Declutter Your Christmas Mess Of Ripped Wrapping Paper {15 Minute Mission}

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Today's decluttering mission, for Christmas Day, is to get rid of your Christmas mess of ripped wrapping paper after you and your family have opened gifts.


The Declutter 365 mission for the day is quite simple since it is, after all, a holiday for many people.

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So first of all, Merry Christmas to each of you, and I'm wishing for you a wonderful clutter free New Year!

I don't want us to get out of the habit of decluttering even today, but my definition of that habit for the day is pretty lax.

Today I want you to make sure to throw away (or recycle) your ripped up wrapping paper from all the gifts your family and friends opened. That's it!

I actually find it easiest to grab a trash bag or other container before presents are even opened, and then get everyone to throw their ripped up gift wrap into the bag as you go, so you don't even have to clean up a mess later.

This actually has the practical effect of helping you avoid clean up disasters later as well, because before we started doing this simple habit we accidentally threw away some small parts of Christmas presents, and had to fish through the trash to find them later! Not fun on Christmas day, let me tell you.

To the extent that you use reusable gift bags, or like to save bows, boxes, etc. for use another time obviously don't throw those things away, but put them off to the side. One day soon you can work to put these items back away, or organize the wrapping paper.

Today though, enjoy time with your loved ones!

If you open presents another day, or don't celebrate Christmas in your home, first, you can still enjoy time with your loved ones or relax a bit today, and I encourage you too!

In addition though, you can declutter today by throwing away (or recycling) items from around your home that you've been meaning to get rid of, but just hadn't. Often when you really look you can find items that are obvious trash just hanging around, especially on flat surfaces, or in corners on the floor.

Just work on it for 15 minutes or so, to keep you in the habit!

Top photo courtesy of Erich Ferdinand

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Did you know that Christmas day is often when people resolve that they want to get rid of excess clutter in their homes?

It's definitely true, I see the evidence of that every year when I run this mission as part of the Declutter 365 missions here on the site.

I'm not sure exactly why that is, but I'm sure it has something to do with all the "stuff" many of us accumulate at Christmastime as well as it starting to be close to New Years, when we all like to make a clean start.

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If Christmas day has gotten you ready to make your house clutter free next year I encourage you to begin or continue with the daily Declutter 365 missions.

I've got a whole series of 15 minute decluttering missions that you can do, for 365 days of the year.

Just pick and choose the ones you want to do, that will make a big impact in your home. But if you want someone else to tell you the order you can also grab the 15 minute daily decluttering mission calendars and follow along as we all get our homes clutter free together!

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we prepare the night before
by: Mom of Three

We started this habit a few years go. We prepare the night before, along with our milk and cookie. We put in the room a big black garbage bag for trash, extra large durable shopping bags for each family member's gifts so they don't get mixed up or lost, and a paper bag or box to recycle MOST of the wrapping paper. I also bring up a laundry basket to put the boxes, bags & bows I'll save to reuse next Christmas. It might sound a little tedious but this is our third Christmas now and let me tell you- Clean up is SO much faster and I don't hear my kids asking "where's my ...? Have you seen my..?" because it's in their bag! And we don't lose little pieces OR INSTRUCTIONS this way! :-) Merry Christmas!

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