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!

Fix it Before You Put it Away & Buy Replacement Items

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.
After Christmas is the perfect time to take advantage of season clearance and stock up on replacement items like lights and artificial trees.  I was so happy to see replacement lights for our tree that had partially distinguished last year.  No need to run to the store and disrupt our decorating!

Stow Away Christmas Cards & Update Addresses

I love them and hate to just toss them at the end of the season SO we punch a hole in the corner and tuck them onto a little metal ring like these.  My kids love to flip through the cards throughout the year.  We place our card on top and we have years worth of photo cards!
Update addresses in your address book or on your compute.  Some years if I am in a time crunch I can print them off since it’s in an address template.  I have also used the list for baby announcements and invitations.  It seems people move and I add to my list annually so that way I know exactly where to start next year and how many cards to order.

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!  We also hang our wreaths in front of the totes on nails so they don’t get damaged.

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 Presents

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

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!

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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