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The great, big Christmas declutter

It’s true, the Christmas countdown is on! If you haven’t already started, now is the time to get down to it and prepare your home for the festive season. Let’s be honest, as soon as advent hits, we don’t want to be cleaning, clearing and decluttering. We’d much rather deck the halls and dress the house in beautiful, sparkling adornments, ready for the merry chaos of Christmas.

Whether or not you intend on inviting family and friends to the house for parties or dinner, the man in red is sure to make an appearance. And we all know that Father Christmas brings a whole load of stuff you just haven’t got the room for. By prepping your home before December, whatever surprises Santa has in store, you’ll know where it can be kept before and after Christmas day.

The great, big Christmas declutter | Before you start

Before you throw yourself into the deep end, make sure you’ve got the family on board. While you’re tackling the tough stuff, asking children and teens to help around the house is a great way to keep on top of things.  These recycling bins with colour-coded lids are perfect for separating waste and recycling – providing a way for kids of all ages to contribute. Adding recycling stickers helps to ensure that the right items end up in the correct bin.  Other overlooked bits and bobs include making the beds, pairing socks, washing pots. It’s about time, isn’t it?

But where to start with the great, big Christmas declutter?

Go from top to bottom, that typically does the trick. Get yourself up into the loft. Go through the Christmas decorations. Keep your faves and donate any golden oldies that don’t feel so festive nowadays. Dust everything off, and make a list of anything you need to add to your collection. While you’re up there, make the switch from summer to winter duvets.

Don’t forget the little details

As you’re cleaning and disinfecting the house, don’t forget to skim the skirting boards and door frames too! It’s easy to miss them. Steam mop hard floors, clean the carpets to freshen them up. In playrooms and children’s bedrooms, give the walls a good wash down. Those rooms have seen some seriously sticky hands, slime, muck, and gunk.

Charity, Sell or Dump?

Throw away any broken toys, while making a pile of any unwanted, older ones. Either take them to your local children’s hospital or donate to charity. They will make some children out there really happy this Christmas! Give teddies a bubble bath, in warm water and washing liquid, and as they dry off, rearrange the space so there’s room for any new arrivals.

Storage, storage storage

As you make your way into the kitchen, try to do the same. Clean the cupboards, buy storage to keep items organised. It’s great for categorising loose food items and packets, too. It’s always annoying when they’re falling about the place. Give appliances a good scrub, ready for the Christmas abuse! Don’t forget to throw out any BBE 1999 tin cans and spices. That is unless you’ve become rather fond of them over the last 20 years.

More ways to prepare your home for Christmas

And when all that’s done and dusted – quite literally – kick back, relax, and enjoy some online Christmas shopping with a cup of something mulled.

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123 Comments

  • Reply Margaret GALLAGHER

    I’m always decluttering but don’t seem to get too far

    29th October 2018 at 12:52 PM
  • Reply Jade Hewlett

    I try to declutter before Christmas and try to focus on the bedroom, living room and kitchen as they are the most used rooms. The best decluttering is after all the Christmas presents are given out though as then there seems to be so much more space (until the next Christmas comes around!)

    29th October 2018 at 2:11 PM
  • Reply Ritchie

    I try to declutter the kitchen

    29th October 2018 at 10:51 PM
  • Reply Susan Bennett

    I would love these to recycle everything, every 6 months I de clutter my wardrobe

    29th October 2018 at 11:07 PM
  • Reply coleen douglas

    such a good idea to say organised!

    29th October 2018 at 11:29 PM
  • Reply Sinead ORourke

    My spare room/storage room. Every few months I go in and give stuff away if I didnt use it

    29th October 2018 at 11:36 PM
  • Reply Carrie H

    Yes, always do a pre-Christmas de-clutter. I’ve started alteady with the “room of doom”, aka the guest room where everything has been dumped over the last few months. It’s tiny, so was hard even getting from one side to the other!

    30th October 2018 at 12:15 AM
  • Reply Becky Yeomans

    Yes I try to do the whole house to make room for new things!

