Reduce Your Holiday & Travel Clutter

For those of us who go on holidays and enjoy family trips away from home, we inevitably find that a lot of knick-knacks and souvenirs from our travels worm their way into our home until we suddenly find ourselves inundated by things which we don’t need, but which we can’t bring ourselves to get rid of.

The  most drastic solution to avoiding holiday clutter is to not bring back any holiday souvenirs at all. But for most of us that’s unrealistic and unlikely to happen.  Here are 5 tips to help you keep your holiday souvenirs from cluttering your home:

  1. Take digital photographs and delete unwanted photos each night of your holiday. This way you bring back only great pictures that are great reminders of the places you’ve been to. And photos don’t take up much space.
  2. If you want a little piece of your travels to comeback home with you, why not try to keep that “little” piece truly little.  There are more than enough souvenirs which are small enough to fit into the palm of your hands and which won’t take up too much room in your house.  Instead of buying a lot of cheaper souvenirs, invest in a quality piece that best represents the fun of your travels.  This could be a carving, a snow globe, a figurine, etc.
  3. Send yourself beautiful postcards from wherever you go, and then when you get home, pin them up on a large corkboard that takes up space only on the wall and is a great visual reminder of your holiday.
  4. Fridge magnets are another great idea of a visual reminder of your holidays and you can contain them to one place in your house.
  5. Use your souvenirs as a practical storage item.  For example, a tall wooden giraffe I bought in Africa is a reminder of my trip to Africa and doubles as a place to hang my necklaces and helps me keep the clutter down.

So when you go on holiday, remember you want to bring home with you the peace and fun of your holiday and not a suitcase of things that will clutter your home and destroy your calm and relaxed state.