Top 7 Tips to Get Organized After the Holidays

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Post-holiday cleaning is the new spring cleaning.

You’re already taking down holiday decorations, rearranging your kitchen or closet to make room for new items, and cleaning up after guests leave. What better time to organize your home?

These seven post-holiday home organization tips cover areas most of us struggle with after the holiday craziness.

So, shake off that cookie and pie coma and get organizing. I’ve done every one of these tips, so I know that the struggle is real. Taking down my holiday decorations took me four hours. Four hours. But I promise that the spacious and streamlined home you’ll have afterwards is worth it.

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1. Take down your holiday décor
Time to undecorate! The rule of thumb is to keep your holiday décor up until the first of the year, but mine has already been down for days.

It’s so refreshing to put away all of your holiday decorations and take down your Christmas tree. You get your space back and a chance to start fresh. I feel like I have so much more room to breathe now that all of the stockings, trees and knickknacks have vanished.

Just don’t be tempted to shove all of your decorations all willy nilly. If you take the time to organize your ornaments and put decorations away neatly, you’ll thank yourself next year.

2. Make room for your gifts
Resist the urge to stuff all of those gifts you received into drawers, closets or onto shelves. Take some time to go through your possessions and purge what you don’t need. You’ll make more room for your new items and won’t add unnecessary clutter.

Right now I’m really into an organization method coined by Marie Kondo, author of “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing”. Her theory says to discard anything and everything that doesn’t “spark joy.”

It might sound strange to think about socks sparking joy, for example. But I know you have favorite socks. Do you always reach for the fuzzy pairs that you love? Then, why are you keeping those itchy, grey ones banished to the back of the drawer? Get rid of them and move on.

3. Repurpose holiday cards
Are those holiday cards you received muddling your refrigerator door? Maybe they’re stacked in a messy pile on the kitchen table?

If you’re like me, you can’t cope with the guilt of throwing them away. So, you procrastinate deciding what to do with them and they sit in a pile on the coffee table well into February.

Stop that! Last year I finally came up with a solution to the card conundrum by starting a Christmas card scrapbook. Now, I can save my Christmas cards in a meaningful way. They’re not just stored in a box or tossed in a drawer.

You could also save the cards to cut up into gift tags or to decorate presents next year.

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4. Get a planner
One habit from school that I haven’t—and probably won’t ever—cut is keeping a planner.

I like the feel of a physical planner. If you prefer digital, then go for it. To me, there’s just something about writing down dates, planning the year and flipping through the pages of a tangible planner that appeals to me.

Start the New Year off right by getting organized. Transcribe all birthdays, anniversaries and other dates you want to remember into your new planner. Don’t get lazy halfway through. Jot down everything you can now.

You’ll feel more prepped and organized for the coming year.

5. Recycle magazines
It’s so so so hard for me to get rid of the holiday issues of my favorite magazines. What if I need the ideas for next year?

But I usually feel worse when the clutter starts to take over. First, they sit in a pile on my coffee table. That bothers me, so I relocate the pile to my desk. After all, I can’t keep them on the coffee table all year, right? Then, the pile on the desk starts to bother me. Why don’t I just get rid of this pile of magazines that’s driving me crazy?

If you want to remember an idea or two, rip out those specific pages and start an idea journal. Paste the pages and some notes into the journal. It’s a much more effective way to organize your ideas.

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6. Don’t procrastinate those to-dos
It’s hard to get your home organized when too many items are in limbo. Write thank you notes, return or exchange unwanted gifts and put away (or use) all of your new gifts right away. Don’t procrastinate.

The longer you wait, the longer you’ll have receipts piled up waiting to return gifts or the longer that jar of homemade cocoa will take up space on the kitchen counter waiting to be used. If you procrastinate too long, you may never get to those tasks at all.

And that’s when unnecessary clutter takes over.

7. Clean out your refrigerator
Maybe you have a fridge filled with random leftovers? Or, maybe you’re afraid to open your fridge after being out of town?

Either way, cleaning out your fridge sets the right tone for getting excited about cooking and eating right in the New Year.

I recently got into organizing my fridge. I added a couple of trays to corral items. Now, all of my drinks sit neatly on one tray. I even requested a butter dish for Christmas, so I could organize my butter. (Exciting, I know.) But it really helped.

If you’re not into going that far, at least give the shelves and drawers a good scrub, and toss out anything expired or that you’re never going to eat.

It’s also nice to organize items into rows with the tallest items in the back. It sounds a bit OCD, but I feel so organized when I open my fridge door and see everything neatly arranged. It sure beats digging through piles of Tupperware to find the soy sauce.

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Start the New Year off feeling organized and stress-free.



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Holiday House Tour 2015

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Welcome to my home. It’s all spruced up and ready for the holidays.

When decorating for the holiday season, I tend to think cozy. Plaid and buffalo check blankets drape over the couch. Bright colors add warmth. And this year, I’ve been into faux fur. A small faux sheepskin rug has been a staple. Right now, it’s lining the back of my couch, but I’ve also used it to cover an ottoman and I’ve also tossed it over the back of a chair.