    30th October 2018 at 5:51 AM
  • Reply Helen Best

    I try to decluter my kitchen often expeciall precooked meals containers they easily mount up on the cupboards

    30th October 2018 at 6:17 AM
  • Reply Jo McPherson

    I always declutter my freezer and I try to do the kitchen cupboards and living room

    30th October 2018 at 6:38 AM
  • Reply Margaret Clarkson

    I usually have a de-clutter, cncentrating on the kitchen, so there is plenty of space for festive foods.

    30th October 2018 at 6:40 AM
  • Reply Sue Bowden

    I always give a good clean and declutter around the second week in December, because after that all hell lets loose with school plays, last minute Christmas gifts and food shopping, by the end of year it’s needs doing again.

    30th October 2018 at 6:41 AM
  • Reply Sue McCarthy

    I’m on my own so don’t need to tidy up for Xmas as I don’t get any visitors or bother with decorations or tree. I just sort things out once in a while.

    30th October 2018 at 7:00 AM
  • Reply Alice Dixon

    Yes I make sure the living room is clean and tidy before we put decorations up and I de clutter the kids toys and bedroom

    30th October 2018 at 7:02 AM
  • Reply ValB

    I like to give the kitchen and living room a good clean and sort out in the autumn so its usually fine for Christmas. Doing it early takes some of the pressure off over the festive period

    30th October 2018 at 7:19 AM
  • Reply Tracy Nixon

    Yes! I declutter everywhere- kitchen cupboards, freezer, clothes and toys!

    30th October 2018 at 7:30 AM
  • Reply Emma Nixon

    I usually start with the kitchen. Ideal time to tidy up the cupboards.

    30th October 2018 at 8:21 AM
  • Reply Mary Lucking

    I do not declutter and if possible don’t put Christmas decorations either then I don’t have to take them down. Result

    30th October 2018 at 8:30 AM
  • Reply EMMA WALTERS

    i have had a good clear out of toys/clothes that all go to a local women’s refuge

    30th October 2018 at 9:10 AM
  • Reply iain maciver

    the kitchen ,clothes etc

    30th October 2018 at 9:48 AM
  • Reply Ruth Bugg

    I am trying to declutter especially toys, books, childrens clothes etc and make the spare room into a play room rather than a junk room!

    30th October 2018 at 10:06 AM
  • Reply nicola dean

    I declutter the kids toys to make room for new ones.

    30th October 2018 at 10:26 AM
  • Reply Katie b

    We’re moving house so definitely decluttering. Packing stuff we want and getting rid of the rest!

    30th October 2018 at 10:59 AM
  • Reply Angela treadway

    yeah i take a load of toys down to our local school so they can make use of it x

    30th October 2018 at 11:57 AM
  • Reply DUNCAN BROWN

    These would be really handy for our kitchen

    30th October 2018 at 12:11 PM
  • Reply Alica

    I think I declutter every week! It seems never ending! lol

    30th October 2018 at 1:11 PM
  • Reply Jo Carroll

    De-cluttering is a daily battle for me..sometimes I worry I just might get swamped if I don’t do a little at a time…trouble is my partner tends to bring back in everything I throw out 😉

    30th October 2018 at 1:31 PM
  • Reply Rose B

    I get spurts through the year to declutter. Somedays the mood just takes me!

    30th October 2018 at 2:37 PM
  • Reply Jackie Howell

    Blitz the whole house every six months or so, always starting with the kitchen!

    30th October 2018 at 2:43 PM
  • Reply Lorraine Langham

    I am constantly decluttering but the clutter appears to go no-where! The childrens’ rooms are the worst, they never seem to be cleared.

    30th October 2018 at 2:53 PM
  • Reply Laura Milton

    I always declutter before xmas I focus mainly on the children’s stuff so we go through their toys and wardrobe and bag it up for charity. It also gives me a chance to put toys together in the correct boxes haha!

    30th October 2018 at 3:10 PM
  • Reply Jane Willis

    No, New year’s Resolution time is when I start to declutter although I seldom get very far.

