Tips for storing Christmas Decorations

It is hard to believe that Christmas has now been and gone and we are fast approaching another new year – 2015.

So let me ask you when do you put away your Christmas decorations?   No doubt there are many different answers to this one question.  Personally I don’t believe there is a right time to do this and in my family we like to make sure ours are down and away before New Year.  Golden-Christmas-ornaments-christmas-Circle

Rather than just pack it all up now would be a useful time to go through all your Christmas decorations and confirm you are likely to use them all over again next year.

Here are some tips for storing Christmas Decorations. Ask yourself these questions during this process:

  • Are they in working order?  Is anything broken?  Can it be fixed or does it need to be thrown out?
  • Do you use all these decorations every year?  If you have decorations you haven’t used for a year or two then maybe consider donating or passing on.
  • Do you have a lot of the same thing?  Ask yourself do you really need that many of the same ornament or the 2 or 3 Christmas trees?
  • Have you accumulated lots of things like bowls, plates and linen that you only use at this time of year?  I know each year we seem to get another new bowl or plate given to us. Assess whether you need to keep all of them or could you donate a few?
  • Are you holding onto decorations out of guilt?  This could include holding on to something someone gave you even though you don’t like it. Take control of your decorations and let it be you and your family who determine your family keepsakes not others. A good rule of thumb is that if ‘you don’t love it then get rid of it’.

These questions will assist you to make sure you only pack up what you will be using next Christmas and not be taking up valuable space for 12 whole months.

So now that you have decided to pack them away for another year the next question to ask yourself is where and how do you store them?   Try and limit the space you have and keep it in one spot.  Ideally it should be a space that is not as easily accessible ie an attic, top of a cupboard or outside in a shed or garage.

A great storage idea is to use plastic tubs so that they are well protected.  I had a client recently tell me that as a result of my advice last Christmas she found it much easier to get her decorations out again this year.  One thing though make sure is that they will fit in the space where you intend to store them so get the right size.  Another tip is to ensure your lights are not tangled and I suggest that you use something as simple as a piece of cardboard for this – wrap them around before storing away.  It is also a good idea to label everything and finally it might be worth putting in a list of things you will need, to purchase or replace next year, so that you will know straight away what else you need when you get them out.

Now you will be ready to do it all over again come 1 December 2015!

So what action will you take in storing Christmas decorations in your home – will you use some of these tips or just box it all up and deal with next year?

Happy New Year!

 

Thinking Differently about Christmas Gifts

Christmas continues to be one of my favourite times despite the fact is seems to approach quicker with each passing year.

Since becosanta-hat-beachming a professional organiser I have been rethinking the type of gifts I give at Christmas.  Rather than give family and friends material items that add to the stuff they have in their homes I try to come up with other ideas.  I think most people would agree that we have enough stuff and who really needs more?

In actual fact how often do you get gifts that you do not really like, would not wear, display in your home or use in your day-to-day lives?  I know I have been guilty of regifting on occasions have you?

So this year why not think about intangible gifts or experiences.  No one seems to have enough time these days so why not give people permission to enjoy an activity.  Ideas could include:

  • massage or beauty treatment voucher (how often do we actually buy one of these for ourselves?)
  • movie voucher
  • restaurant voucher
  • house cleaning voucher
  • a babysitting voucher to have a night out
  • tickets to the theatre or a sporting event
  • an experience to do something different – drive a racing car, go up in a hot air balloon or even to jump out of a plane
  • I-Tunes voucher
  • a membership to the zoo, gym or their favourite sporting club
  • or even make a donation to a charity on their behalf.

Other items to consider as presents could include consumables like wine, baked or homemade goods, jams, a plant or what about a nice pot of mixed herbs.

If you put your mind to it the ideas really are endless!

I know I am thinking more along these lines again this year and have my thinking cap on to come up with something different. What about you?  Can you think differently about Christmas Gifts this year?