Are you ready for Christmas shopping, Black Friday sales and finding suitable hiding places for presents? Then it’s time to make room for Christmas!
Because let’s be honest, who doesn’t run out of space during the festive season? So, here are our favourite tips on making sure there’s enough space for the Christmas tree, festive decorations and friends and family come Christmas Day!
1. Clear the Clutter
First of all, have a winter clear-out. Out with the old and in with the new, as they say. Just make sure more goes out than in!
If you haven’t used or worn it for a year or more, it has to go. And no, there’s no pile for maybes, only ‘keep’ or ‘toss’. Also, don’t just go through the loft and cupboards, have a go at your wardrobe, shelves and pantry, too!
And then donate things you no longer need to your favourite charity shop, join the next car boot sales or choose an online re-sell platform to give your items a second lease on life.
2. Create new Storage
Are you using all of your existing storage space? There are lots of overlooked areas in our homes that we can use to store rarely used items. And we’re not just talking about your loft!
For example, the space under the bed is great for everything from suitcases to spare duvets and pillows. The same goes for small nooks and crannies under the stairs, behind the door or below the ceiling.
Also, consider investing in furniture with built-in storage like an ottoman, footstool or coffee table.
3. Optimise your Storage
You know we’re all about using your loft for storage. But whatever storage space you’re using, be sure to make the most of your available space.
You can use everything from extra shelves and boxes to baskets and glass jars to organise items of every size and keep them safe during the festive season. And those suitcases you only use once or twice a year? They’re a great place to store your all-year decorations until January.
And never underestimate the power of Tupperware. They’re easy to stack and maximise your fridge/freezer space, especially if you’re the one cooking Christmas dinner this year.
4. Time it Right
Keep a checklist of what needs doing this Christmas. Not only will this help with organising and budgeting. But it will also help you make sure you have enough storage space available for everything.
Nothing is worse than managing to sneak that really large present into the house unseen and then not having anywhere to put it!
The same goes for your food shopping. Make sure there’s space in the fridge for the turkey with all the trimmings before you pick up your order from the butcher’s.
5. Shop Smarter
Is it time for a smaller Christmas tree? Do you have more decorations than space to put them? A smaller tree can make a big difference when it comes to seating your guests.
And wall decorations are a great way to free up floor space and keep your home from looking busy and cluttered.
Also, make sure that any extra furniture you need folds up so you can pack them away until next year.