Closed September 2017

Clutter Video Tip: Organizing Holiday Decorations, Part 1

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening? In the lane, snow is glistening. Does your home look like a winter wonderland right now?

Decorating for the holidays is a lot of work. But today we’ll help send away the bluebird, and make sure that here to stay is the new bird. In this video I conspire, as I sit by the fire- to share four strategies to organize your holiday decorations. Following these tips will help you face unafraid, the plans that you’ve made for holiday decorating. Then you’ll have more time to build a snowman and pretend that he is Parson Brown. 😉 

Happy Holidays!

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Hi. I’m Lorie Marrero, and today’s Clutter Video Tip is about organizing your holiday decorations. Now, as I’m posting this video, it’s only a few days until Christmas, so I think you’ve probably already put up all the holiday decorations you’re going to do for this year, and I want to teach you today four things you can do right now while you’re enjoying them that will make it easier when it’s time to put them away.

First, if you have an arrangement of decorations that you’re really happy with in a certain room, I want you to take a photo of that right now. And when it’s time to store that away, you could store the photo with those decorations and that will serve as a guide to help you remember what a great job you did this year and all the neat little things that you figured out and also it will help you get a little more assistance when it’s time to set it up, because you can just show someone else the photo and you can start putting it all back together.

The next thing I want you to think about right now while you’re enjoying the holidays is what makes the holiday special to you and your family. When I was a little girl my grandmother had these little Santa mugs at her house and now she has given them to me and it was not Christmas until I had had cocoa in this Santa mug with little tiny marshmallows on the top. And I think you’ll find if you talk to your family that there are little traditions like this that make all the difference in how special Christmas feels and you may find that some of the extra decorating has not even been noticed. And that maybe next year when you focus on those essentials you can simplify the decorating and maybe even some of the activities and have a little bit less stress during the holiday season next year.

The next thing I want you to think about is the storage challenges that you may have run into when you were unpacking your holiday decorations. If some of your ornaments are getting broken, maybe you need to shop right now for an ornament storage container. There may be gift wrap containers. There may be other things like that, that would really solve a problem for you right now, and if you’re already out holiday shopping, you can put those on your list. You might even find them on sale, and you just have them on your radar so that when it’s time to put the decorations away, you’re ready for that.

And of course, when it’s time to put them away, you do need to have a deadline, and you need to have the time set aside to do that. So pick that time right now, and agree with your family on the day that you’ll take the decorations down so that it doesn’t linger through, you know, Valentine’s Day, and it just gets done, and everybody’s agreed on helping.

If you are really enjoying this holiday season and looking forward to the New Year, we can help you with those New Year’s resolutions to get organized with our team of professional organizers who give unlimited consultation in our Member Message Board area. You can find out more about our program at

See you next time, and may you always be happy and grateful for having more than enough.

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