Holiday Décor Declutter & Organizing – Part 2: The Take Down

Holiday Décor Declutter & Organizing – Part 2: The Take Down

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The holidays are over and now comes the not-so-fun part. Taking down, organizing, and storing your decorations. Here are some of my favorite tips that I share with my clients to make the process a bit easier now–and for decorating next year.

> Take the Time to Do It Right

Whether you like to take everything down on the 26th or leave it up until mid-January, taking the necessary time to organize your décor now will save you a lot of time and frustration next year.  This is not an exercise that you should rush through. I typically recommend devoting at least a day for this process (depending on how many decorations you have).

> Have Appropriate Storage

In my experience, one of the biggest space-eaters that I find among my clients is loose items that have been tossed in the attic. To help combat this culprit of clutter, try utilizing clear, uniform storage bins that stack to take advantage of vertical space and save you a ton of headaches. BONUS–They will also protect your stored items from extreme heat or cold while in your attic, garage or basement.

Pro Tip: Avoid storing your decorations in cardboard boxes! Over time, they can hold moisture, collapse, and attract bugs!

> Look at Everything Twice

Before packing it away to deal with next year, be sure to scrutinize what you have. Rate items 1 to 10 if that’s easier for you. Anything below a certain number goes to the donate bin for someone else to enjoy!

> Store by Area in Your Home

Do you always put the same decorations in the same places around your home each year? Designating a storage container by area (kitchen, mantle, foyer, etc.) will make it quick and easy to set up next year.

> Store by Like Kind

If you are the type of decorator that puts out a lot of items at the end as “finishing touches,” they may not always go in a particular spot. Decorative Christmas balls or greenery are great examples of this. In this case, I recommend sorting these items into like kinds and packing all-together. Decorated garland? Keep those decorations on and carefully fold into a bin. This makes it easier to put up next year.

> Holiday Hostess Gifts & Party Supplies

Do your family and friends gather at your home each year for holiday festivities? Between hostess gifs and seasonal supplies, keep these items together in a bin so you can easily find them for next year as events come up.

Pro Tip: Cut down on the clutter and donate holiday specific hostess gifts and part supplies in favor of more “evergreen” options that can be used year-round!

> Store Gift Wrap Separate

I recommend designating separate storage for holiday gift wrap, separate from non-holiday wrapping supplies. Holiday wrapping can range from simple bows, to elaborate ribbons and ties, so it is often easiest to keep them on their own. By doing this, you can easily see what you have and only deal with it once a year.

> Tree Décor and Accessories

Reuse supplies when you can! Do you have a lot of leftover tissue paper from holiday presents? Use it to wrap ornaments from your tree to keep them safe and minimize the potential for damage. Lights can take up a lot of space, so try wrapping them into a ball (starting with the female end to make it easier to plug in) to save space and keep them from tangling. Be sure to store in a separate bin from the outside lights so you easily know what goes where!

> LABEL, LABEL, LABEL!

Make sure you label all of your decoration storage and be specific! These labels from Amazon are great option and they are easy to change. Put them inside a clear bin so they are more protected but still easy to read.

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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The Declutter Challenge: Miscellaneous

The Declutter Challenge: Miscellaneous

January is a great time to start a home REFRESH – it’s the doldrums of winter, we are home A LOT and why not take a little time and LOVE your home again?

That’s why we are doing a home organization challenge concentrating on a different area of your home each weekend. How did it go last weekend when you organized the KITCHEN? Do you find that it was easier to prepare meals or put groceries away? Did you have more space on your counter?

Next up – MISCELLANEOUS!

You know, the annoying little items that are stuffed in drawers around your home – receipts, papers, junk mail, take out menus, old instruction manuals, old electronics and cords and MORE! These items might be hidden away so you or visitors can’t see them – until a door or drawer is opened. Or maybe you’re keeping them JUST IN CASE. The problem is that most of these items won’t be used in the future or just might be TRASH. But they are taking up valuable space or they keep you from finding what you are really looking for.

Some tips for organizing miscellaneous items:

  • Miscellaneous items are usually a pretty quick decision – you use it or you don’t. Also, there is usually not a sentimental attachment to items, so that helps, too.
  • Items can be found hidden in drawers, closets and cabinets. It’s messy but you can’t see it, so it’s easy to ignore – until you need to find something.
  • Sometimes it’s easy to work on one drawer at a time.
  • Gather items and sort by category. Decide where it’s going to live and where you can find it easy in the future.

