What You Need To Declutter Before The Holidays

 In this post, Jenn shares 5 areas of the house that are probably the most important areas to declutter before the holidays arrive.  She also shares how to create a game plan so you have time to do some decluttering.  Included is a free decluttering checklist to use.

Now the Halloween is over and the sugar rush is starting to subside, the holiday commercials are in full swing and the stores are ready for the holiday season.  However, before we become fully committed to the holiday season there are a few things that need to be taken care of.

One of those few things I'm talking about is decluttering...  Yes I know I'm talking about the dreaded decluttering.  I'm not trying to add salt to the wound.  

In this post, I'm going to be sharing 5 areas that are probably the most important areas to declutter in your home.  Not only will I be sharing with you these areas I'm also going to help you create a game plan so you can know where to start and find the time to do this.  I'm also including an amazing bonus for you that I'll share with you at the end of this post.

So before I start talking about what areas I feel are the most important I want to share why I feel that decluttering now is so important.  It's not like you need another thing on your plate, I know that.

The holiday season is probably one of the most stressful times of the year.  With dinners, parties, gift giving, families, decorating, and more it's no wonder why we always feel so overwhelmed.

Why now is the time to start decluttering?

In one simple word...Christmas.

There is so much that comes into the house during Christmas.  Gifts from Mom, Dad, Santa, Grandma, Grandpa, and, Great Aunt Julie are all adding to the clutter in the house at Christmas.  Not that this is a bad thing, it's just the facts.

You know the amazing mountain for wrapping paper that forms on Christmas morning comes all new clothes, toys, and gadgets that we need to find homes for.

Closets are already overflowing and toy boxes are at or over compacity.  This is why now is a good time to get ahead of yourself instead of having the new stuff and the old stuff mixed together making this job even more overwhelming.

Knowing where to start is the hardest part of getting going.  That is why I want to share 5 areas that I think will get you the biggest bang for your buck.

Kids clothing

The kids are constantly growing.  It's a safe bet to think that they're going to be getting more clothing during Christmas.  

Kids toys

Every Christmas there's the latest and greatest toy out there that the kids HAVE to have.  Plus you have stockings filled with nick-nacks and relatives giving gifts.  It's a good idea to get ahead of the mess before it really takes off.


I don't know about you but I get new kitchen gadgets each year.  Things break and the kitchen is probably one of the last places that we declutter.  

We think about the kids, the living room, and places like that but the kitchen accumulates clutter just like every other room.

Take a look at cups you've gathered throughout the year, plastic containers, and maybe items that you just don't use or that are broken.


When was the last time you went through your movies?  I know this was something I never did.  It wasn't until my kids were out of the toddler phase did I think to declutter the movie collection.

When my youngest no longer wanted to watch the same Little People Movie on repeat I was delighted to remove that from our collection.


Each year when you are pulling out the Christmas decorations how often do you find broken items or strings of lights that don't work?  This is the perfect opportunity to remove some decorations that don't work, are broken, or that you just don't like anymore.

Alright, so this might seem like a lot of work.  I'm sure you're thinking, "How this is going to be possible?"  Well, next I want to share how to make this possible.

You're right, there's no way you can tackle every room and declutter everything in that room.  There are not enough hours in the day for that.

The first step you'll want to take is to create a plan.  I know how hard it can be to decide on where to start.  Each of the areas seems important.

What I like to do is, write down the rooms that I'll be decluttering then assign stations to that room.

For instance, if you have kids rooms down as to be decluttered.  You'll want to break that up into manageable pieces like toy box one day, sock drawer another day, and so on.

The idea is to create a plan that won't overwhelm you or take too much of your time.

I like to break my decluttering sessions into 20-minute chunks.  The idea behind that is it's pretty easy to find 20 minutes in a day.  If you have a solid system in place you can see great results in that 20 minutes.  

I've written a few blog posts about this process and if you're interested in learning more you can read and watch how I do this below (opens in a new window).

Related: How I Declutter My Home 20-Minutes A Day

Now that you know why now is a good time to start decluttering before the rush of the holidays hit and the areas that will give you the "biggest results" it is time to set you up with the tools to make this happen.

You can download the free Declutter in 20 Checklist.  This checklist gives you the steps to take to create a decluttering session that only takes 20-minutes that will give you amazing results.

I share the steps I take inside this checklist.  All you need to do is click the button below to grab your Declutter in 20 Checklist.

If you'd like to take the next step in the decluttering process or make the decluttering process easier, then you'll definitely want to check out my Declutter in 20 eBook.  This eBook will guide you through the entire decluttering process.  There is also a room by room, step by step guide to help you conquer your clutter throughout your entire home.  Click the button below to learn more.

I really hope that this post has inspired you to start the decluttering process before there is too much to do.  I would love to know in the comments below, what areas will you be decluttering?  

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