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Deck the Halls – the Easy Way

Does decorating for the holidays seem like a huge chore some years?  Would it be helpful to have a system in place to make decorating  less stressful and more enjoyable?  We think so!!!  Here are 5 simple tips on how to organize your holiday decor to make it easier to decorate with year after year:

1.) Designate a storage area for holiday decorations.  Be sure to group all like items together & label, label, label.  We recommend clear plastic bins opposed to colored ones, so you are able to take a quick inventory of the contents of each bin .  Be sure to store your decorations in a closet or storage room that isn’t damp or too warm.  If you have to stack bins because of limited space, be sure to think about the order of the holidays coming up, so you don’t have to dig out the very bottom bin for the next holiday.

2.)  Schedule time on your calendar to decorate.   It is crucial to set aside an ample amount of time to decorate!  The goal is to get everything done in the same day so you don’t end up pulling everything out and leaving a big mess because you ran out of time to finish.  If you have kids, try to get them involved.  It can be a great holiday tradition to decorate as a family.  Try assigning each family member a different task, turn on some holiday music and have some fun!

3.) Toss and/or donate broken or unused decorations.  Each year when you pull out your decorations, be sure to toss any broken items and to donate any items that you no longer use or love.  Remember, it is okay to let some decorations go, especially those that aren’t your favorites and that don’t have any sentimental value.  Whenever you purchase a new decoration, try to eliminate an old one…this way you won’t collect too much stuff.

4.) Set limits for yourself.  Once your bins are full, it is time to purge!  Only keep a realistic amount of decorations.  This step is crucial in staying organized long-term!

5.) After the holiday has passed, mark off time in your calendar to put things away.  This step is  also really important!  Be sure to set aside enough time to put things away in an organized fashion.  Don’t just throw stuff into the closet.  Group like items together, contain & label.  You will be so glad you did when you go to decorate the next year.

By just keeping these 5 simple tips in mind, we hope you are able to enjoy decorating for the holidays year after year.

We hope you and your family are enjoying this holiday season!

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