Uncomplicate your holidays

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(any) Holiday Decor Organizing Tips

Normally you don’t see tips on holiday organizing except in reference to Christmas but there are holidays throughout the year that need to be organized as well. While there may not be as many decorations as Christmas, other holidays signify changes in decor: Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Independence Day, etc. They need their own place as well so you can find them at the appropriate time.

For any holiday that includes its own decor or entertaining paraphernalia, you need to designate a specific home for keeping it when it’s not in season. It could be a shelf in a closet or a bin (or several) with a lid–whatever suits your needs. You just need to group it all together by season or occasion.

There is nothing that puts you OUT of the holiday season faster than not being able to find all of your decor when it’s time to use it. Having them all together will save you frustration as well as time and money not buying duplicates.

I personally prefer clear plastic bins for myself and for clients so that you can see what’s inside. However, colored or patterned bins can be fun, too. Again it’s your choice and needs to meet your needs.

Label the bins with the appropriate holiday. It’s easy to label a plastic bin with white duct tape and a marker which is what I use all the time. If you need to change out the bin, the tape comes off easily. You can also use a label maker if you have one.

I also like using bins with lids so that you can stack them out of the way on higher shelves in your closet when not in use. Once the season rolls around you just pull out the appropriate bin and decorating is easy, fun, and stress free, the way it should be!

Happy organizing!

Make the holidays easier

holidays easierSo we just finished Thanksgiving and it seems like the second the dishes were put away, Christmas started. I am one of the few people in my neighborhood who did not put up decorations this past weekend. I do love decorating for the season but I like to savor it along the way instead of rushing to get it done…like it’s a chore.

Too many people feel overwhelmed every other day of the year and the holidays can exacerbate that feeling of gotta get it done, made, bought, wrapped, sent, etc. Even the best intended can get too wrapped up in trying to do everything and thereby enjoy nothing of the season.

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Day 21: 30 Day Challenge

Day 21: Old Christmas Cards

I know some of you are not going to be happy with me but, yes, I threw away (actually recycled) old Christmas cards. Yes, the ones that you painstakingly posed your family for a lovely photograph or glued your fingers together for a glitter fest that was beautiful. In December. Of last year. Or the year before.

day 21I love Christmas cards and think they are a wonderful way of staying in contact with friends and family and sharing annual updates. I savor the cards during the season and post them up in my house. They are a highlight of my Christmas decorating which means they come down just like the tree and the wreaths and ornaments.

You just can’t save everything.

Do you have a stash of old cards? Do you regularly keep them? Do you think I’m crazy for throwing out cards?

Happy organizing!