There is a chance that you haven’t put away your holiday decorations yet. It’s New Year’s Day, so maybe you are still taking it all in. It was a short season after all, and maybe you are still enjoying your Fa La La. Maybe you are one of those really great neighbors who leave their Christmas lights on all year round. If you are, let’s just say, it’s nice to live a little far from you. If you haven’t already taken everything down and put it all away for next year, time is up. It is 2014, let’s close up Christmas.
Holiday decorations take up a lot of space. From pumpkins to Easter eggs to 12-foot Christmas trees, it would be great to have an entire room devoted to storing your holiday accessories. I have an uncle who just drags his whole Christmas tree downstairs to his basement, ornaments and all, and stores it standing up for the next year. Unfortunately, I don’t have that kind of space. However, I do have a lot of holiday decor, and clearing out that holiday clutter becomes very important to me every year.
First, drag all of those empty tubs and boxes back into your house. I bring all of my boxes to my dining room and open the up.
Start un-decorating your house room by room. Try to keep like with like. Store all of your kitchen decor in one box, your living room decor in another. Wrap everything carefully. Put it in the box so that it is easy to get to next year. Use soft items like towels and stockings to wrap glass items. That takes up less space than bubble wrap.
Label bags and bins. Each of my bins is labeled with the room it goes in, and each bag in the bin is labeled as well.
You should evaluate what you use every year. What do you love? What goes up because it was your great-grandmother’s and is very important? Is there anything you hate and can get rid of? Do you still need to put out your kindergartener’s angel hand print artwork? Is your wreath still in good shape? Do all of the lights still work? Make sure you are not storing decorations you will never use again. That’s a waste of space, and a waste of time to wrap and unwrap it every year. Keep a trash bag nearby to get rid of anything that is broken beyond repair. Keep another bag for donations.
Decorations take up a lot of space. I have nine reindeer I put up on my dining room table and they are big, but I love them so I make room in the garage to store them. Install overhead bins in the garage for extra storage space if you can. Or designate space in your attic, under your stairs, or in the basement exclusively for your holiday decorations.
Just remember, holiday decorations can be clutter too. Remember to only keep what you need, use, or love.