There is still work to do after the holidays are over. Keep everything organized after the holiday season and you’ll ensure that next year’s events are merrier than ever.
• Have an un-decorating party with family and friends. Take time to donate or throw out holiday ornaments and decorations that you no longer love. Play your favorite music, serve treats, and enjoy time with your guests.
• Invest in sturdy organizing containers to neatly separate and store tree trimmings and lights. Or to save money, use large cardboard boxes and cut handle holds in opposite sides. (Be sure to store in a dry area of your home.) Keep all decorations in one area of your home. Try to limit your decorations to one or two containers.
• As you un-decorate, make a list of decorations you want to purchase for next year. Buy them at post-holiday sales — along with holiday cards and gift wrap — but avoid purchasing items not on your list. You’ll be all set to write your cards over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend next year, beating the rush!
• Update your holiday card list so you’ll be ready for next year. Add, modify, or delete as needed so your list will be ready to use next year. Or consider keying names and addresses into your computer and printing labels each year instead of hand writing envelopes.
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