It’s the most wonderful time of the year. I really do get stupidly excited and probably ten times worse than my kids. I work part time in retail and love working the festive season as people are generally so much happier or slightly pissed from works dos. The air is filled with people saying “Season Greetings” and “Merry Christmas” it’s just so lovely.
It’s also just before New Year and while most people dread January and February I love it. It’s full of new starts with a fresh clean new year. All sparkly and new waiting for you to make of it whatever you want. It’s also the best time to do a bit fo Christmas decluttering. Here’s how I plan to do it this year.
As you de-Christmas the house sort the decorations, lights and ornaments out before you put them away. So any broken pieces are thrown away instead of being packed away for another year. Any decorations that you don’t think you will use again and have plenty of life left in them can be saved in a crate and donated to your local charity shop. I know this is so overdue for my decorations, plus if I donate decorations this year I will have space and for a new colour scheme next year.
Actually, a good thing to do as you pack the decorations away is to take the time to pack the decorations away properly. I now it’s really tempting to just chuck them in a bag, I know as it’s what I normally do each year, but this year I am going to take the time to put them in crates and boxes so they don’t get damaged. They will also be more organised so that decorating the tree next year won’t feel like so much of a shore detangling tinsel and lights.
If you have little ones that got lots of toys from Santa consider getting rid of two old toys for every new toy they got. They will be preoccupied with their new toys so it will be easier to persuade them to get rid of older toys. Broken toys should be chucked of course, but anything that is still in good condition should be put your crate ready for your trip to the charity shop.
Did you get any presents that you just won’t use? Not your thing? Or just plain ‘not you’? Instead of pushing to the back of your wardrobe to stay hidden for months to come, consider adding to your charity crate or even selling on something like Ebay. The money you make from a few Ebay sales could go towards something you really want.