Christmas Clean Up & Decluttering

December 27, 2009 by  

Decluttering Your Christmas decorations

Decluttering Your Christmas decorations

Christmas Clean Up & Declutting

Our decorations came down today. I don’t like keeping them up after Christmas long at all. It just makes me feel “cluttered”.
I LOVE them up before Christmas, but afterwards it just makes me think of all I have to do to get my house back together..and I am anxious to get things back to normal. When you pull out your Christmas bins to replace your decorations after the holidays….think about how many you didn’t use this year.

I know that each of the 4 bins that we brought up from the basement still had things in them that we didn’t put out. In the Christmas ornaments bins, there are ornaments that I usually don’t put up because they don’t really have any special memories and I don’t really care for them. So know what I did this year? I pitched them. I probably should have donated them, but some had some chips in them or just didn’t make me feel real good about donating….plus the fact that I was in “get rid of” mode.
I opened up those bins and there were items that we didn’t put out….I cleaned those out too.
It freed up some room and just made me feel good.

My advice for Christmas (or any holiday decorations) is:
1) If you haven’t used a decoration in the last 2 years….get rid of it. Pass it one to other family members, donate it or pitch it.
2) If you just don’t like a decoration and there are no special memories attached to it….get rid of it.
3) If it is broken or you can’t use it….get rid of it.

It feels good to have it done.

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5 Responses to “Christmas Clean Up & Decluttering”
  1. Dana says:

    We did ours today too and I feel great!

  2. In the Christmas ornaments bins, there are ornaments that I usually don’t put up because they don’t really have any special memories and I don’t really care for them, the really good thinking about it was cleaning them instead of throwing the ornaments, i really appreciate the idea behind it.

  3. Ashley Mott says:

    Sometimes nothing feel better than just tossing a bunch of unused items, whether they be Christmas ornaments, old magazines, etc. My husband and I always joke about how much stress we are taking off of the foundation!

  4. Anna says:

    I know exactly how you feel about the ‘cluttered’ feeling after Christmas. The tree just looks awkward without any gifts under it. I didn’t even put up a tree in my home this year. There really wasn’t a need, we live out in the country so no one was going to ‘not’ see our tree in the window and we spent the holiday with the kids at their house so what would be the point? I did put up a very small tree with decorations in my store, just so people would not think me a total bah-humbug scrooge.

    Ya know, it was actually kind of nice not having to put it all away afterwards. I think next year I may even give my decorations to my kids for their homes and donate what they don’t want…kind of takes the stress off not dealing with them all.

    Hope you have a Happy New Year!

    Anna (NannyAnna)

  5. Uggh, when I think about all of the things I’ve done wrong over the years packing away my stuff. Thanks for the advice. It will be used in the future.

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