The holidays can be a hectic time of year, especially if you’ve just moved into a new home! Many new homeowners enjoy entertaining during the holiday season, since it offers an opportunity to welcome family and friends to their new home. Of course, that means you probably engaged in plenty of baking, cooking, and party-throwing. And you’re probably pretty exhausted now!
Since New Year’s Day has come and gone, it’s time to get rid of the clutter and put away your holiday décor until next year. Here are a few proven tips to help you eliminate holiday clutter so you can give your home a fresh start.
Light Storage – One of the most frustrating things about the holidays is dealing with a string of tangled lights. You can avoid that by wrapping your lights around the tube from an empty roll of paper towels, or a flat piece of cardboard.
Discard Décor – Odds are that some of your holiday decorations didn’t make it out of the box this year. If so, there’s a strong chance that you’ll continue to skip them in the future. Before you put everything away, decide what you want to keep and what can be sold in a future garage sale, donated or just thrown away.
Invest in Storage Bins – Many people store their holiday décor in different size cardboard boxes. oBut investing in uniform storage bins that are even color coordinated will let enable you to safely and neatly store everything away until you need it again next year. Look for items that stack and have lids that open and close easily.
Categorize Holiday Items – Organizing your ornaments, holiday wrapping and other accessories will make your life so much simpler in future holiday seasons. Take some time to designate storage bins for these items so you keep small items from getting jumbled up and potentially ruined.
Label Everything – Whether you’re storing items in boxes or bins, do yourself a big favor and label everything! Be specific such as “outdoor lights” and “tree ornaments” so you know exactly what you’re getting when you pull things out next year.
Unwanted Gifts – Don’t feel bad about returning a gift you didn’t like or simply won’t use. If you don’t know what store it came from, donate it instead so it doesn’t end up cluttering your home. Don’t forget to send a thank you card!
Donate Old Items – Did you or your kids get new clothes for the holidays? Make room in the dresser and closet for them by getting rid of old and/or outgrown clothes. Same with any other household items you may have received. If they’re in good shape, donate them to your local charity, otherwise, throw them out!
Christmas Card Cache – Christmas cards are lovely to look at, but after the holidays, you’re probably tempted to just toss them out. Before you do, write down who sent you cards so you can update your recipients for next year. Then, either toss the cards into the recycle bin or see if you can use some of them for gift cards or children’s art projects during the year.
Clean Up – No sense waiting for spring to do some serious cleaning. Take the time now to vacuum, dust, sweep and clean mirrors and windows, so you can relax and enjoy some serious downtime!
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