Monday, January 2, 2012

goodbye Christmas clutter...hello clean slate!

I love Christmas. I really do! But I also love when everything is all put away from the Christmas craziness and my house looks brand new again! It's amazing how much the Christmas decor also adds to the clutter of the house. Don't get me wrong, I love the festivity of it all, but I also like a clean slate. Which brings me to...Day 1 is here (well, technically it was here...I'm just a little behind on blogging about it). Ask Anna asked US to take care of that ready to be put away Christmas decor and say goodbye until next year. And that I did! I will confess the tree is still up, but there aren't any ornaments on it. Does that count? We're just waiting for a good time to actually get it out of the house - dead pine needles and all. Our last couple of nights have been a little busy.

I am big into bins, totes, containers, you name it...if it organizes, I'm into it. And I store all of my Christmas stuff into bins and bins and bins. I haven't crossed over to the "other side" in going all green and red for my Christmas decor (but oh how tempting that is!!). I just can't justify forking over the money when we have bins that work just fine (even if they are blue and purple).

Here are my lovely bins in all their massive glory. I think I might have acquired maybe one (dare I say two?) more bins since I last blogged about my Christmas storage 2 years ago.

But back to THIS YEAR...

The best thing for me to do when putting away my Christmas decor is to gather it all up in one location. I just walk around the house and grab this, that, and the other and bring it all to one big pile. This way the kids can help (with the unbreakables) and I can survey the amount of Christmas stuff I own.

One of the tasks the kids had this year was to take their own ornaments off the tree and place them each in a pile ( picture - just visualize what that would look like!) Since they were born, each of the kids have had their own ornament box, so that when it comes time for another year of decorating the tree, they get to pull their own ornaments out and oooh and aaah over them (like this year!!)

Our misc. family and snowflake ornaments get stored away in this nifty little container that locks together, but there are individual trays. How cool is this?! Can't remember when I got it, but I love it!

A couple of years ago I found this ornament box in the AFTER CHRISTMAS CLEARANCE!! How there was one left and I got it...I still don't know. But I couldn't store my ornament bulbs without it (well, I suppose I could because pretty organizers aren't everything, but they sure are lovely to look at!)

While sorting out all of the Christmas items, I set aside anything that I haven't used in years and am willing to let go. I try to do this little by little every year because I always end up adding at least one or two things to my Christmas decor each year. My pile seemed a bit on the wimpy side this time around, but at least there are a few things headed to my garage sale bin!

And a bonus tip is to set aside a box with any little goodies that you plan to give for next Christmas. I always seem to find a few cute things when I'm browsing the after-Christmas clearance to add to stockings or whatever it may be and it's nice to have a special place for them.

I usually take pictures of my Christmas decor, but this year I didn't - drats! But look at my lonely looking mantle with no stockings hung with care. On my list of projects (which, by the way thanks to Pinterest is getting extremely long!) is a mantle makeover.

Now before I move onto Valentine's Day decorations, Ask Anna encouraged us to do a major cleaning of our clean slate and although I haven't vacuumed up the pine needles yet (remember? I'm still waiting to remove that tree!) I did take the time to dust!


Liz @ Sugarplum Creations said...

I love organizing after Christmas too. I love decorating, I love Christmas, but when it's over; it's over. And I want it put away! :) You're a little more organized than I am, though! :)

Dawn said...

happy new year! my tree and decorations are still up and i need major organization over here!! love your idea of a box for each child for their ornaments-great idea!

Sarah said...

Nicely done and I'm happy to see that nothing I've ever gotten you ended up in the garage sale pile! ;-)

Jen said...

We keep all our Christmas stuff in bins as well. The past 2 years, I started storing stuff according to the room it belongs in, and it really makes decorating easy.

Xazmin said...

I LOVE your ornament box! How pathetic is it that I still haven't taken down my Christmas stuff?? I dread it!

I bet I would like it better if I had a cool ornament box like that!!

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