    30th October 2018 at 3:33 PM
  • Reply Jean Cassell

    I do have a general tidy up in time for Christmas, mainly the kitchen.

    30th October 2018 at 3:55 PM
  • Reply Isabel O

    I don’t usually no, usually I end up having to do it after! I suppose doing it before would make things easier but that would be sensible and I’m not blessed with an abundance of sense.

    30th October 2018 at 4:24 PM
  • Reply Sarah Russell

    Definitely! l mostly focus on the livingroom and kitchen which will be having decorations up and of course kitchen will be super full over Christmas, then another de clutter after Christmas!.

    30th October 2018 at 5:47 PM
  • Reply kelly wheelhouse

    I tend to declutter the living room. This year we moved house so we have 2 living rooms- the one we call the ‘front room’ is for storing stuff but we are thinking of having the tree in there so we desperately need to declutter the whole room lol

    30th October 2018 at 6:18 PM
  • Reply Veronica Ambler

    I have a regular de-clutter routine, and I recycle almost religiously 😉 I really could use a set of those bins! 😀

    30th October 2018 at 6:22 PM
  • Reply Laura Banks

    i usually do it after xmas

    30th October 2018 at 6:47 PM
  • Reply Christina Palmer

    I try to de clutter but as quick as I get rid of stuff so I find something to fill in the gap

    30th October 2018 at 7:34 PM
  • Reply Martina Pichova

    I try to pass on some of the children’s toys to make space for new ones.

    30th October 2018 at 8:26 PM
  • Reply Laura Pritchard

    Yes, I try to declutter & sort the toys ready for the next wave! Last time I had 10 bags for charity!

    30th October 2018 at 9:17 PM
  • Reply pete c

    dont bother decluttering any of the rooms, the mess might last a few days but thats all

    30th October 2018 at 9:35 PM
  • Reply JANE KIRK

    Try to declutter the whole house if possible.

    30th October 2018 at 10:17 PM
  • Reply LISA EVERAERT

    I always declutter before christmas. Primarily i focus on the dining area and my 2 x boys rooms as thats where it needs it the most.

    30th October 2018 at 10:47 PM
  • Reply Amy Bondoc

    i always have a huge de clutter and there isnt a room in the house tht escapes 😉

    31st October 2018 at 5:04 AM
  • Reply Ruth Harwood

    Gosh, no ,I leave my clutter where it is, it’s mostly my to-read pile, if I’m honest, there’s not much else taking up space in my home lol!!

    31st October 2018 at 8:50 AM
  • Reply Claire Nutman

    I must admit, i keep the kitchen very tidy, so im a bit of a goody goody….many thanks

    31st October 2018 at 1:38 PM
  • Reply Chloe Davies

    Not usually…l but I think I’m going to need a declutter of my little girls toys before this Christmas!

    31st October 2018 at 2:37 PM
  • Reply Peter Watson

    We cleared the shed out and had a huge pile of unwanted stuff on the back lawn for a while.

    31st October 2018 at 4:32 PM
  • Reply ADEINNE TONNER

    I do declutter before Christmas especially in the bathrooms, kitchen and bedrooms

    31st October 2018 at 5:52 PM
  • Reply Tracy Newton

    I declutter the entire house before Christmas. I tend to give lots of things to school fairs, Beavers fundraisers etc

    31st October 2018 at 8:19 PM
  • Reply Justine Meyer

    I love decluttering I did the dining room today. I would love to get in my daughters room with the bin bags because she lives in a total mess

    31st October 2018 at 10:32 PM
  • Reply Solange

    I do declutter in time for Christmas. I tend to focus on the kitchen and bedrooms.

    1st November 2018 at 1:44 AM
  • Reply Rich Tyler

    Under the bed / in the loft!

    1st November 2018 at 1:02 PM
  • Reply Lisa Parker

    Usually in the Living room and in the cupboard where I keep the Christmas tree when it isn’t in use x

    1st November 2018 at 9:32 PM
  • Reply Martha Chisholm

    Mainly the kitchen although I do try to get to my other cupboard space around the house.

