This is a guest post from our bi-monthly contributor, Jill. Conquer your clutter with Jill’s simple, straightforward writing style.
Have you been blessed by thoughtful and well-meaning gift givers? It feels good to receive gifts from loved ones, but then again, some gifts end up adding clutter to our homes.
Here are some tips to help you stay more organized after unwrapping the gifts .
1. Find a home for all of the gifts you received — the sooner the better.
2. It’s not uncommon to receive gifts you do not need or even like. Consider regifting or donating these so they do not become “guilt” clutter.
3. Gifts are not meant to be a burden or make you feel guilty. Remember the old saying “it’s the thought that counts.”
4. Donate at least as many items as you received. This is especially important if you can’t put some or all of your gifts away because there isn’t enough room in the place where the gifts belong. It’s a great time of year to declutter, gather up some last-minute tax deductions and help your favorite charity.
5. You most likely have some gifts to return or exchange. Find the gift receipts and put all of the returns in your car along with the list of stores they need to go to. If you don’t like to spend time waiting in line to return items, schedule a “return/exchange” errand day for early January.
6. Lastly, foster a sense of gratitude in 2014 for what you have. Most of us have an abundance of things. Remember this when you are tempted to shop the after Christmas sales.