You have seen parts of my house. I know most of you have the same sort of issues of your own homes looking like it is Santa's personal workshop.
The days between Christmas and New Years are when I start to take a good hard look at the Holiday decor 'stuff'.
I am no expert...I am pretty good at acquiring and decluttering, but I am not a professional. Nonetheless, I am going to tell you what I have been doing the last couple years to weed out what we simply don't need anymore. I will never be a minimalist in my Christmas decorating, but I do want to be surrounded by things we absolutely love. Not just items that are filling space. Here we go.
1--Do a quick walk through the entire house and see if there is anything shouting at you to donate it. If it shouts, pick it up and put it in the donate pile. I don't care if it was a gift you just received this year from someone you greatly admire. If you don't love it, let it go.
2--Bring your decoration boxes out to pack things away and get out your big garbage bags. You will need 2 to 6 depending on how much you need to clear out. I always start with 2.
3--One bag is going to be for donations and the other bag is going to be for clearing out garbage or paperwork or such that doesn't get donated. It is always hiding somewhere. Recycle any old magazines you come across.
4--If you declutter regularly, this isn't going to be too painful. You know you can tackle much in one good sweep. If you don't declutter regularly, let's just focus on clearing out CHRISTMAS ITEMS YOU DO NOT LOVE. Stay focused. CHRISTMAS ONLY.
5--Pick up each item and see what it says to you. If it bats it's eyelashes and coos to you in a loving manner and you cannot even imagine celebrating another Christmas without it, obviously, it is to be kept forever in your possession. Pack that away carefully in one of your Rubbermaids or boxes designated specifically for Christmas Decorations.
6--If you pick up any item that won't make eye contact or seems to say "Meh" at you, immediately put it in one of the bags to donate. Do it fast. If you hear it trying to purr a little, ignore it. Continue on.
7--Do this through the room you have decorated and as you dismantle the tree. It doesn't take all that much longer that normally putting decorations away.
8--When you are done: Put the Christmas Boxes away, throw the garbage bags away, stick the old magazines in the recycling bin and put the donation bags in the back of your car and take to Goodwill or where ever you do your drop to donate. You are going to love the feeling you get once it is all 'put away', so do it immediately. Trust me on this.
So my question for you is: When do you put your decorations away? Is it the day after Christmas? New Years? 6th day of January?
We are going to start within the next day or two.