    2nd November 2018 at 12:11 PM
  • Reply Kelly Hirst

    I always have a declutter before Christmas, mainly sorting through the draws with various forgotten junk

    2nd November 2018 at 9:35 PM
  • Reply Rebecca Nisbet

    We always declutter my daughters room, and make a deal with her that it is make room for all her Christmas presents.

    2nd November 2018 at 10:44 PM
  • Reply Rachel Butterworth

    I try to declutter in the run up to Christmas. I focus on clothes.

    2nd November 2018 at 11:19 PM
  • Reply Helen Stratton

    We do – the living room as we will all be in it and the kids bedrooms to make way for new stuff.

    3rd November 2018 at 11:23 AM
  • Reply Rebecca Cusick

    The kitchen cupboards, wardrobes & kids bedrooms get decluttered before Christmas!

    3rd November 2018 at 7:42 PM
  • Reply cheryl hadfield

    I try and declutter as much as possible in the run upto christmas

    3rd November 2018 at 10:49 PM
  • Reply Lorna Ledger

    We do under the stairs, the attic, and the airing cupboard 🙂

    4th November 2018 at 11:06 AM
  • Reply Patricia Bowley

    I always start with the kitchen. Just taken everything out of my freezer, quick wipe down and then put things back in an orderly fashion. Now I know what I have and what I need to get. I do the same with my fridge and cupboards.

    4th November 2018 at 2:25 PM
  • Reply kiya johnson

    We focus on our spare room because thats where we store the presents

    4th November 2018 at 3:29 PM
  • Reply Sarah Mcvicar

    I always de-clutter, usually the kids toys which I give to charity

    4th November 2018 at 4:46 PM
  • Reply Myriam Clark

    I usually start de-cluttering in the kitchen and tidy up the cupboards.

    4th November 2018 at 6:04 PM
  • Reply Michelle Smith

    My bedroom I organise my wardrobes by clearing out old clothes.

    4th November 2018 at 7:53 PM
  • Reply Sarah Blackwell-Hughes

    We don’t do a special declutter for Christmas as I spend all year doing it, haha!

    4th November 2018 at 8:37 PM
  • Reply Heather Haigh

    Yes I declutter pretty much every where I can.

    5th November 2018 at 4:58 AM
  • Reply Tracy Newton

    I tend to declutter on a regular basis. Although I have started to encourage the children to sort out toys

    6th November 2018 at 6:36 AM
  • Reply Jemma Dwyer

    yes i do my son bedroom 😀

    6th November 2018 at 1:42 PM
  • Reply Kim Murray

    Like to have a good tidy and clean before I put the Xmas decorations up, clear the kitchen too ready for Xmas baking x

    6th November 2018 at 4:35 PM
  • Reply Christine Lockley

    I try to declutter regularly but in the run up to Christmas it’s the kitchen cupboards, freezer, kids rooms and lounge

    7th November 2018 at 12:00 PM
  • Reply Linda C

    The kitchen have sorted and given away lots of odd glasses, mugs etc that were at the back of the cupboard, already done freezer and going to start food cupboards to make room to hide some goodies.

    7th November 2018 at 1:24 PM
  • Reply Dawn Samples

    I especially give my front room a thorough clean in time for getting a Christmas tree and putting up decorations, but I like to give the whole house a sort out of clutter and a good clean x

    7th November 2018 at 1:55 PM
  • Reply clair downham

    im doing it righht now and i focus on kitchen and the kids bedrooms

    7th November 2018 at 2:14 PM
  • Reply Louise

    I declutter the kids toys before Christmas, kids get way too much these days!

