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How to Organize and Declutter Your Way Through the Holidays

by | Dec 1, 2014 | Decorating Inspiration, Holiday Entertaining, Holidays, Organization

How to Organize and Declutter Your Way Through the Holidays

Think you have to put off your organizing and decluttering until the new year? I think you can make more progress than you think you can between now and Christmas! Find my tips over at The Decluttered Home today!


  1. Peggy

    Great article! A few years ago I got rid of any ornament that did not hold sentimental value. If I couldn’t remember who gave it to me, it went out to good will. Now I have one small and very special box of ornaments.

  2. Anna

    I was disappointed with point number two. I think throwing away wrapping paper is wasteful & irresponsible. I would suggest refraining from buying new, just using the old until it’s gone or (if like me you have gone crazy during those after Christmas sales,using social media to see if you know anyone who needs some, before they go out and buy new.
    Also, for anyone who doesn’t want to always have plain paper but would still like to keep they’re paper to a minimum, you can always pick a classic style for birthdays & another for Christmas.

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Oh of course we wouldn’t throw out nice old wrapping paper that could be given away or used again :), I was referring to those recyclable wrinkled up or too small scraps that no longer can be of use in wrapping gifts but fill up our closets and bins to make us feel disorganized and our house cluttered. Sorry I didn’t make that distinction clear!

  3. Elaine

    Long years ago, I wrapped all my gifts in white paper and tied them up with red ribbon. I’ve done different things over the years including using brown packing paper with plaid ribbon. These days I’m back to favoring white paper and use banner paper from the office supply store. Simple ribbons or colorful string with a bit of greenery or cones is vey festive to me.

    Oh, and the rolls of banner paper do double duty as cushioning paper in shipping packages so I only store one thing.

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Great ideas! Thanks for sharing. White paper is so pretty with ribbons and greenery, love it!

  4. Janet Lev

    I love decorating with fresh greens so they can all go to compost after the holidays. Less stuff to store and I can always find an evergreen that needs trimming or a branch that was felled a recent storm.

    • Mary Ellen Peregolise

      love the starburst mirror & candlesticks!


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