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6 Steps to Conquer the Post-Party Clutter

Pat yourself on the back: you’ve made it through another party season semi-unscathed (hooray!). But now that the most festive time of year is long gone it’s time to contend with the excess clutter it’s inevitably produced. While a big clean sounds about as exciting as dealing with your mother-in-law, decluttering now means less to contend with come spring.

1. Pack away the wrapping.

There’s no way you’re going to use holiday themed wrapping paper, tags and ribbon between now and next November. Pack it away in an airtight plastic container that you can stack out of sight.

2. Out with the old in with the new.

New clothes, electronics and toys are taking up precious space in your already crowded home. Make room for your gifts by donating like items that have seen better days or duplicates that you’re not going to use. Because no one actually needs two mixers.

3. Recycle cards.

They made fantastic fridge decor, but now that the season is over it’s time to junk those cards. Save one or two important ones (the picture of your new niece, a card from your grandmother) and recycle the rest.

4. Downsize your decor.

There are bound to be a few ornaments or a wreath or two that look a little worse for the wear by the end of the holiday season. Before you pack up the Christmas decor, get rid of any pieces that may not make it through 2013. This will also create space for any new ornaments you may have received.

5. Donate or return what you don’t like.

Not every gift is a successful one. Rather than keeping gifts you don’t like around out of guilt, re-gift, donate or return them. That sweater from Aunt Olga is better off being appreciated by a new owner rather than gathering dust in your drawer.

6. Hire a professional. 

If you’re having a hard time finding the motivation to declutter, hire a professional. They’ll not only organize your home but teach you how to stay organized. Afterwards, squire a professional cleaning crew to give your home a scrub down so you can start the new year with your best foot forward.

Happy new year!

By Megan Mostyn-Brown

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