8 Killer Hacks for Getting Organized After Christmas
The holidays are a joyous time with family and friends, but that seasonal glow can fade quickly when you’re faced with the aftermath: a house to clean up once all your guests have left. Getting your place back into shape can be a daunting task, but if you want to swing into the coming year with a clutter-free home try these tips to cut clutter and start the New Year on an organized note.
We hope you had the most Amazing Christmas this year. One of my resolutions for this year is to be more organized. As another year comes to a close, I decided now is the perfect time to get a jump start on my goal. While I absolutely adore decorating my home for the holidays, I’m starting to feel a bit over-cluttered in my home. Moreover, I’ve started to feel some anxiety on where I should start my Christmas de-cluttering adventure. There’s just so much to sort through and organize! Whenever I feel overwhelmed by tasks such as this, I like to break it apart into bite-sized, easier to handle pieces.
Step One for Getting Organized After Christmas: Disassemble the tree
This always makes my heart so sad. My family and I enjoy putting up the tree every year. This year was particularly special for me because my parents come down to Texas from Illinois and helped us decorate the tree. Save yourself a headache next year and take the time to properly put away all your ornaments. Use the original boxes and utilize helpful organization elements, such as our Amazing dish packs, which are quite handy for storing ornaments. Use as much care taking your tree down as you did putting it up to save you some headaches next year.
Keep Christmas lights from tangling by wrapping them around the empty tubes from your wrapping paper. Loop the cord around the roll, starting with the side opposite to the plug, then insert the plug into the tube’s opening. If you’ve already thrown away your gift wrap tubes, paper towel tubes work, too. You can repurpose used wrapping and tissue paper (if you haven’t recycled it yet) to wrap around them as you store them neatly into their boxes.
Take Down Decorations Room by Room
Remove linens, towels, etc and wash
Take down Christmas cards
I love receiving Christmas cards and try to keep them out as long as possible. I can’t stand throwing them all away, so I always look for ways to recycle or reuse them. Martha Stewart outlines a few of my favorite ways to reuse Christmas cards.
Take down the outdoor decorations
Use this time to get rid of what you don’t need
This is also a great time to consider re-gifting those “really, you shouldn’t have!” gifts. Hold an after-Christmas White Elephant exchange. Are you inviting friends for New Year’s Eve? Maybe you’re hosting a Super Bowl party this year? Ask everyone to bring a wrapped white elephant for a post-Christmas gift exchange. Stuck with unneeded or already read books? Consider an online swap! Websites like Paperback Swap and Book Mooch make it easy to turn that book into a welcome read.