There’s a part of Christmas that people don’t often talk about. I suppose it’s because for most people, the clutter that comes with Christmas doesn’t really bother them. However, for some of us more sensitive types, it’s a part of Christmas that we really struggle with. We want to enjoy the day and not care about all the stuff strewn around our homes, but all the new things actually cause us to feel anxious and stressed.
Personally, I LOVE Christmas, but I really struggle with all the clutter that comes with it. I’m the kind of gal who likes to have a place for everything and when our home is suddenly filled with many things that need new places, I get overwhelmed and grumpy. I am sensitive to everything in my life and when my surroundings are tidy, I feel calm on the inside. If you feel this way too, then you understand and you’re nodding you’re head right about now. Some of you get it, I know this because I’ve talked with many other women who function this same way.
To prepare our home and our hearts for Christmas, we spent an hour or so this morning going through all our toys as a family. The kids joyfully helped us organize, sort, throw some things away and we got a bag ready for the thrift store. If there was ever a time to prepare our homes and our hearts for fresh new things, before Christmas is the perfect time.
After a morning of organizing and getting rid of things we no longer use, I am ready. Some people will tell you to simply not let the clutter bother you. I don’t agree with them, because I know how it feels. I believe in going into Christmas prepared. Clear out your home of things you no longer need. Make space in your mind and in your home for peace, love and fun. Christmas is almost here, but there’s still time to dedicate one hour or so for sorting, organizing and creating space for living.
What about you? Do you struggle with the clutter that comes with Christmas? How do you manage it?