Declutter and Destress for the Holidays

Declutter and Destress for the Holidays

This holiday season, we know you have a lot on your mind. You may be worried about:

  • Not burning the turkey in the oven

  • Feeding everyone in your family something they enjoy

  • Putting up the tree in time

  • Getting the outdoor lights up in time

  • Tirelessly struggling with the seating arrangement

But like Santa, you still have to get things done despite the stress. With family coming and going at all hours of the day, decluttering your home may seem like a “Wait ‘til next year” promise. All the gifts, decorations and winter clothes fill up a room faster than you can say, “Ho, ho, ho!”

With a few simple decluttering measures before the season begins, though, you ensure smooth sailing from Thanksgiving all the way through the New Year. And if it still seems like too much to consider, call in the experts at Art of Downsizing (828-772-5959) for help decluttering your home around the holidays.

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Don’t Deck the Halls

It can be so tempting to fill your home with the knickknacks of the holidays — and there’s nothing wrong with that! But when you’re trying to make room for the bevy of new gifts and gadgets you’re going to receive, showing some restraint by decluttering your home just might prove to be the cure for clutter this holiday season.

Sure, a tree is always one of those must-have items of holiday cheer. Concentrate the majority of your holiday spirit on and around the tree, leaving the other space-hogging decorations in storage — or better yet, donate them to a worthy organization so that some other families can find joy in the season.

Focus your attention on the decorations you can hang or wrap around something, as those don’t take up as much space. Mistletoe and garland, for example, add some holiday flare to your home without messing with space you actually walk through.

The Giving Spirit

One of the key elements of decluttering your home — and the true meaning of the holidays — is donating things to those in need. Along with your annual donations to those bell-ringing Santas, we recommend you donate the winter clothes you don’t wear anymore to a homeless shelter so the less fortunate can have the basic necessities of warmth we often take for granted.

Decluttering your home doesn’t always have to be a burdensome process. If you go in thinking that each item you get rid of is going to benefit someone who needs it, the whole ordeal becomes as uplifting as the holidays themselves. It may become a new family tradition that you look forward to during the holiday season! And it doesn’t hurt to add another tax deduction at the end of the year.

Get Your Own Elves

Even Santa would be lost without his elves doing the work for him. If you’re in a bind this holiday season, don’t hesitate to call in some reinforcements when decluttering your home. Armed with an arsenal of home organizing tips, we can do the majority of the work while you focus on what’s important: spending time with loved ones.

While we may not don striped tights and jingle bell hats, you can always count on Art of Downsizing to be as efficient as an elf on Christmas Eve. With a completely personalized experience that’s based on what you need, you can enjoy some gingerbread and tea while we do the packing. When we can reduce or eliminate your holiday stress, that’s a job well done for our team!

Michelle Munson

Art of Downsizing, 1465 Sand Hill Road, Candler, NC, 28715