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Decluttering your home for Christmas – Even though we are a few months off Christmas, I think starting a declutter now will not only free up space if, like us, you have a small house/flat but it will get it done and out of the way well in advance of the festivities.
In this post, I’m going to cover decluttering methods and challenges and explain how I’m intending on sorting through our stuff!
Decluttering Methods and Challenges
I’ve not been on top of our clutter for some time now and we are starting to find it very difficult to stay organised and tidy because our cupboards and various areas of our house are bulging at the seams!
There are a couple of methods and a challenge that I’ve seen over and over again on my various social media feeds so I’m going to cover them first.
I’ve seen this one pop up on my various social media feeds the most over the last couple of years.
It was originally thought up by Joshua and Ryan from The Minimalists. The Mins Game lasts 30 days and can be done as a game with friends.
On the first day, you get rid of 1 item, the second day you get rid of 2 items, on the third, 3 items and so on and so forth. Each day you have to completely remove these items from your house, by either donating them, recycling them or binning them.
Anything can be included in the decluttering; clothes, furniture anything.
The game continues if you are competing with a friend until one of you doesn’t have enough items to get rid of in correspondence with that day. So if you get up to day 19 but don’t have enough items to get rid of, your friend wins if they do.
If you both reach day 30 you both win.
Again another very popular decluttering method that I see pop up on my feeds all the time.
This method was devised by Marie Kondo, who also wrote “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”.
The main point of this method is to decide what you want to keep, instead of deciding what you want to get rid off.
It suggests you gather everything you own in one particular category (such as all your books, or all your bags) then use every single item, asking yourself “does this *item* spark joy?” if not, you throw/donate it, if so you keep it.
It sounds interesting, however, a little too time-consuming for me, at this stage of my decluttering journey.
Four Box Method
I’ve never seen this method before but thought it sounded really interesting.
You label four boxes, Keep It/Put It Away, Donate It/Sell It, Store It and Throw It. Then you either tackle areas you know are prone to attracting clutter, sort through them, putting items into the correct box. Or you go through the house room by room, decluttering everything as you go.
Once you have filled a particular box you then deal with that box. So if the Throw It box gets full, go and throw everything away, then continue.
This method is ideal for building decluttering into your daily routine.
You just need to make sure the Keep It box and the Store It box don’t get too full too quickly. You need to remember we are decluttering for a reason, to make space and make cleaning a little bit easier.
My Decluttering Method
This is going to be my first official big declutter. I want to find the best method for my situation.
I like the idea of the Mins Game, a nice slow start to ease you into it.
However, I love the sound of the Four Box method, it seems to fit my needs and is also flexible because you’re putting items into a box you’re not making a further mess by having all your items strewn all over the floor.
Firstly, I’ll be decluttering the problem areas in the house, such as the kitchen drawer and a couple of storage boxes and cupboards. Then, moving into each room. Most rooms in the house are organised, its really just these hot spot areas of clutter that are the problem but I do like the idea of having a look at the whole house and see if anything can be decluttered to make a bit more space.
Please do join in if you’re up for it, I’m going to post my progress on Instagram to help me stay accountable. I think I’m going to aim for 2 big declutters throughout the year. One as Autumn starts and one in Spring. I just know that no matter how hard I try we will gather more clutter within 6 months!
Do you have a clear out for Christmas? Or do you manage to keep on top of your items as a given throughout the year? We always seem to at the very minimum have a drawer or a cupboard that is full of random bits and pieces, these are always the problem areas!