The holidays are a wonderful time of year, but all the cooking, entertaining, and hosting can leave the house a bit disheveled. So if you’re looking for a way to hit reset, follow our decluttering tips and ideas for an organized home in the new year.
Organize Christmas Decorations
Holiday decorations come out of the closet once a year, so use this time as an opportunity to downsize your collection and implement smart storage solutions. It will make decorations easy to find next year and free up space for other uses.
Donate Unused Décor
Before you put everything away for next year, take a look at what decorations didn’t make it out of the storage bins at all. If they leave you feeling uninspired, donate or put on a community garage sale. You’ll free up space and make room to store the décor you do care about.
Toss What’s Broken
When it comes to holiday décor, there’s no reason to keep what’s broken or doesn’t work. Check for string lights with burnt out bulbs, ornaments without hooks, and tattered garland that are beyond repair.
Store Everything Else with Care
Designate a specific closet or area of your home to keep the Christmas décor you love organized and clean until next year. Invest in durable bins and plastic containers and label cardboard boxes so you can tell what’s inside at a glance. You may even opt for a Christmas tree bag or other specialty containers for ornaments and wreaths.
Deal with Gifts Right Away
Gifts may be a highlight of the holiday season, but the associated mess of having more “stuff” can also be overwhelming. Deal with gifts and wrapping right away, so you can start fresh in the new year.
Put Away Gifts You Want to Keep
Use the week between Christmas and New Years to find places for new belongings. For example, clear a space on the kitchen counter for your new espresso machine, or put your new book in the nightstand drawer. It’s an intentional act that furthers the gratitude of the gift received.
Sort Through the Toy Box
Use the week after Christmas to go through the play room and get rid of unwanted toys. Include kids in the process, too. Creating a special space for new toys can make is easier to get rid of toys that are dated or no longer played with.
Get Rid of Unwanted Gifts
There’s no shame in returning gifts that aren’t your style, especially when family and friends kindly include gift receipts. Return to the store or donate to a local thrift store.
Recycle Boxes and Wrapping Paper
While kept with good intentions, empty boxes take up valuable storage space and aren’t worth holding onto after the holiday. Scraps of wrapping paper can be recycled, too. If you love gifting year round, however, create a wrapping station where you can keep extra supplies tidy.
Sort Through Christmas Cards
Christmas cards are a lovely way to catch up with family and friends, but don’t feel obligated to keep them year after year. Set aside a small box to save special photos and toss or recycle the rest.
Take Inventory of Essentials
The holidays are a whirlwind of entertaining and hosting overnight guests, which can take a toll on many aspects of day-to-day life. Use this time of dis-array to take inventory of home essentials and restock before the new year.
Clean Out the Refrigerator
The end of the year is a great time to overhaul your food storage. Check expiration dates on refrigerated goods and toss stale pantry items. Canned goods or boxed products that aren’t expired (but you know you’ll never use) can be donated to a local food pantry.
Restock Cleaning Supplies
With holiday entertaining comes lots and lots of household chores, so the end of December is a good opportunity to restock your cleaning supplies. Throw out old bottles and reorganize under-the-sink shelves and bins.
Assess Your Linens (and Other Guest Essentials)
Once guests have left, take inventory of bath towels, sheet sets, hand soap, and shampoo. Get rid of torn or tattered linens and donate what didn’t get used at all. Fill or recycle empty bottles of hygiene product, too. Even if there’s a little bit left, you’ll likely want something fresh for your next round of guests.
Use your free time over the holiday wisely and enter the new year stress-free. No matter how you choose to declutter and organize, you’ll find it well-worth the process.