We hope you have enjoyed the Declutter Challenge and are feeling organized to start the year off right! If you are still having trouble getting started, sign up for our newsletter and gain access to our FREE Declutter Quicklist. You’ll get our itemized checklist to help get the ball rolling, as well as even more spots in your home to declutter. Set a timer for 20 minutes and GO! At the end, either stop or continue. It’s that easy! If you need some assistance, encouragement, or just want to let me know how it goes…let’s chat! Schedule a call HERE.

The Declutter Challenge: Miscellaneous

The Declutter Challenge: Kitchen

January is a great time to start a home REFRESH – it’s the doldrums of winter, we are home A LOT and why not take a little time and LOVE your home again?

That’s why we are doing a home organization challenge concentrating on a different area of your home each weekend. How did it go last weekend with the weekend organizing challenge #2 – your CLOSETS? Do you find that it was easier to get ready in the morning? Did you have more space on your closet?

Next up – the KITCHEN!

I LOVE organizing kitchens. With the kitchen being the heart of the home, it is essential that it functions well, and people know where everything is located. Typically, people’s kitchen cabinets are stuffed (how many coffee mugs do you REALLY need???), so items end up on the countertop and reduces the working space available. And maybe since you’re working from home, you find that you are cooking differently. Now is a great chance to really re-organize for the life you’re living NOW – especially if you know you’re not going back to the office for a while.

Some tips for organizing a kitchen:

  • The kitchen can easily become a catch all area of the home. Depending on the space you have, only crucial items should be stored in the kitchen. (A bottle of ibuprofen – yes. A whole entire medicine cabinet taking up the prime real estate in your kitchen – no.)
  • Pull out kitchen items and sort by category. This is the messy, tedious part but then you can really see all the gadgets and duplicates you have and possibly don’t use.
  • Decide what you want to keep.
  • Figure out where it’s going to live depending on the space you have (drawers vs. cabinet vs. pantry) and ask if it NEEDS to live in your kitchen or could it be stored in somewhere else? The huge lobster pot you use once a year? Maybe that can live in the attic or garage.
  • Drawer organizers can help neatly keep things in place.
  • Give the inside of the cabinets and drawers a good deep cleaning while empty.
  • Put items back where it makes sense – keep frequently used stuff at your fingertips and things used less often you can tuck away.
  • After the kitchen, move onto the pantry – toss the expired food and spices and you’ll be amazed how much space you have!

Kitchen before and after

Having trouble getting started? Sign up for our newsletter and gain access to our FREE Declutter Quicklist. You’ll get our itemized checklist to help get the ball rolling, as well as even more spots in your home to declutter. Set a timer for 20 minutes and GO! At the end, either stop or continue. It’s that easy! If you need some assistance, encouragement, or just want to let me know how it goes…let’s chat! Schedule a call HERE.

Ready for the next step in the Declutter Challenge? Check it out HERE.

The Declutter Challenge: Miscellaneous

The Declutter Challenge: Bathroom

HAPPY NEW YEAR! It’s JANUARY – FINALLY!!

After the Christmas chaos, decorations are packed away, new gifts have found a home and your home is looking perfect – OR IS IT??!?!?

January is a great time to start a home REFRESH – it’s the doldrums of winter, we are home A LOT and why not take a little time and LOVE your home again?

That’s why we are starting a home organization challenge concentrating on a different area of your home each weekend. First up, the BATHROOM. WHY? It’s typically an easy place to start to hone your decision-making skills – few sentimental items, products you either use or you don’t, and it’s an area that you use every day.

 

Some tips:

  • Make your bed and put a blanket or old sheet on top to protect the covers. It’s great to use to spread everything out and easier than using the floor.
  • Start pulling out everything from your bathroom and sort by category and sub-category. For example – make up/ eyeshadow, mascara, hair products/ gels, shampoo… etc.
  • Decide what you want to keep.
  • Figure out where it’s going to live – does it NEED to live in your bathroom, or could it be stored in the linen closet? Backstock of extras or towels would be a good example.
  • Decide on a container that best suits what you’re keeping.
  • Give your bathroom a good deep cleaning.
  • Put things back where it makes sense and LABEL.

Having trouble getting started? Sign up for our newsletter and gain access to our FREE Declutter Quicklist. You’ll get our itemized checklist to help get the ball rolling, as well as even more spots in your home to declutter. Set a timer for 20 minutes and GO! At the end, either stop or continue. It’s that easy! If you need some assistance, encouragement, or just want to let me know how it goes…let’s chat! Schedule a call HERE.

Ready for the next step in the Declutter Challenge? Check it out HERE.

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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