Most people will do their Christmas cleanup in the two weeks following New Year’s Day. Others will wait until the next decorating occasion, which is Valentine’s Day. This means almost all decorations are down by the end of January. January 31st is a great deadline to set, but things can derail our plans. If you have your lights up past January, that’s understandable, but don’t plug them in. While they look nice, you’ll be increasing your energy costs when the decor is out of season. We’ve all driven past a house in April wondering why the Christmas lights are on. If it were up to me, I’d have everyone leave their lights up all year. However, seasons are special to us because they’re here for a limited time.
Tips for Removing & Storing Christmas Decorations
- Start with the yard art. These items are usually bigger and more difficult to put away. Once you get this done, the worst struggle is over
- Use vacuum seal bags or suitcases to keep holiday linens safe and away from potential water damage
- Use an ornament storage box, or plastic party cups to separate and store all ornaments and small decorations individually
- Unplug EVERYTHING before removing decorations. Double check to be on the safe side
- Try to get your decorations into storage by 1/31. That date isn’t worth your safety however; it’s more of a guideline. Wait until there’s a dry, sunny day. Poor weather will add too many risks in the cleanup process. You can be out of season for a few days if it means avoiding hazards.
Christmas is over, the decorations are down, and emotions are running wild. We’re feeling relieved, disappointed, happy, frustrated, and excited all at once. We can’t wait until next year, yet we’re enjoying the calm after the shopping/wrapping storm. Personally, I tend to have about 84 different feelings a day following the weeks after Christmas and New Year’s Day. I know plenty of other holiday enthusiasts like me who go through the same thing. Today’s post covers some of the feelings most of us have during this time of year. Let’s laugh it off and look forward to the next holiday while relaxing in some much deserved down time.
Trying to Stick to New Year’s Resolutions
Trying to Eat Healthier Foods
Then You Have to Clean & Put Decorations Away
All The Anticipation & Excitement Has Ended
But Even Though It’s Over, You Know You Had Fun
And You Realize That You’re Done with Excessive Shopping & Wrapping
& The House is Back to “Normal”
& Then You Find The Post-Holiday Sales
So You Stock Up On Decor for Next Year
I’ve highlighted a large portion of our best home decor items over the last few months. While I love our items, I also love to see handmade decor in a home. Items that you created yourself hold sentimental value and positive energy. The item you created is a one-of-a-kind, truly personalized decoration. I have a few things I’d like to try over the next few months before I move. I’ve decided to share my super-top-secret DIY projects with you. By super-top-secret I actually mean I found them on Pinterest! As always, if you try one of these projects, send us photos and we’ll highlight the best ones on our Facebook page. Happy Crafting!
Kitchens & Breakfast Nooks
DIY Coffee Mug Rack
Mason Jar Soap Dispensers
Mason Jar Supply Containers
Dining Rooms & Living Rooms
Old Door Photo Frame
DIY Illuminated Canopy