Have you put away your holiday decor yet? While some of us look forward to disassembling the tree and packing away the elves and holly as soon as the presents are opened (ahem…Mother), others like to extend the merry and still have our homes in full jungle-bell-mode. (Procrastinators, just go ahead and use that excuse.) 😉
If you still have “Put away holiday decorations” on your To Do List, read this first!
Now is a fantastic time to do a holiday decor PURGE. Take a look at your inventory, especially those items you did not put out, and get rid of those that meet any of the following criteria:
1. You no longer love it… If you didn’t put an item out during the holiday season, chances are good that it is not doing much more than taking up storage space. Donate or give away any that are still in good condition. Are you keeping something you don’t like just because someone gave it to you? Gifts are given because the gift-giver loves YOU, not the gift. They generally do not want you to keep something that you don’t enjoy. Donate or re-gift the item (yes, re-gifting is okay – I’ve checked with the etiquette experts.)
2. It’s cracked, broken, or worn… If an item is broken and you plan to fix it, do so before you pack up. If you’ve been storing a broken item with the thought that you’re going to fix it someday, face the fact that “some day” is not likely going to arrive. Free yourself from this type of clutter, and toss what is broken, cracked, or missing pieces. Also, please note that if an item is too worn for you to be inspired to showcase it during the holidays, no one else is likely to want it either. Donate only gently-used items; toss the rest.
3. Lights no longer work… Did you know that holiday lights can be recycled? If you live near Oak Park, take your light strands to Public Works at 201 South Blvd. on Mondays-Fridays between 7:30a and 3:30p. Don’t live near Oak Park? Do an internet search for your town’s name plus the keywords “holiday light recycling.”
Purging your unwanted holiday decorations is actually a relatively quick organizing task. Add this to your To Do List and you will thank yourself when you are decorating for the 2015 holiday season.
Happy New Year to all!