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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Day 2 - Holiday Decorations {Net Zero Decluttering Challenge}




Have you ever felt overwhelmed during the month of December with all the stuff that enters your home? The trick I've found helps me is to declutter throughout the month. Will you join me in the Net Zero Decluttering Challenge?

Each day this month I'll share some decluttering tips and ideas so you can end the month with the same number of items in your home (or maybe even less!) than what you started the month with.

Today I'm sharing tips on decluttering your holiday decorations.


Today's Suggested Decluttering Task


If you're anything like most people, you have lots of holiday decorations.  And many of them are favourites that you use year after year.  It's tradition!
But there are usually some decor items that aren't used anymore.  Here are a few examples:

  • Decorations that worked in a previous home but don't really work in your current home
  • Items from when your kids were younger
  • Things from your own childhood that you kept for all these years but that you don't display any more because you have accumulated new decorations
  • Decorations you no longer use because your tastes have changed
  • Duplicate items from a merging of households
  • Things that are faded, torn, worn, or broken

What usually happens is these items stay in your boxes or bins during the holidays and then when it's time to pack up all your holiday decor you just add what you used back into the boxes and bins with these things.  

But why are you storing decorations you no longer use?  If you didn't use it this year, then let it go!  

I've decluttered our Christmas decorations every year for the past few years... it's the only way I can keep our number of bins the same because we usually get a lot of new Christmas items every year.

Here are some of my other posts where I've shared what I've decluttered (and why), as well as more tips to help you declutter your holiday decorations:

Decluttering Before Christmas (includes a link with tips on what to do when a gift becomes clutter)
A Clutter-Free Holiday (includes a link from Peter Walsh about decluttering before Christmas)

Reading those posts should give you a good idea of items you can declutter in your home!



What's Next For You?


Take some time today to declutter your holiday decorations.  Or anything you'd like to declutter!  If you don't have your holiday decorations out yet, declutter something else that's overwhelming or frustrating you and come back to read these tips when you do get your decorations out!

Take some pictures and share your progress on social media using the hashtag #NetZeroClutter.  Let me know how you're doing in the challenge so I can cheer you on!

Sign up to receive my blog posts by email so you get each day's post in your email inbox every morning.  You can unsubscribe after the challenge is over if you don't want to continue receiving my blog posts by email.



I'd also love for you to join our 365 Items in 365 Days Facebook group as you do this challenge!  You'll be able to share with others what you're decluttering and feel encouraged and inspired by everyone else who is also decluttering!

If you'd like more decluttering ideas, you can check out my Decluttering/Purging Tips & Ideas board on Pinterest.



So that's today's post for the Net Zero Decluttering Challenge!  I'm so excited to do this myself and to have you join me.  I can't wait to hear all the stories of how much more you're enjoying your holidays because you're not overwhelmed by all the stuff in your home!

How many holiday decorations did you declutter?  What kinds of Christmas decorations did you let go of?


Happy organizing decluttering!



I link up at these great parties - Check them out!

Here are all the posts in this challenge in case you missed any or want to share some with your friends or family!





6 comments:

  1. I've put some serious thought into trying to create some decorations that can be used year round for this reason. It'd be neat to just swap out accessories for items, rather than swapping out huge items.

    In other news, I hate throwing broken stuff away!

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    1. That's a great idea Danielle! It means less work doing all the swapping and much less space to store the things you're not using!

      What makes throwing broken things away challenging for you?

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  2. I think with a college and high school student this is the year to let of go of the Christmas themed picture books! I'll be watching as the ornaments go on the tree which ones need to go, too.

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    1. Definitely a good time to let go of some of the younger kid type of stuff! Happy decluttering!

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  3. I am working on my closet today :/ It is awful!

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