GROUP IT & LABEL IT!
How To Declutter Your Pantry (DAY 4)
There’s nothing better than bringing home a fresh beautiful Christmas tree and decorating it with your family. That fresh pine scent fills the air and the treasured ornaments that make the house sparkle on Christmas morning. During this time we try not to think about what comes next. Oh Yes! We both know what I’m talking about. I mean taking down that beautiful tree. It can’t stay up forever, so here are few tips to make the process as painless as possible.
Step 1 – Prep the area! – Lay down an old sheet at the base of the tree can reduce the mess of the pine needles as they fall, and can save clean up later.
Step 2 – Take Down the Ornaments. – Start at the bottom and work your way up, to reduce the chances of damaging ornaments as you take them down.
Step 3 – Purge Ornaments that are cracked or damaged – Don’t hold on to ornaments that cannot be reused, dispose of it right away to reduce future clutter.
Step 4 – Protect Ornaments in Storage – Wrap the ornaments in gift wrap from unwrapped presents/store them in liquor boxes and egg cartons are great storage containers
Step 5 – Remove Lights – Remove string lights from the tree and wrap them around the cardboard from paper towel rolls, so they don’t tangle for next year.
Step 6 – Remove Water from Base – Use a turkey baster to draw out any remaining waste
Step 7 – Remove the tree skirt – if there are any pine needs on the skirt, be sure to shake them on to the sheet you laid down in step 1.
Step 8 – Wrap the Tree – Spread the sheet to the full dimension and lay tree down on its side. Wrap the tree with the sheet covering all areas as much as possible and carry the tree outside.
Step 8 – Cleaning up – To prevent pine needles sticking to carpeting and rugs, sprinkle baking soda on the carpet before you vacuum or use a broom or dustpan where possible.
If you’d like to make the tree removal process even easier, visit the link below. This is a 100% biodegradable Christmas tree skirt and removable bag. You place the bag under the tree during set up and when Christmas is over, you simply pull the bag up and remove the tree. https://www.homehardware.ca/en/rec/index.htm/Indoor-Living/Seasonal/Christmas/Tree-Stands/Tree-Stands/90-X-144-Tree-Removal-Biodegradable-Bag/_/N-ntkyv/R-I5610271
For information on recycling your tree, visit the link below to find your nearest recycling center
Tips to Declutter Holiday a Cards and Letters – Home Organization Tips (Day 1)
Happy New Year!
Yep, its that time of the year. Time to recycle, toss or keep, those beautiful Christmas cards. But why are they so hard to let go?We love to look back and allow them to spark memories within us, and yes while we can make room for few, keeping all the holiday cards we receive each year would just add to the pile to sort through in years to come. So I say, keep what you love now and toss, reuse or recycle the items that don’t spark any memories for you.
How to Let Go! – Tips cards to toss and what to keep!
- Does this card spark a happy memory… Does it have a special note? – KEEP IT!
- Does this card spark a negative memory? – TOSS IT!
- Has the card been signed with just a basic signature – TOSS IT!
- Don’t know who it’s from – TOSS IT!
What can you do with the cards you decide to KEEP?
Here are a few creative tips on how you can keep those special holiday cards and letters.
- Box It! – Purchase a cute box that will match the decor in your home and place those special cards inside. Keep it somewhere where you can access it and flip through when you want to spark those special memories.
- Scrapbook it! – Place the cards that spark happy memories into a creative scrapbook.
- Frame it! – Find a great frame that is just as special as the card going into it give it a great home in your space. If the message on the card inspires you, place it somewhere you can see it every morning.
- Digitize it! – Take a photo and store it on an external hard drive or USB stick. You can also check out a really great site called Keepy – https://keepy.me
Check out what this Facebook Group is saying about holiday cards.
- “Another idea is to take picture of the handwritten card and save it on a file or even better to the cloud.”
- “We got rid of a lot of wedding cards last year. We kept those with the best sentiments and those of very close family.”
- “I have limited myself to a small box that I keep special letters and cards.”
- “We slimmed down letters and cards we wrote to each other over the years…many of them said the same thing…probably still have too many. It takes time to whittle the sentimental things down.”