After all “one person’s junk is another person’s treasure.” 🙂