    7th November 2018 at 2:59 PM
  • Reply Kathleen marsden

    I declutter my kitchen so that I know nothings going out of date before Xmas shopping and to know what I need to get in for xmas

    7th November 2018 at 3:00 PM
  • Reply Karen Barrett

    I love a good declutter, I’m not really a hoarder so it is usually pretty pain free 🙂

    7th November 2018 at 4:48 PM
  • Reply Jo Richards

    Always declutter and sort out the kids bedrooms at the start of December, ready for their Christmas presents and then have another declutter a few months later in their rooms

    7th November 2018 at 6:22 PM
  • Reply Ian Campbell

    Definitely, especially in the lounge, to make way for the tree and all the decorations 🙂

    7th November 2018 at 9:19 PM
  • Reply Julie Edwards

    I declutter everywhere. From CDs, DVDs, books, to clothes and cosmetics. Love making room for new items

    8th November 2018 at 10:49 AM
  • Reply Ashley Phillips

    I make sure I go through all the kitchen cupboards and pass on anything I haven’t used or don’t intend to use soon to a food bank

    8th November 2018 at 12:12 PM
  • Reply Sarah Mcknight

    I usually declutter the kids toys.

    8th November 2018 at 1:40 PM
  • Reply Sally Collingwood

    Decluttered massively 6 months ago when I moved house!

    8th November 2018 at 2:53 PM
  • Reply Marc H

    In the middle of a massive declutter at the moment. Sticking a whole bunch of stuff on Ebay.

    8th November 2018 at 7:22 PM
  • Reply Jo m welsh

    I feel like I am always decluttering but I do like to sort the kids rooms out before Christmas.

    8th November 2018 at 8:53 PM
  • Reply Sue Harrison

    No not really. I try to stay clutter free all year.

    8th November 2018 at 10:31 PM
  • Reply T Brailey

    I usually have a little declutter. This is focused on the living room where the Christmas tree will be.

    10th November 2018 at 10:26 AM
  • Reply Carole Nott

    i dont really declutter, but generally just do a really good sort out and tidy up

    11th November 2018 at 7:23 PM
  • Reply Karen Tranmer

    the living room and kitchen so we have a fetsive areato relax and don’t get too stressed preparing the dinner!

    11th November 2018 at 10:11 PM
  • Reply charlotte

    i have a really good clear out of clothes at this time of year to make room for new ones xD

    12th November 2018 at 3:32 PM
  • Reply Charlotte Wilde

    i try with the kids bedrooms – books and toys – really difficult though

    12th November 2018 at 6:36 PM
  • Reply katrina walsh

    I concentrate on the kitchen to make way for fresh dinnerware each year

    12th November 2018 at 10:03 PM
  • Reply Judith Allen

    We try to keep clutter down during the year, but an extra tidy up and charity shop run with anything we don’t need.

    12th November 2018 at 10:45 PM
  • Reply Laura Wheatley

    I have bookmarked this. I desperatley need to de clutter for my own sanity! so hopefully you have given me the motivation

    14th November 2018 at 8:09 PM
  • Reply Louise A

    Not really, so much to do at Christmas without worrying about decluttering.

    15th November 2018 at 1:16 AM
  • Reply Fiona Martin

    I try and declutter the kids bedrooms ready for all the new things they’ll get on the day!

    15th November 2018 at 2:17 PM
  • Reply Lyndsey Cooksey

    Yes I do declutter before Christmas. As well as everywhere being tidy and been to the local rubbish tip to declutter around the house, I do like to have a sort out of my fridge and freezer. I get rid of old jars of pickles, bottles of sauces that only have a drop in, use up food out the freezer ready for any Christmas food I can start picking up.

    15th November 2018 at 4:51 PM
  • Reply kris mcgrath

    Yes, I did the kids room yesterday

    15th November 2018 at 5:20 PM
  • Reply astrid c

    i’m always decluttering, hate clutter and hoarding!! x

    16th November 2018 at 6:21 AM
  • Reply Victoria Prince

    I don’t as a rule, but this year we are also moving in the Spring so I am on a serious house-wide declutter!

