I don’t know what it’s like at your house, but pre-Christmas, the holiday our family celebrates, my home sparkled. The tree lights, candles, gold accents and even the clean surfaces shone. I simply adore that time. In fact, next year I’ve noted to schedule a dinner or party earlier in December to ensure that I’ll do the necessary deep clean and tidy, and enjoy the benefits of a decorated home for even longer!
After a few days of entertaining and then the big day itself, however, things can quickly get out of hand. We enjoyed the burst of stockings and explosion of gifts in the living room, but we are just a couple of days after Christmas and it’s clear we need to restore order to be able to relax and enjoy our home again.
- Set limits to your collection. Use a number of shelves or storage bins to define the amount you keep. If you bought something new this year, find the appropriate volume of things to let go of. One in, one out is a great approach, but in this case, consider size – it does matter.
- Let go of sentimental-yet-not-good-enough-to-display items. In this case your camera is your best friend. Group items on a holiday tray or table cloth and take a photo. Keep the photo and let go of the decorations.
- Dispose of items that are damaged or broken. They have a negative energy and can detract from the finished look.
- Label boxes so you can find a particular item easily. For example, Lights, Tree Ornaments, Table Settings, Mantel Decorations.
- Consider choosing decorative items that are not specific to the holiday. My red table cloths are used year round and I chose holiday plates that are festive yet do not have a specific to Christmas theme which means they stay out too. This year I think I’ll leave some holiday lights up outside on the back deck for rest of the winter. I like the sparkle of holiday lights and am always a bit saddened to pack them away.
Stay tuned for a second post on storage tips and tools for holiday decorations from my segments on the Boxing Day Basics edition of The Marilyn Denis Show.