Holiday Décor Declutter & Organizing – Part 1: Putting Up

Holiday Décor Declutter & Organizing – Part 1: Putting Up

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The stores already have lights and trees up and the new, shiny, and sparkly items litter the aisles. It’s easy to picture them in your space while the urge to fill your home is tempting you to buy ALL. THE. THINGS.

But wait – don’t forget about ALL of the décor you already have stuffed in your attic! If you’re like most people, it’s probably TOO MUCH.

Here are a few tips on how to deal with it and possibly make room for new stuff!

>Don’t start too early.
No one wants to pull out ALL the Christmas decorations in July and declutter and organize it – you’re just not in the right head space. I suggest pulling EVERYTHING out just before each holiday and plan to declutter WHILE you are decorating, which will save time.

>Sort like items together.
Group items so you can see what you have and it’s easier to pick out your favorites to keep.

>Put it up or put it out.
Give each piece a second look – if you love it,
especially after not seeing it for a year, put it up for decoration. If you don’t love it, put it out for donation. Let’s face it, decorations don’t last forever – they get worn and tired over time and styles and colors change. So, if you keep looking at an item and year after year it goes back into a bin instead of being displayed for the holiday season, it’s time to say goodbye. If there are sentimental items that you just can’t part with, put those aside in a separate container. Also keep in mind that the fewer decorations you have, the less time it will take to decorate and put away at the end of the season.

>Containers are Key!
Once decorations are up, you can idea of how many and what kind of storage containers you will need. Cardboard boxes are not my favorite in storage areas – they hold moisture, attract bugs, and breakdown over time. The red and green ones seem like a good idea, but in the long run make it more difficult if you need more. These CLEAR BINS have been my go-to for years – they are budget-friendly and the clear containers make it easy to see through. And I like putting the LABELS on the inside so they don’t get ripped off or torn. Also, they are not too big which can get too heavy. I also love using large and small zippered food storage container bags to separate items.

>Organize Gift Wrap Supplies.
Again – though you may be enamored by fun new wrapping paper, ribbons and bows each year, see what you have first before buying new. I think it’s easiest to keep Christmas wrap separate from non-holiday wrapping. This wrapping paper storage solution is a great option for keeping your gifting supplies organized and easily accessible. Toss or recycle any paper that’s old or you know you won’t use in the future.

Less Clutter, More Life

If these tips worked for you, share some pictures of your holiday décor clean-up! Or if you are feeling overwhelmed and would like some help, let’s chat!

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Stay tuned for Part 2 – Tips for Putting Décor Away

5 Garage Organization Ideas to Make Your Life Easier

5 Garage Organization Ideas to Make Your Life Easier

Wouldn’t it be nice to park your car in the garage this winter when it’s cold outside? Imagine not feeling stressed when walking through your garage to enter your home at the end of a busy day? It’s amazing some of the people I talk to don’t even care about parking in their garage – and the people without a garage would love to park in one!

Garage clutter is one of those things on the To Do List that’s easy to put off – who wants to spend their precious weekend cleaning out the garage when it would be so much more fun and relaxing to hit some breweries with friends or go hiking with the fam?

If you do find yourself at the breaking point with your garage, here are some things to keep in mind while organizing:

1.    Pull Everything Out of the Garage

That’s right! Everything needs to come out of the garage and be sorted by category – tools, lawn and garden equipment, kid’s stuff, pool/beach stuff, sports equipment, holiday décor, home project supplies, etc. By doing this, you can easily see what you have…and maybe have too much of!

2.    Donate What You Don’t Need

Now that it’s all in front of you, you can easily edit the stuff you don’t want or use anymore – donate, sell or trash. There are usually lots of toys and sports equipment that the kids outgrow or that is no longer used laying around taking up valuable space.

3.    Identify Your Ideal Storage Solution

Figure out what the best kind of shelving and containers will be for you! Ask yourself, “Where are they are going to live in the garage – or can some items be relocated to another storage area?”

I often tell my clients that taking advantage of vertical shelving is key to keeping the floor clear and being able to park your car in your garage. These heavy-duty plastic shelves are a favorite of mine and a great way to create more storage. Plus, they are budget-friendly! You’ll get stuff off the floor so it’s less likely to fall over or get dirty. This is especially good for lawn and sports equipment.

The Rubbermaid Fast Track is easy to install and is versatile enough to hang all sorts of items. If you have tall ceilings, a loft shelf is a great way to create extra space for items you don’t use very often – camping equipment, turkey fryer, holiday décor, etc.

See more of my favorite storage tools on my Amazon list.

4.    Clean Your Garage

It might seem like a small thing but taking the time to clean your garage is a step that many people overlook. Refresh your walls with a coat of paint while you are at it and you’d be surprised how much it can improve the space.

5.    Organize Strategically

Put items back in their bins strategically so you (and others!) can keep the garage organized and functional!

6.    Enjoy Your Newly Organized Garage Space

Now that the hard work is done, you can finally enjoy parking in the garage this winter while everyone is running late scraping the ice off their windshield!

 

Less Clutter, More Life

If these tips worked for you, share some pictures of your garage clean-up! Or if you are feeling overwhelmed and would like some help, let’s chat!

 

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