Happy New Year! If you’re anything like me, the magic of the holidays quickly leads to the anxiety of cleaning it all up. Which then leads to either a total purge where you get caught up in the moment and throw away too much, or more likely, you haphazardly throw a few things away to make yourself feel better while shoving a bunch of junk into a closet, where you can deal with it later. Not this year! It may not be the most fun, but adulting rarely is. And once done, I promise, you will feel so much better!
Organize those Ornaments
I dislike taking apart the Christmas tree almost as much I enjoy putting it up. One thing that makes decorating easier is wrapping and storing your decor in an organized manner. While not fun in the moment, your future self will certainly appreciate the effort when next year rolls around. Also, protecting your holiday treasures ensures your family will continue to enjoy them for many Christmases to come.
Tangled, messy Christmas lights are a huge pain. Avoid that completely by storing your lights tightly wrapped around a piece of cardboard. We like this idea because you can leave yourself notes if necessary and it’s free. You can use cardboard leftover from the holidays. However, you can use paper towel tubes, coffee cans, etc.
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Different ornaments require different storage methods. More fragile ornaments may have to be wrapped multiple times, or if small enough, can be stored in egg cartons. Oddly shaped ornaments might need special attention as well. Regardless, see-through bins always make finding what you’re looking for so much easier.
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Get Rid of the Garbage
It’s easy to get attached to holiday decor. Memories are automatically attached to a lot of holiday stuff. I get it. There are family heirlooms, or crafts made by your children. The things you will treasure forever. But that random creepy Santa you bought on a whim over a decade ago, with the torn pants and missing hat? Throw that stuff away! Anything that doesn’t work, or is excessively tattered, get rid of! If it’s condition isn’t too bad, consider donating. Just get it out of your house.
We’re all for everyone doing what makes them happy. If you like the creepy,Nightmare Before Christmas vibe, by all means, do you! Otherwise, send that Santa on his merry way. Photo: Jezebel
Deal With Unwanted Gifts
It might sound bad, but you know what I’m talking about. Every year there are the random presents you really don’t want. And while you might feel guilty, it’s silly to shove that stuff in some closet, just to pull out or wear the next time you see the gift giver. Stop the madness. If there are items you think you can easily regift, put those somewhere. A cabinet or closet you can go to if you ever need a present quickly can be a lifesaver. Otherwise, donate. It is a good idea to make a note of who gave you what. Though we all regift, if would be a definite faux pas to regift an item to the person who originally gave it you.
Keep 1, Toss 2
For those of us trying to keep the general clutter level in our home to a minimum, this is an easy way to start the new year off with a bang. For every gift you keep (stuff that goes to the regift closet, obviously doesn’t count) you get rid of two like items. If you don’t have anything that qualifies as similar, just get rid of any two things. This is a good trick to remember around birthday time too.
It’s great to get the whole family involved and this is a really easy way to start introducing your children to the idea of charitable giving and thinking of others, especially the less fortunate.Photo: Simple Living Country Gal
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