Declutter Your Home for the Holidays

Guest Article by Cathy Bates

Are you dreading hearing your mother-in-law complain yet again about how you keep your house?  Do you fear your friends seeing your clutter as the party you are hosting?  If you spend just a few hours a week purging and you can have your home clutter-free by the holidays.  This is not thorough organization, but just a quick declutter.  Purposeful organization can take place when you have more time in January.

Week One—Go through your kitchen cabinets, getting rid of dishes, bakeware, appliances and utensils you no longer use.  Having less in your cabinets will make it easier to find what you are looking for and enjoy your holiday cooking more.  Also go through bathroom cabinets, getting rid of medicines that are out of date and products that didn’t work for you.

Week Two—Hit the living areas of your home donating decorations that no longer inspire you, books you will never read again, furniture that isn’t functional, and toys children no longer play with.  Children especially love being involved in going through their toys and are motivated this time of year to donate to children that are less fortunate and make room for those new toys Santa will bring.

Week Three— Tackle dressers and closets in the bedrooms.  Donate any clothes that no longer fit or clothes that don’t make you feel your best.  If you find you have more t-shirts than can fit into your t-shirt drawer, go through and pick out your favorites and donate the rest.  When you are done, you will be able to clearly see what you have to wear and possibly uncover some outfits you can wear to holiday get-togethers.

Week Four—Take all of your donations to charity or have them picked up.  Enjoy the holidays and the fact that you helped those less fortunate, freed up space in your home, and got a great tax deduction to boot!  You can go into the new year with the hardest part of organization behind you.

There’s no wrong way to purge, just start tossing.  If you feel you need a little assistance, Practical Solutions is offering a 10% discount on all organizing services during the month of December.  Contact them by calling (909)810-3719 or emailing  Visit their website at for more information.

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Cathy Bates is owner of Practical Solutions Professional Organizing and a Golden Circle Member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO).  To contact her go to

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