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Declutter Your Way to a Calmer Christmas

The festive season is a busy time for many as schools and businesses prepare for the Christmas break, workloads and activities ramp up with parties, nativities and shopping all thrown into the mix. While much of the increased obligations bring cheer, they can also mount up and become stressful and overwhelming. 


A great way to gain mental clarity and calm is to declutter your home, this can make you feel more in control while preparing your space for guests and making room for incoming gifts. The physical act of cleaning will also release much-needed positive endorphins and dopamine to beat away winter blues.  

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Property experts Essential Living, have shared their tips on how to declutter your home in time for the Christmas celebrations.

A Christmas clearout should make things less stressful, not add to your never-ending to-do list. Before starting, think about the spaces that will benefit most from decluttering and focus your energy there; now is not the time to flip the whole house upside down. For most, the entrance, kitchen, dining areas and living room will be a priority as these areas will have the most traffic on Christmas day.  

  1. Tidy up your entrance space

Your entrance space, whether a room or hallway, is the first place guests will see when coming into your home. Ensure it’s in tip-top condition and fit for use by tidying away excess coats and shoes so that your guests have somewhere to put their belongings on arrival. 

​   2. Clear out the kitchen cabinets, fridge and sides

Kitchens get heavy usage on regular days, but on Christmas, they are put to the test with food preparation and a continual stream of dishes. To get your kitchen ready, you’ll want to make space for the Christmas feast prep, and the best place to start is the sides. 

Clear all non-essential items from your worktops, half-open bags of sugar, piles of letters and the amalgamation of ‘bits and bobs’ will need putting away, filing and throwing out to give you an organised surface. 

The next place that needs finetuning is the cutlery draw and dish cabinets. In many households, these are overflowing with unused items from sets past. If in good condition, donate these items to your local charity shop, but if they’re chipped or overused, it’s time to retire them. 

Finally, look at your food cupboards, fridge and freezer - ensure all the food is within date and prioritise eating what’s there before doing the big crimbo shop to ensure there’s space for your festive treats, anything past its sell-by date or looking past its best will need throwing out.

​   3. Decorate the dining room

Your dining area will be where everyone sits to enjoy their Christmas meal, so it’s vital that this space is welcoming and fully functional, ready to receive guests. Clear out any unnecessary furniture and remove any potential hazards that are lying around to avoid guests tripping. Don’t be afraid to clear out old ornaments or decorative items that no longer feel right in the space. If there are items you want to keep but put away for the festive season, store them until the new year. 

To bring the room together, try covering your table with a festive cloth. This is especially good for unifying tables put together to make more room. 

​   4. Prepare the living room 

Your living room will be the location for games and watching all the Christmas specials, so it needs to be a relaxing and clear space. 

Start by decluttering sides and coffee tables, creating room for nibbles to sit on and drink resting spots for guests. Look around the room, be brutally honest and sort items into keep, donate and chuck. While letting go of things may be hard it’ll create more space for you to enjoy, and you may even be able to make some extra pennies by selling some of your unwanted stuff online. 


Once you’ve tackled everything visible, you’ll need to take on the hidden spots, go through drawers, get under the sofa and lift up the cushions using the same keep, donate, chuck system to declutter.

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