Declutter and Organize Your Decorations
Along with the fun of decorating for the holidays, there was always a bit of dread for having the tackle the unruly, messy and downright ugly corner of the storage room where the "Christmas stuff" resides. A sad disaster of mismatched boxes, dusty broken plastic totes and water damaged cardboard boxes.
This year, I have vowed to simplify my life and declutter my home and I have attacked my Christmas chaos with a vengeance. First of all, I had my husband bring all of it upstairs and lay it out in the family room. Then I went through it box, by box. If it has not been put out in the house, hung on the wall or on the tree in the last two years, out it goes. I had two boxes, one that was trash and one that I will put on freecycle.org for those that are less fortunate and need some decorations. My boxes of tree ornaments, I left to go through after the Christmas tree is up. We got a new tree last year and I am reserving judgment of which ornaments get the axe, till then.
The junk i found was unbelievable. The questionably tasteful (?) wreath I made with the mauve and gold poinsettias and gold beads. (to go with my formal living room I used to have that was Victorian) Awful plastic yard ornaments. Horrid plastic evergreen wreaths. Beat up candles and chipped candle holders. Ugly candy dishes. Light up ceramic dogs, and no less than 7 tree skirts. Unreal! All i could do was shake my head and wonder what in the heck I was thinking, storing all this junk for decades.
So after deciding what to keep, I wanted a way to organize it all, neatly. I got online and shopped around for Christmas decoration organizers. I found some really nice ones that were fairly inexpensive and exactly what I needed. A nice box for my wrapping paper and gift bags, one for my ornaments and one for my 24 inch wreath and one for my 30 inch outside wreath. I even found one that has a multiple reel and storage bag for your Christmas lights. I bought a nice, zippered bag for my new tree. and a couple big, deep totes for the stuff I put on my shelves and tables. I can hardly wait to get the stuff I ordered and organize!
No more dusty, ugly, jumble of junk in the corner of the storage room. Now it will be a nice group of pretty, stacked boxes. A place for everything I need and use, and everything in its place. No more guilt for the mess of my holiday hodgepodge. One less thing to be stressed about.
If you decisively remove or re-do the things that stress you out during the holidays, one at a time, you will find meaning and joy previously lost in stress, worry and guilt. Find your way back to a simple, happy season.