When it comes to color, I tend to decorate with the traditional red and green during the holidays. This conventional color scheme fits with my vintage-y style. And, it’s the only time of year I deviate from my beloved neutrals. (I know, it’s getting wild around here!)

In typical winter fashion, the sun wouldn’t come out while I was trying to take photos for this holiday home tour shoot. So, unfortunately I couldn’t capture all the nooks and crannies where I’ve decorated my home for the holidays. I guess you’ll just have to use your imagination. Picture little toy soldiers standing guard in unexpected places and glass cloches covering mini winter scenes with teeny Christmas trees.

I really do wish I could share it with you! But here are a few pictures I could capture of my home for the holidays.

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The living room got all done up this year.

These two Ikea Hemnes bookcases are recent additions to my living room. I love how they make the entertainment center area feel more complete. There’s something to say for symmetry!

I had so much fun decorating the shelves for Christmas. With six shelves per bookcase, I had a lot of space to work with. I even ran out of books to decorate with, which is unheard of for me. These shelves just add so much storage.

The copper wire deer head is also new to the room. I gave him a wreath necklace and hooked on a red ornament for a Rudolph nose to give him some Christmas flair.

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The couch got dressed up with a faux sheepskin rug and cozy plaid blankets. I also covered one of the throw pillows with a solid red pillow cover to add a pop of color.

Even with the bright colors of the blankets and the throw pillow, these touches of Christmasy-ness still feel subtle to me. It’s not overwhelming and it fits in seamlessly with my everyday décor.

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This mini gallery wall near the entrance to my kitchen received a few holiday touches.

I bought the “Happy Holidays” print at a local Christmas craft market this year. And, I found the frame it’s in stashed away in the back of a closet. I love when I rediscover items I already own and put them to good use. The print makes the perfect focal point for the holiday-themed gallery wall.

None of the other art is Christmas-themed, but it all works well together. A couple of toy soldiers and some glitzy red snowflakes complete the look.

(P.S. These Mosslanda picture ledges from Ikea are my favorite. They offer the look of a traditional gallery wall but the convenience of being able to change out your art whenever you want.)

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My home feels super snug and I’m loving every minute.  I’ve had the Christmas tree lights on almost all day, every day. I even leave the lights on for the dog when I’m not home, so she can enjoy them. Ha!

The countdown is on by the way. Only three days til Christmas. Happy holidays!


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Pinecone Door Hanger

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Want an easy way to dress up your door for fall? No project could be simpler than this pinecone door hanger.

A pinecone door hanger offers a twist from the usual classic door décor: a wreath.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of wreaths—and not just for the holidays. Autumn wreaths made from faux or real branches, berries and leaves just put you in a cheery fall mood. And of course who doesn’t love winter wreaths made from evergreens? Even a simple burlap-wrapped wreath could hang on my door all year.

But why not change it up? This easy-to-make pinecone door hanger requires just a few supplies, and it’s a pretty “just because” decoration.

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Here’s how to make your own pinecone door hanger. Break out your glue gun and some ribbon and you’re almost ready to get crafting.

What you’ll need:
– Pinecones (5-6)
– Ribbon
– Hot glue gun

I found my pinecones by just taking a stroll through my neighborhood and gathering some pinecones that had fallen near the road. You too probably don’t have to walk far to find some pinecones. But if pinecones aren’t available in your area, you can easily purchase a bag full of them at a craft store.

Any style of ribbon will work for this project, but I chose a wider ribbon because it offers more surface area to glue the ribbon to the pinecone. I found my pumpkin-themed ribbon at the Dollar Tree for, obviously, $1. You can use any color or theme you like, and it doesn’t have to be autumn-themed. If you stick with one color of ribbon or a neutral ribbon, you could even leave your door hanger up through the holidays—or all year.

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Once you have your supplies, you’re ready to assemble your pinecone door hanger. Just follow these steps.

1. Trim your ribbon
Cut your ribbon in strips of the same length. I cut mine at about 20 inches. If you decide to go shorter, just remember you still have to gather the ribbons together and tie them when you’re finished.

2. Glue them together
Hot glue the end of each ribbon to the bottom of each pinecone. I folded the ends of the ribbon together a bit and then glued the folded area to the pinecone.

3. Let dry
Allow the glue to dry and harden to the pinecone.

4. Cluster together
Gather the ends of the ribbons together and stagger them, so the pinecones sit at varying lengths. Tie the ends together in a knot with a small cutting of the same ribbon.

5. Show it off
Let the whole neighborhood see your new rustic door hanger. Hang your pinecone door hanger on your front door with a simple nail.

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This fall craft project has really gotten me in the mood for the season. I also love the simplicity of it. You don’t need to spend a lot of money on supplies to create something pretty for your door. Between gathering the pinecones and shopping the Dollar Tree, I made this project for just $1. Happy fall!


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