Decluttering before Christmas!

With Christmas approaching now’s the time to start decluttering the house before your decorations go up!

Bear with us, we know it’s a bit early for the C word, however, if you start now, then you can do it in small chunks, and tackle a room at a time, as opposed to an overwhelming day when you try and declutter the WHOLE house!

We’ve got some top tips to help with your decluttering!

Separate, separate, separate!

Start off with 5 boxes/bin bags/baskets.

  • Rubbish – something which cannot be reused or recycled
  • Recycling – paper/cardboard/aluminium/paper/some plastics
  • Storage – items you still want to keep, but don’t need out during the Christmas period
  • Sorting – something which is in the wrong room
  • Charity – items you no longer want, but is good enough to donate

Store it away!

There may be items in the house which you want to keep, but won’t need it over the winter period. And let’s face it, during Christmas space in the house is valuable! From the tree, to decorations, to presents, to family and friends, the house becomes full!

With self-storage, you can safely store your belongings for a short period of time. You have access to the facilities, so if you happen to forget something, or need something, you can always pop in and get it! At our self-store Halifax facilities, you have access 7 days a week, from 7am to 9pm.

You can rent a unit from as little as £9.50 a week, you can see availability on our live tracker here

So, move some of your items which you won’t miss to a self-store facility. It could be your bikes and scooters, or usual home decorations, summer wardrobe, anything that you think you won’t use in the short term.

Be Ruthless!

Do you really need all those cables and chargers you’re keeping ‘just in case’? Have you worn those clothes in the past 6 months?

If you decide to keep everything, then you’re not making space! As sorting expert Marie Kondo believes, only keep it, if it sparks joy for you! So when you are going through your clothes, think of these three questions:

  • Have I worn it in the past 2 months?
  • Did I remember I owned this?
  • Does it fit me now?

If the answer is no, then donate away!

Or if it’s your summer wardrobe, then pack it in a suitcase, and put it away, in the attic, or at the self-store!

Take your time

You don’t want to make a rash decision, and throw out something you need.

So, if needs be, put those clothes to one side for 2 weeks. If you haven’t returned to that pile, then you clearly don’t need it, and it can be donated.

Take it one room at a time, if you try and do the whole house, it can be overwhelming, and can become stressy. Play some music, put on your favourite film, and work through your decluttering.


If you are interested in self store Halifax, then check out the live availability tracker we have on our website here where you can also reserve your unit. But act fast, to get it before Christmas!