With the holidays becoming a distant memory and the January doldrums now upon us, it is an opportune time to start making good on that old and familiar resolution of getting organized and following through with it.
At this point in the year, a good place to start is with all of the holiday decorations that need to be put away. Take a good hard look at what was used and especially what was not used this season. Whatever brings you joy and fond memories is a keeper as well as things that might spark your creative juices at some time in the foreseeable future. Items that you are tired of, dated or just there out of a sense of duty are candidates that can move on to greener pastures.
Once it is established what is staying and what is going, think about a system for packing it away that is logical and efficient for next year. Along with death and taxes, shortage of time during the holidays is another unavoidable part of the human condition.
Choose a game plan that will work for you. For instance, put similar items together or pack up a room in one container. Just keep in mind that the size of the container should be reasonable and not too heavy or bulky especially if stairs and the attic are involved. Most, if not all, of the holiday decor should be stored in one place in order to avoid the frantic treasure hunt for it next year. We have all been there and done that.
Once the job is done, bask in the glory for a moment but not too long. Start thinking about what to tackle next and act on it. Before you know it, you will be keeping your resolution and be well on your way to a simpler and more organized lifestyle.
For more information and tips, visit Organizing Holiday Decorations by The Container Store.