Happy Holiday Decluttering!

It's time to declutter all the Holiday decorations & trimmings!


Traditionally, the Christmas Tree is up before Thanksgiving, or shortly after. Either way, it’s a perfect time to declutter the tree and all its trimmings.


 

PLAN

  • What will be your Holiday theme, style and colors?

  • Does what you own match your Holiday theme?

  • When are you going to bring it all out in order to go through it?

  • How much time will this take?

  • How much time are you willing to dedicate to decorating?

  • Where are you going to place the tree?

  • Where are you going to place the rest of the decorations?

  • Will you need to buy any new trimmings, decoration, or Holiday storage? If yes, when?

  • Now set a date and time. Get the rest of the family involved.



CATEGORIZE: once you decide the day you will put up your tree and decorations, categorize all the items.

  • stockings

  • garlands

  • string lights

  • ornaments

  • by color

  • by size

  • by character (Nutcracker, Santa, etc)

  • heirlooms/handmade

  • wrapping

  • ribbon

  • Holiday table settings and host items


EDIT & CONSOLIDATE

  • Throw out any items that are broken, no longer useful, or the family doesn’t like.

  • Go through each category, edit any large quantities, and pick what you like. You will only be left with items that can be donated, or pitched.

  • Consolidate all things wrapping, especially if you are going with a theme. If they do not match the theme, pitch it.



DONATE or PITCH

  • While we are still in the middle of a pandemic with Covid, I recommend not to donate anything.

  • If your building, neighborhood, or town, has a decorates for the Holidays, ask if they would accept your donations.

  • Just like clothing, if you didn’t use it last year (pre-Covid), you will not be using it this year so donate or discard it.

  • Discard anything broken.

  • Pitch scraps of wrapping paper, old cards that have yellowed, and any gift boxes or gift bags that look used.

 

MY STORY

In the beginning of November, I went through all my cards, wrapping paper, gift bags, gift boxes. I was able to place the items I no longer wanted in the common area of my building. It was gone within the hour!

On Sunday, November 29th, I will bring out all my Christmas items and do exactly what I suggest for you to do in this post. Monday, the 30th, it will all go up!

 

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