Christmas is right around the corner. That means you need to get everything decluttered and organized at least a month before the little ones rip open those new toys. Have no fear, there are ways in which you can declutter and organize your kid’s stuff before Christmas, like a ninja!
I get so busy planning for Halloween and then Thanksgiving that the best time for me to start going through the kids’ stuff is October. Let’s not even talk about the madness that is the month of December. October is perfect. They are in school (when there isn’t a hurricane affecting us–unlike RIGHT NOW).
By this time of year, I need to bring out the big guns to get through their two rooms of junk. There is so much stuff to haul out that I wish I had John Cena here to haul out the old toys. I have to settle for Hefty’s Active Tear Resistant Technology and break resistant grip drawstring instead.
How to Declutter Your Kids’ Stuff before Christmas
Get a trash bag
I’m serious, grab a trash bag and start to throw unwanted items in there. You can be a good person and donate if you want, but if it’s trash to me, it’s probably trash to someone else. When my kids seen me with a trash bag, throwing stuff away, they know I’m serious.
Use two different colors. I prefer black Hefty bags for stuff to donate and white ones for trash. Go through and throw away stuff first.
Hefty Ultra Strong bags Arm & Hammer patented odor neutralizer. I chose the Lavender Vanilla Scent to ease my stress over throwing away stuff I spent too much money on last year. I have a hoarder gene that I fight against every second of the day. I also have a frugal gene that makes me want to download coupons like this awesome coupon for Hefty.
Declutter while they’re at school
Some parents struggle to declutter because their kids are watching their every move. No ninja does their best moves while people are watching. If you want to declutter, do it while they are at school. You can get so much more decluttering and organizing done when there are little ninjas looking over your shoulder.
If they see you head towards a garbage bag with one of their toys, it will immediately magically transform into their “most favorite toy ever.”
Stop buying junk
When it gets closer to Christmas, don’t buy junk. I stick to buying items that my kids will love and actually want to use. Buying junk only clutters up the house. Plus, why would I want to put myself through this every year? (Because I am a glutton for punishment.) Decluttering is no fun, so stop buying the junk that causes the clutter.
Set a timer
When it comes to decluttering and organizing your kid’s stuff before Christmas, you need to be quick. One of the only ways to be quick is to set a timer. Timers help you move quickly. Race against the clock to get things done. I don’t know about you, but this definitely helps me move quicker.
Get Started Somewhere
Finally, it’s so easy to get overwhelmed while organizing. It’s like you are being pulled in 5,000 directions. Honestly, you just need to pick a space in your home that needs declutter and start! They say that starting is always the hard part and I have to agree. Sometimes you just need that extra boost. Try drinking a cup of coffee or turning up some music really loud. Whatever gets your adrenaline pumping and gets the work done the fastest.
Keep in mind that when you are decluttering and organizing, you aren’t trying to get an A, you are trying to get it done. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Besides, unless you want your house looking like a clown puked toys all over the place, you need to get this place cleaned up before Christmas rolls around.