Tuesday, 25 November 2014

The Great Christmas Clear out...

Welcome to our spare room of doom...

We are lucky to have a second reception room. When we moved in we had plans to make it our quiet reading room, with a sofa bed for the occasional overnight guest. It quickly turned into a dumping ground for luggage, paperwork, spare bedding and Christmas presents.

When my nephew came toddling into the other room carrying a tube of wrapping paper (that had been right next to his unwrapped Christmas presents) I knew it was time to a pre-Christmas tidy up.

Luckily I was recently sent a selection of packing boxes and tape from Eco Movers which gave me the incentive and storage space, to start clearing the decks.

I made up three archive boxes, one for Sion, one for myself and a joint one in a matter of seconds and started filling them with the paperwork that was sitting on the coffee table and shelf. 

The bedding was vac-packed and stored under the stairs, along with our overnight bags. Underneath the bedding I found a big bag of books, too heavy for me to lift. I made up two small boxes and transferred the books into them. They can now be easily stacked on top of each other or stored in separate places.

Finally I gave everything a quick polish and wipe over and re-arranged some of Sion's wooden figures.

One hour of tidying has got our room back. Admittedly we still have boxes in there but they can be easily sorted through and filed away properly. The boxes are collapsible and reusable so we can just store them until they are next needed.

Eco Movers have lots of packing boxes and discounted ready packs that you can use to help get your home ready for Christmas stating from £1.30 + VAT. Next on the list for me is to wrap some Christmas presents and box them up ready for each location - Cornwall, Northampton & Southampton...just in case more little hands and eyes come round exploring!

Next week we will be deciding on the type of tree to buy and our decorations colour scheme...decisions, decisions, decisions!!

I was sent a selection of boxes and packaging tape for the purposes of this post. All words and opinions remain my own.

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  1. My spare room currently looks very similar to your top picture - I need to tackle the clutter before Christmas too so might have to get some of these boxes as think I will need them! #TriedTested

  2. Great to have a clear out before christmas, I must do that here too.

  3. Always seem to be clearing clutter here and it gets worse when the kids head home from uni and leave stuff everywhere!

  4. It's a good idea, but I need someone to come with the boxes and be ruthless. : )

  5. What a great result! I need to clear the clutter before Christmas x

  6. It's such a good idea and a great way to store some of the clutter before the Christmas decorations come out! #tinseltuesdays

  7. Wow.... what a difference an hour and determination can make. You now have a room again. We transformed our garage a few months ago, and the improvements are massive... you must feel appier now too knowing its not a dumping ground? #tinseltuesday

  8. What a brilliant idea. I have yet to do the big Christmas tidy. It is looming this week :( thanks for linking up to #TinselTuesdays