Declutter Valentine's Day Stuff {15 Minute Mission}

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Today's mission is to declutter Valentine's Day stuff. This is the perfect time to do this, since it has been a little over a week since this holiday.

One habit I want everyone to get into is to clean up completely after each holiday event, meaning to put away decorations, deal with clutter you've received, etc. so that the next year you're starting with a clean slate and in the mean time not dealing with what used to be festive decorations, but are now just reminders that you haven't cleaned up yet!

That's why as part of the Declutter 365 missions after each major holiday I've tried to add a day into the missions on the calendar to take a few minutes and clean up.

For Valentine's Day the types of things you need to at least consider decluttering include excess candy, old and now wilted flowers, all those little cards your child received at their school party, and unwanted decorations.

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Anything That Is Valentine Related You Aren't Decluttering Needs To Be Put Away Today

Even if you don't want to completely get rid of some of these things, such as certain decorations you love and use year after year, for example, it is time to put them away now and not have them laying out anymore.

As for more meaningful cards, such as the Valentine's card given to you by your spouse, people have different philosophies about keeping these or not. You need to decide for yourself whether you want to keep them.

But if you do decide you want to keep some sentimental cards like this (which is perfectly fine!) make sure that today, as part of the mission, you decide how you will organize and store these sentimental things. Otherwise, just laying the card down on the kitchen counter for the next 3 months, for example, is not a good solution, and you've effectively made clutter.

If it is important enough to you to keep then treat it that way and make sure you put it somewhere safe and where you can find it again!

Question For You: What To Do With Valentine's Cards From School Friends?

I know one area my kids always struggle with is getting rid of those little Valentine's cards from their friends.

I think, eventually, the vast majority of these are just clutter but perhaps they're clutter that is currently meaningful to your kids (whereas 10 years from now they might be happy to save 1 out of the 30 of them).

So my question for you -- is there anything fun you can do with these cards now with your kids to reuse or repurpose them, or a good way to organize and store them for later decluttering when they don't feel quite so sentimental to your kiddo? Tell me your ideas in the comments!

If you've decorated your home for Valentine's day, make sure that after the holiday is over you put up your decorations after a reasonable time, after decluttering anything you don't want to keep for next year {#Declutter365 mission on Home Storage Solutions 101}

Top photo courtesy of JustyCinMD and second photo from a reader, Kathleen

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Don't Forget To Declutter Valentine's Day Candy

I wanted to mention that if you and your family haven't eaten that Valentine's Day candy it's most likely time to declutter it.

And no, that doesn't mean you need to eat it! :)

You can get more ideas of what to do with your leftover candy in my declutter Halloween candy mission!

Other Seasonal Decoration Decluttering Missions

As I mentioned earlier, there are additional seasonal decoration decluttering missions here on the site that you can work through, to make the process of decluttering and organizing your holiday decorations easier and less overwhelming.

Here are additional Declutter 365 missions we do about this topic:

Are You Ready To Declutter Your Home?

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I hope this mission has inspired you to get your home's clutter under control.

When you begin to declutter the feeling you get is contagious, so if you're loving the results you're getting I would encourage you to keep going.

I've got a whole series of 15 minute decluttering missions (eventually 365 of them!) that you can do.

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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Idea for classmate Valentines
by: Upstate NYer

For keeping classmate valentines: Why not get a photo booklet from the dollar store? Have your child add the small valentines to the clear pages so they can see the valentine and see who sent it on the other side. You can mark the outside with the class year. They can flip through the pages whenever they want to. Store it on their bookshelf for easy kid access.

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