I hope everyone had a great Christmas! I am currently in the process of taking my stuff down. I love to have it all down by New Year’s so I can start my year off with a clean slate. I love to simplify my life at the end of a year.
I know most of us – myself included in past years – just take it all down and shove it back into boxes. I get it, it’s quicker and it gets the job done. But what if we took this opportunity to sort through it all and determine what you really love and what could maybe find a new home? Are there items you have that don’t even come out of the box year after year? How about items you put out but don’t really like? And do you shove it all wherever and then can’t find anything next year? Christmas already gets a little overwhelming so why not simplify this part?
First, clear your boxes of trash.
I don’t know about you, but I always seem to have random pieces of paper or boxes that I don’t need. Throw these away first to make room. Then take the boxes to the trash and make it rain glitter and broken off berries.
Second, decide what goes.
If you don’t love it – it goes. If it hasn’t come out of a box in a few years (and you don’t have toddlers) it goes. Use it or lose it. Maybe you don’t love it anymore, but someone else will. Donate it to Goodwill and let someone else have a chance. Remember things are not people. And if they are to you, then people shouldn’t be banished to boxes.
Third, organize those boxes.
Keep all of your garland in one place. Keep your tree stuff in one box, and your wreaths in another. There will always be some random stuff that might have to get stuffed in at the end, but for the most part, keep it organized. And label! Use
on the box so you can write on it what’s in the box.
And invest in plastic tubs.
You don’t want to put your stuff in the garage only to find bugs in the boxes or worse mouse poop (Speaking from experience here unfortunately). After the holidays is a great time to buy them too as they are usually promoted like crazy.
Fourth, save one of your own Christmas cards.
Just one. That’s it. I have a box that holds a Christmas card from every year we’ve been together. But whatever you do, don’t save anyone else’s.
Taking just a little bit of time to purge and organize now will simplify your life so much when next Christmas season rolls around!