Organization Tips #5
Clear Out Decorations at Holiday Time
This is the best time to sort through all those holiday decorations we accumulate. For some reason it seems strange to purge holiday decorations. Either someone gave them to use, or we think we may still use them one year.
If you have 4th of July decorations that you are getting out for the 4th – Be sure to look in that bin or box and see when the last time was that you used all of the decorations in that box.
If you didn’t use it last year for the holidays and you decide not to use it this year, then donate it if it is good enough shape. If it is faded or broken, or torn – then either recycle or pitch it!
I worked with a client the other day who gave me some insight. She has MS and has trouble getting around. She also has oodles of Christmas decorations. I looked around at all her beautiful displays and asked if she had decorated herself (because I had a hard time picturing this much of a creativity side of her husband…no offense. LOL) She said, “No…I just direct.” I thought how frustrating that must be. To have the desire to do so many things in life and have a disability or disease that doesn’t let your body do what your mind wants to.
Then she shared with me something I have seen before, but never thought to be used in this way. She took a picture of her decorations up and displayed the way she likes them (last year or the year before I think) and posted that picture on the bin with those supplies in it. Brilliant!
Each person helping her just brings that bin up and knows exactly where and how to put the decorations.
So simple but most of us would never have thought to do so.
This is a fantastic idea for any of us to use. In the spirit of Christmas or other holiday, if you know someone who has troubles getting around themselves, help them do it this year! Take a picture close up and one a little further back (to see exactly the location) of their decorations. Help them to load just that set up or two in a bin and post the picture on the outside.
Love it! Thanks Becky!