However, it can be done at any time when you really feel you need to.
The reason I chose this time of year to suggest the mission is because close to the Christmas holiday many of us are preparing to give quite a few gifts, which is a great time to use up some of the excess gift bags we may be accumulating.
I completely understand why many of us have some excess gift bags laying around our homes. They're so easy to use for giving gifts, and they're VERY expensive, so when we get one it's admirable to want to save it for re-use in the future.
However, there can be too many gift bags, and when your accumulated pile becomes too much the bags become clutter instead of a useful small stash.
Get rid of excess gift bags today, so that all the ones you have left fit into a smaller designated storage area of your choice.
Ideally you'd trash or recycle any bags that are ripped or torn, and therefore not really ideal for re-gifting.
Then, you'd keep for yourself a smaller number of bags that spanned a range of sizes, from small to large, as well as were appropriate for a variety of seasons, holidays, or special occasions.
Finally, any excess that were still looking good could be donated for use somewhere else.
Some people even like to hold some of their light items that they've decided to get rid of in gift bags, and then donate the items inside as well as the gift bag to a second hand shop or charity! (You can see a picture of this in action, below, as shared by a Declutter 365 participant.)
I would suggest only keeping enough gift bags that you believe you'd use within the next year or so.
Remember, you'll restock your own collection each time you receive a gift bag from someone else, so there's no need to keep too many.
I've got some photos below from other readers who've already done this Declutter 365 mission so you can get yourself ready to tackle this task yourself!
Use Excess Gift Bags To Hold Items You're Decluttering From Your Home
One idea I mentioned above, for getting rid of excess gift bags, was to fill them with items you've decided to declutter and then donate the stuff inside the bags, and the bags themselves, to a charity shop.
This kills, metaphorically of course, two birds with one stone, because it's an easy way of getting rid of both gift bag clutter as well as additional clutter in your house.
It can also help you solve the problem of finding containers to hold your clutter to carry to the donation center.
Here's a photo from a reader, Marcy, who used this exact strategy when decluttering, to get rid of both some excess bags and the clutter she put inside of them.
Photos From Reader Who Has Already Done This Mission
Seeing the results when others do this mission can help you get inspired to do it yourself, and I find these photos sent in by a reader, Jena, inspiring.
She sent in a series of photos above, which I've made into a collage, showing her results from the beginning to end of the decluttering process.
Jena said, "I totally needed to do this! Little bit of a hoarder about gift bags. Here are my before and after pictures. Embarrassed to say I started out with 125 gift bags and ended with about 40. All organized and then I hung the bags off the ground, hanging on 2 hangers."
Great job Jena! You really condensed the total number of bags you had, and got them a lot more organized at the same time!
Here's another photo, sent in by a reader, Jana, who said, "I was inspired to start on Christmas/gift bags. I had no idea we had so many! We cut them down by half. Now I have room in my hallway closet again."
Good job Jana!
Once you've done this mission yourself, don't forget to check out the corresponding article with ideas for how to organize gift bags to properly store the fewer number of bags you've decided to keep for yourself.
Want To Do More Decluttering Missions? Get Started With Declutter 365 Today!
Once you declutter one type of item in your home I bet you'll want to declutter some more. After all, decluttering gives you a great reward for even a small investment of time and energy.
The Declutter 365 system is designed to help you declutter, over the course of a year, your entire house, with just 15 minutes of decluttering each day!
Hundreds of thousands of people use this proven system to get rid of their clutter, and bring peace and calm back to their homes.
Declutter 365 works to guide you to clear the clutter without overwhelm, focusing on just one small area at a time, and without making a huge mess in the process, so you see consistent forward progress without all that "messy middle" that makes it even harder to function in your home than before you started.
In addition to building a daily decluttering habit, the Declutter 365 program, along with the accompanying 52 Week Organized Home Challenge, teaches you the skills, habits, routines, and mindsets necessary to maintain the clutter free and organized state of your home from now on, so it'll never be as messy and cluttered as it is right now, ever again.
If you haven't already, make sure to get your copy of this year's Declutter 365 annual calendar here (it's FREE!), find today's date, and do 15 minutes of decluttering on the day's mission. Then, repeat again tomorrow, and again and again. Over the course of the next year, if you do this 15 minutes per day, you'll declutter your whole house!