Christmas is so much fun, but it can also bring a lot of “stuff” into the house. These simple tips will help you organize after Christmas – without any stress!
Originally published December 2013, updated December 2021 with additional photos, tips, and videos.
All the gifts that we have to meticulously wrap up for hours to find a home – just like the paper itself! Organizing the chaos after Christmas can be a little overwhelming, so I like to use the day after Christmas to organize our home for a much-needed fresh start.
An otherwise organized home is often quickly littered with toys, clothes, boxes, plastic bags, dishes and laundry after Christmas.
How to organize after Christmas
Take the item out of the packaging
Boxes take up more than twice the space. Open the article, follow any assembly instructions and recycle the packaging.
Create a recycling “center”
For quick tidying up, I use a large box that contained a toy in the living room for all of the recyclable packaging. I used another large box upstairs that kept me from running to the trash often.
Sort out existing toys and donate while you still have a chance
The easiest time to open minded Donating clothes and toys is when something new comes into the house.
Seize the opportunity (fast) and talk to them about making room for their new toys, and work through their toy room or bedroom together to see what they want to let go of.
Move any existing toys you want to keep to a storage cabinet or basement if they go unnoticed. Kiddos can be so in love with what is new that they do not notice the old for a short time.
Again, take this opportunity while you can and spin toys. In a month, you can rotate them again to breathe new life into the older toys you want to keep. Use another large box or container (I use these containers) and wrap up old toys that you want to keep.
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Evaluate what you have and where it is going
If you’re like us, toys linger in the living room because they were opened there.
Divide into piles / areas. Separate clothes, bedroom decorations and toys that go into the bedroom for each individual. Separate everything that goes into a toy room or extra space.
Start putting everything away. This should be easier now after completing the previous steps.
Go a step further and look for additional items to recycle, donate, or dispose of. For example, when you put away new clothes, see if you can remove some.
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The sooner you remove things from the house, the more organized you will feel
Take the greens down
The day before you pick up your Christmas tree, remove any fresh foliage, including your tree, Christmas wreath, and garlands, so you can get them to the curb right away and avoid needles in the garage. PS learn how to keep living Christmas wreaths and living garlands fresh
Hope you enjoyed these tips for organizing after Christmas. Now you can sit back, relax, enjoy a glass of wine and think about the New Year!
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