Out with the old and in with the new, meh.
So you’ve got that festive feeling, but you know the whole house needs a good pre-Christmas day de-clutter and clean before a single strand of tinsel even sees the light of day. Well, you might just find this list of all the items you can ditch before Christmas day (without feeling guilty) handy.
My home used to be FULL of stuff, I mean totally overflowing. I have moved several times in the last few years; Mainly because there was nowhere to put all of our stuff, can you believe it?!. The houses just never felt big enough, and we never had enough storage space.
More recently, however, I have been getting stuck in when it comes to reducing the amount of stuff each of us owns. I have come to realise it’s much less stressful being content with what you have rather than frustrated at what you don’t.
However, Christmas, for most households, is the time of year when we have an inordinate influx of “new stuff” all at once. And with all that “new stuff ” then comes the challenge of finding said “stuff” somewhere to live.
*sighs deeply. Too much STUUUUUFF.
So what is the solution? Get rid of it! Get shut of all of the stuff you have been collecting, just get it out.
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Pre-Christmas day de-clutter
A quick note before we get started folks. I know its easy just to chuck it all in the bin, I get it we’re in a rush. However, remember there are many less fortunate than ourselves, so I do encourage you to DONATE, DONATE, DONATE…
The charity retail association can help you find local charity shops who will much appreciate your good quality items this time of year. Just head on over to the site and pop in your postcode to find a local drop off points.
Ouhh and last but not least, be sure to recycle when you cant too. Find out what you can and can’t recycle right here.
On to the list
Kids don’t need half as much as we think they do. Now is a perfect opportunity to sort through everything they have. If it’s broken, bin it. If it hasn’t seen the light of day since December 26th last year donate it. Be ruthless; the situation is about to get worse!
Be honest, how many of us have the kids very first books lurking at the back of the shelf? I know I do. I love books, and I tend to hang on to them. However, many of them haven’t been touched for years.
Book hoarders anonymous anybody?
Yep, winter is the best time to give your summer clothing a good sort through. I mean what were you thinking anyway? There’s no way you’d be seen dead in half that lot day to day!
And, those super skinny jeans that fit you when you were 22; Move on its never going to happen, BELIEVE ME, I KNOW! **sob
Stinky smellies and skin care
You know what I’m talking about. The ones you slather on your skin when you remember now and then, occasionally, probably never. That body moisturiser that smells more like cardboard these days rather than “white crocus rainfall”, What even is that fragrance anyway?
Bin it all.
Have you ever wondered what the little pot symbol on the bottom of your skin care product means? It’s shelf life; In months! Go on, check it out now. Does your five-year-old eye cream have a number 12 or 24?!
Kitchen electricals & Crockery
I once owned FIVE different types of coffee-making device. Yes, I need coffee but probably not five different ways to make the same drink.
Take a look inside those drawers that you have to “ram” shut, which you hope never to open again. If you haven’t used an item within the past three months it’s unlikely you will need it in the next three.
If it works, sell it to raise some extra Christmas cash or donate it.
Old Christmas decorations
The most neglected of our belongings when it comes to de-cluttering. To be fair, they are only a problem to us four weeks a year.
Test any superfluous fairy lights If they’ve had it, you can recycle them at a household recycling centre along with any other electrical item. Sort through decorations a bin any broken pieces and donate anything unwanted.
TAKE IT TO YOUR LOCAL FOOD BANK
Clear out the kitchen cupboards
Those tins of sliced peach and two bags of bread flour lurking at the back of the cupboard, providing they’re in date take them along to your local food bank.
Food banks distribute food to families in need directly in the UK, not just at Christmas but all year round. Donations are absolutely vital for charities to continue to supply those in crisis with emergency supplies.
Did you know? Most food banks accept, and desperately need non-food items as well, things like sanitary and hygiene products are also essential.
Most major supermarkets have collection boxes inside the store so it couldn’t be simpler. Even if you have nothing spare at home, why not add an extra tin, packet or hygiene product to your shopping list next time?
Don’t delay do it today!
It may seem like ANOTHER job to add to your already loooooong list of things to do. Trust me though, you will thank yourself later if you get this done now.
Head into to the New Year with a clean slate and some clarity. Clearing out clutter now will free up space not only in your home but your mind as well.
And who knows, by donating items you no longer need or want, you may also, indirectly, give somebody else the possibility to experience a wonderful Christmas too.