Over in the United Kingdom, Canada, Hong Kong,Australia and many countries throughout the world, today is known as Boxing Day. This is their day to give gifts. While some of our International readers are opening up their boxes, we here in the States are preparing to close ours back up for another year. I’m referring to holiday decor, are you boxing yours up already or do you wait for the New Year?
Out with the Old
As a family, we have a tradition of decorating our home the weekend after Thanksgiving. I find this to be a perfect time to sort through all of the decorations as I unpack them. I list our old ornaments and decorations on the local Freecycle board.
It’s a joy to be able to give things I may not need to someone else. I’ve found the experience can sometimes be priceless as I bless someone with a box of ornaments or even an artificial tree that I may not be able to use anymore!
Let me encourage you, as you begin taking down your decor, to sort through the ornaments and decorations you may not use next year. Put any decorations you don’t plan to use in a box and label it FREECYCLE. You may put an extra special smile on someone’s face next year.
Organize the New
Now, let’s turn our attention to the decorations you do plan to use next year (and for consecutive years). The easiest way I’ve found to organize my Christmas decor is with plastic storage containers. If you have multiple rooms you plan on decorating next year, why not set aside a storage container for each area? As you go from room to room, you might label the containers so next year you know where everything is to go.
You’ll want to take special care of those fragile items that mean so much. You might recycle old worn-out towels to wrap fragile decorations in before placing them in boxes. You could also use newspapers or plastic grocery bags to carefully store them away.
When taking down outdoor lights, take them apart strand by strand and plug end into end so that next year you can test one strand at a time before stringing them all together. This will also save you time next year, because you won’t be untangling a large mess of wires and lights!
Do you have large outdoor decorations or wreaths? You could cover large decorations in tarps or plastic wrap before storing them in the attic or shed. Wreaths take a little more care. You can buy wreath bags in stores, but if you have a few of those plastic zipper bags (that quilts, duvets, and comforters come in) that would work too.
Preparing for next year
Did you know most stores mark Christmas items off by 50% the day after Christmas? If you feel like you could brave the stores again, you could stock up on next year’s lights, a new artificial Christmas tree ( if needed), decorations or gift wrap.
How do you like to pack away all of your holiday decor?