Organizing Your Holiday Decorations…

So the season is almost over — one week to go!  I might be a little early in making suggestions on organizing your decor, but keep these suggestions in mind next week when you start to take down your Santas and Snowmen.

1. BEFORE REMOVING ANYTHING:  Take pictures of each decorated room in your room.  It will make decorating much easier next year.  Start with a broad shot of the room and then take more detailed pictures of tables and mantles.  Download the pictures and store in a folder marked “Christmas Decorations” on your computer.

2.  Donate any decoration that you dont really love.  If it didnt get displayed, then donate it.  If you did display it and despised it everytime you walked pass, then donate.  (You will thank me next year).

3. Toss those raggedy, marked up cardboard boxes once and for all.  Buy green and red plastic totes to store your decorations.  Walmart, Target, Lowes, and Home Depot all sell them and are running specials on them from now until the end of the year.  Buy 5 or 6 this week to make sure you get the right size and color. (Trust me, you wont be able to find them next week).  Buy similar sizes. If you are storing these on shelves (which I highly recommend), make sure to measure the shelves BEFORE shopping!

4.  Buy a tote to store your ornaments.  These are very (VERY) handy and a great way to keep ornaments organized and safe.  THIS WEEK: Buy 3 or 4 depending on how many ornaments you have and how many trees you have.  These are the first storage bins to go and they dont come back until next year.

5.  Store like with like.  All mantel decor goes in one box labeled mantel.  All outside stuff goes in another box labeled outdoor.  All bathroom decor…well you get my drift.

6.  Take note of anything that you want to purchase for your holiday collection (tree skirt, wreath, etc).  Schedule some time to go shopping a day or two after Christmas to see if you can nab these items at a steal of a deal.  One year I purchased an artificial wreath complete with pinecones and fake snow for $8.  It was a $40 wreath normally!

7.  Throw away the Christmas cards.  Unless you have a craft project in mind for next year, toss these babies!  No one will care that you threw away their card — trust me — no one will care!

8.  While you are at it — throw away any wrapping paper remnants.  And for goodness sakes — dont keep used bows!

9.  Label the light strands on the artificial tree as you are taking in down.  “A” strand plugs into “A” output strand…etc.  It took me over an hour to plug my tree together — I finally mastered the puzzle and then quickly labeled the strands for easy assembly.  This year it took all of 20 minutes 🙂

There is a lot of sadness that comes with taking down holiday decor.  Many people are sad to see the holiday go — Im usually one of them as Christmas is my favorite time of year.  As you are putting everything away, pull out a journal and jot down some thoughts for the new year.  A good start is looking back on what a great year 2011 was for you and your family — it will put you in a great mood to decide what to do differently for 2012.  New hobby? New interest? Keep the motivation and energy high as you welcome 2012! 🙂

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