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The 4 places in your home you need to declutter before Christmas

Decluttering and organising expert, Anita Birges shares the places you need to declutter in your home to prepare for Christmas.

1. The toy room (if you have kids!)

Decluttering expert, Anita Birges
Decluttering expert, Anita Birges

Toys are typically the number one offender of post-Christmas clutter! You can keep this from becoming a

problem by decluttering toys before Christmas.

Schedule a chunk of time to go through all the toys in your house. Discard anything broken or with pieces

missing. Declutter toys that aren’t being played with or are no longer age appropriate.

If you have a hard time letting go of your kid’s toys (or are just completely overwhelmed), break it down into bite size pieces. Start with games and puzzles and then move onto craft items, Lego and so forth. I suggest tackling the toys without your kid’s involvement and have your donations or rubbish out of the house that same day.

After all, you know what the kids play with and what they love. You can make the final call and get the job done much quicker and easier this way.

If you have a kids’ playroom, once you’ve tidied up try Australian-made King Mist’s Disinfectant Fogger Bomb, the ultimate solution to cleaning a room, you just press it, leave it and close the door to disperse and disinfect the entire room! King Mist’s solution contains zero-alcohol, carcinogens or ozone depleting

chemicals so you can feel comfortable when using it.

2. Wherever you store your Christmas decorations

Somehow, we manage to accumulate massive amounts of decor over the years and Christmas is the

perfect time to declutter it. Think about getting rid of any items that you didn’t put out last year as well as anything that’s not looking too great anymore.

As you put out your Christmas decorations, throw out anything broken (ornaments, lights, etc.). When you’re finished decorating, look through anything that you didn’t put out. Has it been a few years since you’ve put out those decorations? There’s only so much that one house can hold.

3. Your wardrobe

As the weather heats up, take stock of your summer clothing. Are there any swimming cozzies that don’t fit anymore or that are worn out? Look through t-shirts, shorts, swimmers, sandals… Take out what you won’t end up wearing this season. This is also a great way to take stock of what you may need to buy.

You may have changed sizes since last summer or feel that your style has changed altogether. Remember that clothes are made to be worn and if you don’t love it, let it go!

4. Your Fridge

From hosting summer BBQ’s, having visitors and family stay over, to the all-important Christmas meal itself, the amount of food and beverages that need to be kept cool during this period can put even the largest refrigerator to the test.

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Anita suggests cleaning your fridge out before Christmas

It’s time to be prepared and give the fridge a good clean out to make room for that yummy ham and pavlova! Start by giving your fridge a thorough clear out, throwing out anything that’s outdated or doubled up.

Try an anti-bacterial spray to clean your fridge such as King Mist, which has been independently lab- tested to effectively kill 99.9 percent of all bacteria, viruses and germs, including COVID-19. Don’t forget to wipe down all the shelves and drawers before restocking with goodies.

Taking a minimalist approach to storing the fridge a week before Christmas will make things easier when it

comes to storing seafood, meats, fruit and desserts. I also suggest having airtight containers ready for the

massive amounts of leftovers that inevitably come after Christmas feasts.

Lastly, don’t fall into the trap of taking up space with drinks. Instead of using your fridge for storing drinks

etc. Use a bath, an Esky or a tub with ice instead.


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