The holidays are a ton of fun full of parties, events and days spent having a blast with friends and family members. They can also be a stressful time for many people who are balancing their full-time jobs and other obligations while still trying to get it all done and squeeze the most out of the holiday season. Having clutter and chaos around you only makes things worse, so I have vowed to get organized and take steps to reduce and avoid holiday clutter this year.
1. Do a “Fall Cleaning”
Most people think the best time to do a complete overhaul on their home organization is in the Spring, but cleaning out drawers, closets and emptying shelves of unneeded toys and other items can help you get ready for the upcoming holidays, making room for all the cards, presents and other clutter than inevitably comes pouring into your home and needs somewhere to go. Get organized and make room so you won’t be stressed with a mess laying around everywhere.
If you know that your business or work picks up during the holiday season, start delegating tasks now to make it easier on yourself and free up some time. I am a full-time blogger and also just started my own business with LuLaRoe. I know I have a lot on my plate going into the holidays, so I have hired some help and started to delegate some tasks that can be done by others.
3. Go Paperless
Now is a great time to start thinking about going paperless with your bank statements, bills and other things that can send mounds of unneeded paper piling into your home. Even cards are available in wireless form now. Maybe start a trend of sending wireless holiday cards that you can pin to a special Pinterest group board for friends and family to share. This is not only tech savvy, but cuts down on clutter in your home too.
4. Shred Away Holiday Clutter
You might not think a shredder could play that big of a roll in de-cluttering your life, but you would be wrong. The Fellowes 79Ci shredder is your solution for reducing all that pre and post holiday paper clutter. The 79Ci features a sleek design and the latest technology, to fit in seamlessly in your home or office.
It’s 100% Jam-proof eliminated paper jams, saving you time and frustration, it has an extended 20 minute run time for increased productivity and the cross-cut blades are heavy duty, able to handle 16 sheets of paper in a single pass. No worries with little fingers around either, their SafeSense® technology automatically stops shredding when hands are near the opening. The Fellowes 79Ci also features SilentShred technology, meaning you can silently run it day or night.
What do you do with all that holiday wrapping paper, Christmas cards, junk mail offers and extra paperwork you shred during the holidays? Easy, use it as compost, stuff trash bags and make snowmen decorations for the yard, or search out other creative ideas. Don’t forget to shred those hotel room keys you get during your holiday travel when you get back home. Did you know your personal information is incripted on those cards?