If your storage space is limited, consider buying more generic items that could work for more than just one occasion. Instead of going with the typical holiday patterns, try solid colored items when you select tablecloths, candles, glassware, serving platters, pitchers, placemats, or decorative towels.
Complete the Task
Oftentimes the end of the holiday season marks a time when you are so tired that you would rather have a root canal than spend more time and energy to carefully take down and store your holiday items. Although this feeling is completely normal, you should try to avoid the urge to rush through the process because a little bit of organization this year will surely pay off when you save time, money and energy getting ready next year.
First, consider taking pictures of your decorations so that you can easily re-create or revamp the look the following year.
When it comes to packing all of your decorations away, store like items in containers that are labeled for each occasion. You can also list some of the main contents in the box so you know which ones to open first.
If you don’t like spending money on special materials for packing your breakables, you can always use old wrapping paper or shredded newspapers for stuffing.
The ideal plan would be to store everything in the same area but if you store things in different sections of the house, label and number the boxes or keep a master list of where everything can be found to avoid misplacing or forgetting items in the future.
In terms of the gift giving, go back to your list from this year and make a note of what you gave each person and how much you spent. Save the list and refer to it in the future for help with budgeting and selecting gifts .
If you find that you do not have the time or energy to accomplish everything on your own, consider hiring a Professional Organizer to help. Find a listing of local experts at www.napo.net.
Above all, the key to holiday planning is to remember the true meaning of the season and make time to create lasting memories with the people that you love.
Miami Springs resident Tatiana Knight is a professional organizer and member of NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers).