The holiday season is one of the most difficult times of year to keep your home organized. Numerous family parties, dozens of gifts being exchanged, and limitless discount shopping can all lead to a significant accumulation of new items in your home. Many homeowners will find themselves wondering how to stay organized during this exciting but hectic time of year. We’ve compiled some useful information below:
Start by Dejunking
Home organization companies recommend that the first step you take to keep your home organized during the holidays is to determine what items you want to get rid of and what items you want to keep. Use different colored post-it notes or stickers to help label items in each category. Once everything is labeled, start getting rid of the stuff you have decided not to keep.
Before you send those items straight to the trash, consider donating them to Goodwill or another store at which donations can get you a tax deduction. If the items have value, try selling them on an app or website like Let Go, Poshmark, Thred Up, or Facebook Marketplace.
How to Store Ornaments, Lights, and other Decorations
Certain types of holiday decorations, such as lights and ornaments, can be difficult to store properly because of their shape and fragility. Lights are much easier to store if you wrap them around something, like a paper towel roll or in between two command hooks. Try placing ornaments inside of plastic cups, then stacking the plastic cups neatly inside of a large storage bin.
Fitting all your decorations into a storage closet or attic can be a challenging task, even when you were able to perfectly fit everything the year before. To help make sure everything fits in your closet, start by inserting the largest and heaviest items first. It’s much easier to try to fit the smaller items in at the end.
Rather than storing your items in an assortment of different sized boxes, consider investing in stackable storage containers. These are easy to find at nearly any department store. Measure the width of your closet and buy containers accordingly. For example, if your closet is 6 feet wide, look for stackable storage bins that are between 1.5 – 2 feet wide so that you can neatly fit three columns of bins inside.
Don’t forget to take a picture once you have everything properly arranged in your closet or attic so that you can remember exactly how you had things arranged for future reference.
What to do with Wrapping Paper
Some wrapping paper cannot be recycled, so the best thing to do is try and reuse it. To store wrapping paper for reuse, try using a binder clip or thumbtack to hang it up in a closet. If the paper is still in great condition, you can try to rewrap it around the wrapping tube that you got it from.
Of course, none of these strategies will work if you don’t properly wrap your presents in the first place. If you plan to reuse your wrapping paper, make sure you don’t use too much tape so that the paper stays in better condition.
Work with a Junk Removal Service or Home Organization Company
Between all your holiday parties and shopping, you might find that you just don’t have the time to stay organized. If this is the case, consider calling a junk removal service and home organization company like HBS Junk Removal. We’d love to help make your holiday season much more enjoyable by taking responsibility for the organization of your home. Give us a call today at 985-788-3665.