Wednesday, December 1, 2010

A Decluttering Advent Calendar

If your family is anything like mine, things get hectic in December. Life is busy with Christmas preparations and activities. Typically, this means that the housework tends to suffer, piles of clutter start to appear and the time to deal with it is minimal. It's the most wonderful time of year, but also ends up being the most cluttered time of year!

This year, I'm vowing to take one day at a time and tackle some of the Christmas clutter. It's not the time for herculean decluttering efforts. I won't be cleaning the garage or utility room, but I will be focusing on Christmas decorations, weeding out some everyday clutter that pops up in our living space and maintaining a tidy house (or at least not letting it get too far out of control).

Starting today, I'll be posting a daily decluttering activity for the next 24 days. It's the Cleaning Up the Clutter Advent Calendar. I'm wondering if Santa could use it. His house has to be a mess right now!

December 1
Sort Christmas Decorations

If you have already decorated, look critically at what’s left in storage. Why didn’t you use these decorations? Have you used these particular decorations in recent years? Why not? If you haven't decorated yet, take a few minutes to weed through the box (or boxes) of decorations. Throw away anything that’s broken. Throw away anything that you really don’t like. Don’t feel guilty about getting rid of decorations or ornaments that were gifts. If you don’t like them and don’t use them, they are just taking up space. Donate them if you don’t want to throw them away, but get them out of the house! Keep only the things you love!

Don't get too involved in this decluttering project. Remember to set a timer for no more than 15 minutes and only pull out what you can deal with in that time. There's so much to do this month, you don't want to get in over your head with decluttering.


  1. Wonderful idea. Good to do now, not in January. I am still finishing sewing a Christmas tree skirt for family.

  2. I've always wanted to make a tree skirt! Maybe next year. :) I bet your's will be beautiful!