After the day of Christmas I like to get a jumpstart on preparing for a fresh New Year.
For me that means that nothing Christmas-y can be left out, because that is kind of like bringing the old into the new (which is a big no-no for me).
For many of us moms our living rooms are stilled filled of toys and clutter from the magic of Christmas, but now we want our lives and homes to return to some type of normalcy that it was before the holidays ensued.
I feel you, mom, I really do.
So I thought I would share a few tips that might help you get inspired to reclaim your space and get your home back to normal again. I hope they are a blessing to you.
1.Put away the Christmas decor - I prefer starting fresh for the new year so I take my tree down pretty much a day or two after Christmas. Some tools you might find useful doing this in an organized way are:
Tree bag or box:
These are great because they protect your tree and keep it from getting dusty!
Christmas light box and wrapper/reel:
When you wrap your lights around a reel or board it helps them not get tangled--and we all know what a nuisance tangled lights are!
Gift Wrap Organizer
This gift wrap organizer helps to keep all your wrapping paper in one place. I have something similar but it is an upright plastic container.
And this bigger organizer pictured above even has a place for bows, ribbon, tape, and bags or boxes!
This is good for wrapping delicate Christmas decorations that you don't want damaged while stored.
I like these green and red bins because they are easy to find and everyone knows they are for Christmas storage only!
You can find these HERE.
2. Find a home for everything new - "A place for everything and everything in it's place". Some families like to replace something old with what is new. This helps them not to become overwhelmed with too many material "things" which can take up precious space and time.
3. Organize closets and rooms - if it is not already organized, now is a great time to do it! Tackle those closets--you won't regret it later. I like to use storage bins and label them for better efficiency.
You can find bins HERE.
4. Delegate and dispatch teams - if you have older children make sure they help you. You don't need to do everything by yourself.
5. Declutter and toss - get rid of old or broken toys if they don't play with them anymore and pass it on to someone who will or donate it. I try to be a little ruthless here, I always find that less is more and always appreciate the gained space later. I also tend to want to sometimes do a deep clean as well.
6. Simplify - Start the new season FRESH--I always like to keep the decorating simple and easy. Maybe a flower vase here or there but mostly just try to go for clean and spacious--if that's possible with nine kids!
What else would you add?
Well, I'm off to go tackle the house--enjoy your Christmas break!
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