Holiday Clutter Prevention

David Allen, in his book “Getting Things Done”, mentions that one way to keep things from overwhelming you is to limit their entry point. In other words, make decisions about what stuff and how much of it shall come into your house for the holidays. Take catalogs for example. By mid-October you probably have several versions of the same company’s catalogs. Right when they enter your doorway as mail, throw out as many as you think you can part with. Next are the requests from charities. The trouble with donating at all is that the charities make even more money from selling your address to other organizations, who, in turn, send you their requests. I have a few favorite organizations I send donations to, but when I see a new one I tend to throw it in the recycling container without opening it.

Do you have stashes of used wrapping paper? Christmas cards sent to you in previous years? Do you re-use them? Great!! Or do you just hang on to them but buy new wrapping paper each year? One more question…have you ever come across potential gifts you bought earlier but then either forgot you had them or couldn’t find where you stashed them? Welcome to the club!

Harriet Vaughan

About Harriet Vaughan

I am a Senior Move Manager, working with Senior Citizens and their families when it is time to downsize or just make the home safer and more comfortable for aging in place. I help these people make decisions about what to keep, throw out, donate, or sell. I also offer workshops on "Getting Things Done When You Are Over 60". I write about how to overcome memory lapses and how to use your physical energy well. I have a degree in Home Economics from the University of Maine. I live in Coopers Mills, about 14 miles east of Augusta. I have been married for almost 50 years to my husband, Chuck Vaughan. Our business is called Legacy Years Transition Services.