The Holidays are over! We hope that you all had a splendid Christmas -- time with family, the season of giving. How can anyone not love it? You've most likely given yourself a bit of a relaxer but now the pressure of decluttering and organizing after Christmas is setting in.
The first step to decluttering after Christmas is accepting that you cannot keep everything. There are things in your home that you no longer need that should be disposed of, whether that disposal is the trash or finding use by someone else.
The second step is finding out what you no longer need. Take into consideration what gifts you have received this Christmas. Can any of those gifts replace items you already have? For example, if you received a coffee pot, you must now decide between keeping the new one and the old one. Whichever one you decide, you must rid of the other. Other times to take into consideration; clothing, shoes, housing decor, etc.
If you have children, then they probably received an abundance of new toys that you're staring at thinking, "oh goodness, where am I going to find the room for all of this?". A good rule of thumb when it comes to your children receiving gifts is that getting new ones means tossing the old ones. Find the toys that no longer fit your child's age group, the clothes that they have outgrown, etc and find somewhere local to donate. Toys can add up fast, so the annual cleansing will show to be helpful.
Please keep in mind that you are not obligated to keep gifts that will get no use. If it's just going to take up space and gather dust, your best decision would be to go ahead and get rid of it. Don't allow yourself to feel pressured -- you can either silently remove it or let whoever got you the gift know that while you appreciate it, you have no use for it.
The third step is taking down and putting away all of your holiday decorations. This can be time consuming so your best option would be to dedicate one specific day entirely to reverting your house to normal. While you technically can leave these up for half a year, I wouldn't recommend it. Christmas decorations are beautiful, however it will put a damper on you leaving them. Every time you look at them, you'll remind yourself, "gosh, I should really take these down now".
While taking down the decorations, make sure you're also deciding if there are any you need to get rid of. Find a broken one? Toss it, don't set it into the box telling yourself you'll get rid of it next year. If you're someone who buys new decorations every single year, make sure you're getting rid of enough to make room for next Christmas.
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As Professional Organizers we are privileged to be welcomed into people's home. Over the years we have noticed that the most common denominate between all of us is that we all think we aren't doing a good enough job and that we should magically be able to wear every hat and wear it extremely well. However, the truth is we can't do everything and we defiantly can't do it all to the degree of perfection we want to. This leaves us all feeling overwhelmed with life as we wake up everything day in a state of "catch up", "clean up" and "just don't give up". JLB Professional Organizing was created so a service was available to help people at least take back control of their homes, the place where we need peace and relaxation the most but after years of working hands on with people we also realized there was another NEED. People need to know they are not alone, their house is not the worse, and that there is hope. This is why we started the JLB Organizing blog; to help educate folks about organization, laugh at the struggles we all deal with, and bring out the truth about homes and why they are so darn hard to keep organized!