CHRISTMAS: Avoid the Christmas clutter

14 December 2018

It’s the time of the year where our houses become more cluttered than ever! The silly season should be renamed the messy season. Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, filled with friends, family, food and… clutter! With gifts galore, wrapping paper, decorations and more, your house can begin to feel a lot more hectic than it does merry.

How can we avoid the mess and enjoy the holidays?

Jo Carmichael, decluttering specialist from All Sorted Out, has perfected the art of tidying. She is here to give three easy to follow steps to avoiding Christmas clutter on the big day.

1. Dedicate an area

Choose a room and go wild. This is your Christmas area, to be used as storage for food and gifts in the lead up to the big day. On Christmas Day or Boxing Day, encourage guests to store their extra stuff in this room, keeping the rest of your house safe from holiday madness! 

2. Have a bin ready to go

On the big day, have a bin in the area where your gifts will be unwrapped. Encourage guests to throw their paper away as soon as they unwrap their gift. This helps keep your space tidy and avoids the post-gift-opening craziness.

3. Get organised

As extra guests descend on your house for Christmas, it is important to have your space prepared in advance. Have a pre-Christmas declutter. Otherwise, this season will simply add mess on top of mess.

On Christmas day, your home should be a place filled with laughter and joy, not clutter.

Jo Carmichael, decluttering specialist from All Sorted Out, has the organisational skills and ability to turn clutter into style. For more information, go to

Written by

Angela Sutherland

After spending over 20 years on the editorial desks of some the leading magazine publishing houses of London and Sydney, Angela swapped the city frenzy for a Queensland sea change. Now owner and editor of Kids on the Coast and Kids in the City, she loves spending her days documenting and travelling the crazy road of family life alongside every mum and dad. 

When she’s not at her desk buried in magazine stories, you’ll often find her entrenched in a heated game of beach cricket, or being utterly outrun by her inventive seven-year-old and rambunctious threenager.

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