As we quickly approach the holidays, it may seem like your to-do list is growing longer by the day. The anticipation of family gatherings, Gordon Ramsay-level cooking frenzies, and finding and exchanging the perfect gifts is exciting, of course, but it can also be overwhelming.
But don’t fret! There is a secret to help ensure your holidays are stress-free. It all starts with decluttering and organizing your living spaces to ensure you can embrace the joys of the season while enjoying quality time with your loved ones.
If you’re unsure where to start, no worries!
Advanced Self Storage has a few tips for decluttering and organizing your home for the holidays:
1. Make a plan
Depending on your level of clutter, the thought of trying to attack it head-on may be more daunting than the act itself. Start by drawing out a plan that outlines each individual area of your home that needs attention.
Drawing up this blueprint will help you stay focused and efficient while providing a template to help you conquer everything on your list.
2. Tackle one area at a time
Once you have a plan in place, avoid the overwhelming feeling of having to take on everything at once. Instead, focus on one room or area at a time. If you’re so inclined, you can even make a checklist per room with steps of what and how you want to declutter and organize.
This approach will help you make steady, visible progress without feeling like you’re biting off more than you can chew.
3. Embrace the magic of minimalism
The holidays are the ideal time to reflect and embrace the beauty of minimalism. They are the perfect opportunity to catalogue and let go of items you no longer need or use, such as broken ornaments, old decorations, outdated technology, old toys and more.
Gather all these items and sort through those you’d like to donate, recycle, or sell to give them new life and purpose elsewhere. For those items with sentimental value that you can’t part with but don’t wish to keep year-round, consider separate storage solutions.
4. Be diligent with your decorations
When decorating for the holidays, there is a fine line between lived-in, homey décor and clutter. To avoid sensory overload, be selective about the decorations you choose to display and select those that bring joy and sentimentality while complimenting your year-round design.
That way, once the holidays have come and gone, you can spend less time taking everything down and place all ornaments and decorations back in well-organized containers to ensure they’re ready for next year.
5. Conquer the kitchen
The kitchen is the beating heart of holiday celebrations. After all, you know what they say: the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach!
As such, it’s crucial to keep this area organized to preserve your sanity while lessening the likelihood of a chaotic mess. Invest in organized storage solutions and utensil organizers to maximize space and make meal preparation and cleanup a breeze.
Speaking of kitchens, one of the most highly anticipated elements of the holiday season is the terrific treats it entails.
To learn more about how Advanced Self Storage can provide the best storage solutions for you and unlock your endless possibilities, visit advancedselfstorage.com.
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