With the holidays becoming a distant memory and the January doldrums now upon us, it is an opportune time to make good on that old and familiar resolution of getting organized and following through with it.
At this point in the year, a good place to start is with all of the holiday decorations that are ready to be put away. Take a good hard look at what was used and especially what was not used this season. Whatever brings you joy and fond memories is a keeper as well as things that might spark your creative juices at some time in the foreseeable future. Items that you are tired of, dated or just there out of a sense of duty are good candidates for retirement.
Once it is decided what will remain, think about a system for packing it away that is logical and efficient for next year. Shortage of time during the holidays is as certain as death and taxes so being prepared early has its advantages.
Choose a game plan that will work for you. Putting similar things together or packing all items for one room in one container usually works. Keep in mind that the size of the container should be reasonable and not too heavy or bulky especially if stairs or the attic are involved. Most, if not all, of the holiday decor should be stored in one place to avoid the frantic treasure hunt for it next year.
Once the job is done, bask in the glory for a moment then start thinking about what to tackle next. Before long, you will be keeping your resolution and be on your way to a simpler and more organized lifestyle.