10 Simple Tips to Organize After Christmas

Tips to organize after Christmas

How is Christmas over already?  Now that it is, I want a nap.  Then, it’s time to tackle cleaning up!   Taking a little extra time and organizing after Christmas will help set us up for success for next year.  Take some time now and thank yourself later!  Trust me!

10 Simple Tips to Organize After Christmas

Fix it Before You Put it Away 

If you want to finish up a craft, laminate an activity or fix a broken ornament — do it now.  I always think I will remember or have time next year and that’s never the case.

Buy Replacement Items

After Christmas is the perfect time to take advantage of season clearance and stock up on replacement items like lights and artificial trees.  It never fails, you’ll need a string of lights next holiday season.  

Deal with Christmas Cards 

I love them and hate to just toss them at the end of the season SO we punch a hole in the corner of the ones we want to keep and place them on a little metal ring like these.  

We store them away with the holiday decor.  My kids love to flip through the cards every year.  We laminate our Christmas card and place it on top. 


Update Addresses

Take a moment to update addresses in your address book or in an excel spreadsheet on your computer.  It seems like a tedious task but one you will thank yourself for later.  

When a letter or package needs to be sent throughout the year, you won’t have to hunt down the address of the recipient.


Label Your Totes

When I pack away my Christmas gear, I label what’s inside and each year I re-label if need be.  You would be surprised when you need something random in the middle of the year and the last thing you want to do is dig through every box.

This year I forgot to label which box our elf was in and guess who made a premature appearance.  Label the box your elf is in, take it from me.


Place Like Things Together

I have one box for all of my Christmas tree decor.  My ribbons, lights, tree skirt and star plus some ornaments.  Then, I have a box just for my stair garland.

We store all of our Christmas decorations in Rubbermaid totes.  We built custom shelves that fit these totes 3 across perfectly.  I love that everything is in plastic so heaven forbid there’s heavy rain and our basement has water, everything is safe!  

Store Tree in A Tree Bag

If you have an artificial tree, store it in a tree bag like this.  It prevents it from getting dusty and protects it.  

If you have a live tree, make sure you check your local ordinances of how to dispose of it correctly.

after christmas organization tips wreath storage

Store Wreaths

We hang our wreaths on nails we affix to our unfinished 2×6 wall in our store room.  Hanging them up means they don’t get damaged and they are easily accessible to switch out throughout the year.

If you don’t have storage on your walls, try storing your wreaths in garbage bags to protect them from damage.

Make a Donate Bin & Label

Place any items you didn’t use this year in a separately labeled tote so that you can donate or consign at the beginning of the Christmas season next year.  Most places will not take Christmas items now so it pays to be organized and ready!

Organize & Find Homes for Presents

Find every gift a home.  You can read more about how I organize toys in this post.

After Christmas Organization Tips winter decor

Clean & Redecorate

Now, last but not least a house can look sparse when all the Christmas decor disappears.  It’s the perfect opportunity to do a quick deep clean.  Then, redecorate with your everyday decor!

Sometimes, I will leave a few wintery type items out for a bit longer so the house doesn’t feel quite so bare after all the holiday decor.


Take a Deep Breath, You Are All Ready for Next Year

Pat yourself on the back, you did it!  As sad as it is to leave Christmas behind for the year, it feels so good to organize, purge and prepare for the upcoming year.  When we do it right now, we will be so thankful next Christmas!


Until next time keep on keeping on with a simple purposeful life!

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