How to Declutter Your Home BEFORE the Holidays

With guests on the way, your home will be filled with more people which naturally means MORE things lingering in your home. Now is the time to declutter your space to decrease the mess, but most importantly, minimize your stress! Put your best foot forward this holiday season by following these quick tips that will give you complete peace of mind during the holidays.

Pick Up To Donate

Grabbing the garbage bag to start the process is commonly the hardest part but it is the most rewarding! This is your opportunity to get rid of anything you don’t use anymore or items your kids may have grown out of. When you’ve completed a clean sweep of your home, compile the various items, and donate them to your local charity. The act of decluttering your home could help someone else this holiday season!

Prioritize The Bathroom

If you look closely underneath the bathroom sink, in the medicine cabinet, or in the shower, you will most likely find old products that you will never use again. To help declutter your bathroom, go through the products you commonly use and dispose of the rest. Get crafty with storage space by adding shelves, drawer inserts, and functional bins to keep your bathroom in it’s tidiest condition. Remember that no material is completely 100% stain-proof so be diligent about wiping down countertops after use and during your decluttering process. 

Wipe Down Surfaces

Grab a cloth and wipe down countertops, shelves, entertainment centers, and anything found on those surfaces. To clean a quartz or granite countertop, use a mild, non-abrasive soap with a soft cloth and a dry microfiber cloth for wood surfaces. Look at it this way – if it’s not worth dusting off, then it’s not worth keeping! You will very quickly realize what you want to keep and what you don’t mind giving away.

Reevaluate Holiday Decorations

We commonly own a lot of holiday decor, but over the years, we tend to obtain more! By the New Year, everything is loaded back into bins and tucked away for months until the holiday season arrives again and the cycle continues. Take this time to look through all your holiday decor and toss anything you won’t use anymore. There’s no need to keep it if you won’t use it, and now you will have more storage space when it’s time to take down decorations. 

Check The Junk Drawers

We know it can be a scary thought, especially if you’ve been throwing random pens, plastic silverware, or fast food sauce packets in the junk drawer for over a year! Just think how much BETTER you will feel after it’s done. Additionally, review and toss items in other tucked-away places like the medicine cabinet or under the kitchen sink. By decluttering these spaces, you will be amazed at how much more room you really have. 

Organize the Pantry

With so much time preparing holiday meals in your kitchen, you will want a functional, decluttered space. Consider taking this time before the holiday season to rearrange and organize your pantry! Chances are you have canned goods that are expired anyway, so now is a great time to toss items, take count of what you have, and create a functional layout. Canisters and see-through storage bins are ideal to stray away from free-floating items on shelves. Once you become a rockstar in your pantry, try doing the same in your fridge and for your pots & pan storage.

We know it is a lot of work and odds are it won’t be done in one day, but if you tackle at least one project every few days, you will be ready for the holidays by the time your guests arrive. If decluttering has inspired you to tackle any home renovation projects, contact our Stone Squad at (941) 417-8947 so we can help get your home in the holiday spirit.