With the holidays coming I always feel the need to purge. Not even just kid’s toys (which is a HUGE issue for me) but everything! I think the combination of the holidays with gifts and January around the corner (all the fresh starts) purging is my joy. I feel like it’s tough to know what exactly you should purge and in my opinion, these are 5 things to purge before the holidays that will help you figure out what you do NOT need.
5 Things To Purge Before The Holidays
Toys your kids no longer play with: I try to do this a lot but it can be hard if your kids are around. My kids still think they want everything even if they forgot we had it. So while they are at school I try to pull things they no longer play with. We have a system though. I pull the items and put them in the garage or attic. If they don’t ask about them for a while we donate. I have found my kids respond better to fewer toys and clutter.
Little junky items: Crap from birthday parties, things you got in mailers, random stuff people gave you just stuff you’re never going to use or need that just takes up space. Throw it out.
Paper: I feel like everyone has this problem but if you have kids definitely. Fliers from school, things your kids have brought home that you aren’t going to keep, stuff in the mail you don’t need, etc.
Holiday decor you DO NOT USE: This was a big thing this year for me. We have collected A LOT of holiday decor the last 10 years and so much of it we don’t use anymore or just isn’t our style anymore. This year I actually threw a TON of it out. It was really nice to not have it taking up room anymore. Plus you can make room for things more your style.
Clothes you will never wear: This is also a big one. It really goes for everyone in your house. Andrew has gotten better recently about getting rid of clothes he is no longer wearing. I am really good about doing that with the kids and myself as well. Some stuff I will hang on to because it’s timeless or comes back around even if I am not currently wearing it but mostly if I haven’t worn something in a year I get rid of it.
I hope this helps you get to purging before the holidays. It always feels great after.