Clutter-free Home and Calendar before the Holidays

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

I bet you read this title and wondered: is this even possible? Maybe. The truth is that we always choose how much clutter we welcome and release from our homes and schedules. 

How to Declutter your home before the holidays hit:

  • Use a decluttering method that works for you. There's no need do reinvent the wheel or to take on a major project at this time of year. Maybe deciding to take 1 bag of donations to your favorite charity is enough.
  • Place that donation bag in your car as soon as you finish with that part of the project. What you don't want is to create organized clutter in your home. Take the donation bag to the car and donate it as soon as you can.
  • Beware of bringing more clutter home. Know your problem areas. If you can't resist sales in a certain store, don't go there. Be content with what you have and constantly remind yourself that you don't need any more clutter.
  • Repeat steps 1 through 3 after the holidays. We all get clutter during the holiday season and decluttering is a process that needs to happen often. Just remember that you are in control and you have choices.

How to Declutter your Calendar before the holidays hit:
  • Remember: You make your schedule. No one forces you to manually write down 15 events in one weekend (slight exaggeration but you get my point). You are in control of your schedule. You are also in control of the type of answer to invitations. You have two options: yes or no. Use these options wisely and to your advantage.
  • You made your schedule last year so think about how exhausted you were for extra motivation. If your answer to "how are you?" during the holiday was "tired" or "crazy busy" followed by grunt, let those arousing feelings motivate you to include a lot more down time in your schedule. I know you don't want to disappoint folk. The truth is, a rested you is a better you.
  • You will make your schedule so include margin and down time in it. Stick with your resolution to declutter. Start with the end in mind. During the holidays, my goal is to attend X amount of events per week. Also, be brave and decide what is your main goal for the holidays. Is it to run around like a chicken with the head cut off (I've seen this in real life. Story for another day) or is it to enjoy family and friends? You can’t please everyone but you can please Christ by focusing on what's important.