Have Yourself a Merry, Clutter-Free Christmas

Christmas is around the corner and it’s one of the most awaited days of many people around the world. Children look forward to this special day and adults, too. The cool breeze, colorful lights, and festive ambiance are some of the things that make this day wonderful. A lot of family reunions also happen during Christmas. All the loved ones gather to celebrate it together.

Sure, Christmas is considered to be the happiest day of the year but will you still be excited to deal with the post celebration cleaning? I’m sure we all are aware of what we deal with during the holidays; gift-giving, Christmas decorations, and gatherings. All these activities should be fun but the amount of clutter after is terrifying!

The rubbish is unavoidable, almost impossible to prevent! But though trash is inevitable and you would not want to skip Christmas to avoid the big pile of clutter you are about to conquer, there are ways to at least lessen the chaos. There are different types of clutter you would encounter during the holidays but we will tackle a few of them which are commonly run into.

Wrapping Paper


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If you haven’t asked Santa yet, maybe tell him to give you a gift without a wrapping paper. Hold on! Before you start reacting negatively, hear this one out. We go by the tradition; gifts should be wrapped with a wrapping paper because mainly it adds an element of surprise. I could not agree more. But have you thought about how many trees are cut down just so you could open a surprise gift? We should go with the unconventional way of going paperless. While you happily gift someone, gift nature the act of being a responsible citizen of this world. This approach is very important as it helps save our trees and above all, you do not have to worry about the wrapper clutters. There are many ideas and inspirations you can find and make them as a reference in going paperless with your gifts.

But if you still want to push with the traditional way of giving gifts and do not want to deal with the clutter, get this: During opening of presents, make sure to get enough bin bags, cardboard boxes, or even your trash cans near the activity. While someone opens a gift, make sure to tell the person to put the wrapping paper in the bin at once. Or better, ask the kids to do the job! I am sure they will enjoy opening the gifts (even if it is not theirs) and make them put the paper in the trash. You can also recycle some wrapping paper that are still in good condition. This is also a part of the green agenda. It will help you save money in purchasing gift-wrappers for the next year.

Food


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What is Christmas without food? And it is easy to be very enthusiastic for Christmas in terms of stocking up. With all the supermarket sales and special offers, it is impossible not to get tempted to buy even if the items are not necessarily needed in your Christmas menu. And since we are amidst pandemic, you also have the choice to just shop online to avoid temptations! It is best to stick to a menu plan before going to the supermarket. List down all the stuff you will be needing for the menus and never go beyond the list! Remember that. Make it a mindset that you have a budget to follow as this also helps you deal with future clutter especially with the items that are irrelevant.

Make sure to know that the food you are catering will accommodate everyone you are expecting or you have invited. Say you are only planning to cook for six people, do not cook a dish for fifteen because you do not want to get too much leftovers and food waste. Try your best to estimate the amount of each dish for the number of people you are catering. It is estimated that around 27 million tons of food are thrown away in US alone. And at Christmas we eat more and waste more food. So much food clutter in a Christmas household, isn’t it?

Time

Remember that Christmas is one special day where you spend precious time with your loved ones. But Christmas is also a time when you are bustling with so much errands and other commitments. Think this, you get so preoccupied with decorating the house with Christmas decorations that you forgot to plan about the Christmas menu you are going to prepare. How about the gifts? You get so busy trying to keep up with the supermarket chores for your menu that you forgot to purchase all the gifts for the kids and you found out that they already ran out of stock! That can be too frustrating and somehow chaotic like the film Home Alone. This is when you get the time clutter. Time clutter has many forms. But their common cause is the lack of planning. You better plan ahead of time. In your available time, think of a thing that needs to be accomplished first before heading onto the next one. Make sure to allot enough time for each activity as you do not want to compromise the time you have for the succeeding tasks.

Decors


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It gets overwhelming when the Holiday season come about. Most people are excited about the decorations and some can get a little too far! Although Christmas decors are pleasing to the eyes with all those colorful lights and statement-making Christmas trees, the clutter they make can really be stressing at one point. It is mainly because of the space they take in every corner (mostly living room). You do not have to over decorate your home with bits and bobs. Make a minimalist approach when decorating. Less is more! You can find inspirations for Christmas decorations at home without needing to utilize a lot of items.

When the time comes that you already need to remove the decors, find large cardboard boxes where you can store all of it for the next year. If you feel like changing themes on the next Christmas, make use of this phrase: One thing in, one thing out. New items will just add up to the space provided for your old Christmas decors and you do not want to overcrowd your storage. So if you are planning for a new Christmas decoration idea, donate the old decors or better yet sell them.

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