    16th November 2018 at 12:32 PM
  • Reply Kim Neville

    I always have a sort of kids toys and bedrooms to make space for all the new things from Xmas

    16th November 2018 at 4:00 PM
  • Reply Magdalene Drummond

    I always focus on the living room so there is room for all the fun Christmas morning brings. This year we are spending Christmas in our new house which will hopefully be our forever house so I want everything to be perfect xx

    16th November 2018 at 10:44 PM
  • Reply jo liddement

    I always have a clear-up in November and concentrate on clothes and toys which i take down to the charity shop. I also like to mend and reuse clothes if i can.

    17th November 2018 at 7:29 PM
  • Reply Marion Payne

    A general de-clutter before Christmas to make room for three new pressies and to donate to charity

    17th November 2018 at 11:01 PM
  • Reply Marion Payne

    I have a general de-clutter before Christmas to make room for three new pressies and to donate to charity

    17th November 2018 at 11:01 PM
  • Reply maria

    I clean out the attic

    18th November 2018 at 12:38 AM
  • Reply Sue Bielewicz

    We declutter and spruce up, basically a second spring clean. The whole house gets the treatment all ready for setting the tree up and preparing for family and friends visiting from all over the country

    18th November 2018 at 8:18 AM
  • Reply Elizabeth Smith

    I don’t declutter but I probably should

    18th November 2018 at 12:36 PM
  • Reply Laura Williams

    I always de clutter before Christmas! I have 6 children! You can imagine the clutter! haha!
    The kids bedrooms are a huge must to de clutter before Christmas so there is room for what Santa brings!
    Also! I always de clutter my freezers before Christmas so there is room for lots of Christmas food! For November and December, we live out of the freezer and aim to get them as empty as possible… some interesting meals come from freezer diving! 😀
    These bins are absolutely brilliant! My 4th child (Joe – 12) is our family recycler (they all have a little job in the house for responsibility!) He would be chuffed if I won these! I picked him for this job because he is my only perfectionist out of my 6 children! He enjoys organising and sorting the recycling! He would love these as they are colour coded and he could organise everything in his ‘perfectionist’ way! 🙂
    Thank you! What a useful prize! I have my fingers crossed!

    19th November 2018 at 8:42 AM
  • Reply Lukcy Ducky

    i love the idea of these bins, its so important to look after our environment and clean up properly! Switzerland have a great recycling programme, we should be more like them in that way!

    19th November 2018 at 1:11 PM
  • Reply Laura Pyper

    yes the kids rooms

    19th November 2018 at 2:47 PM
  • Reply Laura Chapman

    We focus on the living and dining room as this is where we spend the majority of our time at Christmas and it’s vital that it’s clutter free – especially if we have guests over.

    19th November 2018 at 6:53 PM
  • Reply Allison Sherwood

    I do and I mainly focus on the living room as I like it to be neat and tidy ready for putting up the tree and because I know come Christmas day the room will look like a bombs hit it lol

    20th November 2018 at 9:41 AM
  • Reply David Greenhalgh

    I always focus on the hallway which is littered with abandoned shoes coats school bags and other assorted paraphernalia

    20th November 2018 at 10:24 AM
  • Reply Gemma Clark

    Mainly the living room and bedrooms getting rid of old toys

    20th November 2018 at 1:23 PM
  • Reply Rachel Butler

    I always declutter the toys and all of the wardrobes and food cupboards 🙂

    20th November 2018 at 2:59 PM
  • Reply Angela Sharp

    Always trying to decluter as much as I can, if I can o donate toys or clothes otherwise I do my best to recycle

    20th November 2018 at 8:27 PM
  • Reply James Travis

    No, but I should

    20th November 2018 at 9:12 PM
  • Reply Alison Johnson

    Yes we do declutter. Mainly our conservatory which has our dining table in & we need for Christmas Dinner as everyone comes to ours. We tend to dump stuff in there as soon as it starts getting cold as we don’t go in there so it’s easy to forget about how much is in there!

    20th November 2018 at 9:41 PM
  • Reply JULIE WARD

    No, I try to do it all year round, fail (sons bedroom)

    20th November 2018 at 11:55 PM
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