The festive season is fast approaching, and it’s important to have a plan in place to avoid feeling overwhelmed. If you want a calm and stress-free Christmas, it’s a good time to start preparing.

For many, the holidays can be a time of chaos and excess. Even if you live in a minimalist home, it’s easy to get carried away and lose control. As a renter in a small urban apartment, it’s important to find ways to avoid accumulating too much holiday decor.

If you’re attached to your holiday decorations and don’t want to downsize, that’s okay. However, it’s important to consider how much storage space your decorations occupy. Before attempting to declutter and live a minimalist lifestyle, think about your December goals. Do you want to eliminate clutter, create more space, save money, or find peace and happiness during a busy time of year?

Here are five ways to achieve your goals and have a more peaceful holiday season:

Decoration clutter

Decorating can be a joy, but it’s easy to go overboard. A sprinkle of festive decor can add elegance to your home, but an avalanche of it can lead to stress. Excessive decorations demand dusting, storage, and extra electricity costs for all those twinkling lights.

To sidestep this, opt for a few well-chosen, high-quality decorations that truly bring joy. Thoughtful selection trumps quantity, allowing you to enjoy each piece without the burden of excess.

Mind clutter

Stress often finds its way into our lives during the holiday season. Worries about finances, the pursuit of a picture-perfect family gathering, or feelings of isolation can take a toll. Remember, your well-being and that of your loved ones should be your utmost priority.

Rather than striving for the ‘perfect’ Christmas, focus on setting realistic expectations and boundaries. If cooking isn’t your forte, consider ordering pre-made meals or enlisting help from others. Delegating tasks can ease stress and make the holiday season more enjoyable.

Present clutter

The pressure to find the ideal gifts can lead to stress and financial strain. This holiday season, shift your focus to thoughtful, meaningful gifts that resonate with your loved ones. Quality often trumps quantity, and it’s the sentiment behind the gift that truly matters.

Consider gifting experiences, handmade items, or even the gift of time spent together. These thoughtful gestures can make your holiday season more enjoyable and meaningful.

Time clutter

Balancing your time during the holidays can be an uphill battle. With so many obligations, you may feel overwhelmed and guilty for not evenly spreading your time. It’s essential to shed that guilt because everyone hustles during this time of year.

Plan your time wisely by creating a weekly schedule leading up to Christmas. Allocate dedicated time for yourself and your immediate family. Learning to say no can also be a powerful tool in maintaining a manageable schedule.

Wrapping paper clutter

Wrapping presents can be time-consuming, often leading to cluttered spaces filled with half-empty rolls of paper. Simplify by choosing a wrapping style that’s efficient and suits your taste.

Consider reusable wrapping options like fabric or cloth bags, or invest in versatile wrapping paper that can be used for multiple occasions. This not only reduces waste but also streamlines the wrapping process. is Australia's largest company dedicated to renters and is owned and operated by ASX-listed Limited (RNT:ASX). For over 15 years, has exclusively focused on making renters' lives easier by making it easier to find a property, secure it, move in and pay rent.