I hope you enjoyed Christmas with your family and friends. We had a pretty slow day which was just fine with me. We did a good job of cutting back on the gifts and that made for fewer, but more thoughtful selections. I only cried once, during the day, thinking of my little grandsons so far away in Boston. I missed them terribly.
Now, back to business. Let's get to purging items and organizing what's left. During the next few weeks I'm sure you'll be packing away your holiday decorations and I want to give you some ideas of how to do that. This week, on this blog, we'll focus on that. Today I will give you ideas of 10 things you might want to purge.
This is my no-holds-barred list:
1. Broken ornaments *
2. Candles that look beat up or that are burned down to a nub.
3. Wrapping paper, bows, ribbon, and gift bags that are too crumpled to reuse. That goes for boxes as well.
4. Decorations that didn't make it out of the storage bins/boxes this year or last year. If you're not using them, get rid of them.
5. Burned out lights and any knotted up balls of lights.
6. Sad garland and/or wreaths. Buy a new one on clearance. *
7. Old Christmas tins that have rusted or are dented. No one wants to eat food out of them.
8. Table decorations that are chipped, cracked, or have worn paint (unless you are like me and want to renew it with spray paint)
9. Table linens that are stained, ripped, or too worn out to add beauty to your table.*
10. Disposable dishes. They were not meant to be used over and over.
*** I have a really hard time throwing things away. It is my nature to want to make something new out of old. I have been known to make new ornaments out of the salvageable parts of a broken ornament, rejuvenate garland and wreaths by adding floral picks and additional garland, and make pot holders, aprons, or ornaments out of old linens. I can't help myself. If you choose to do the same, just make sure you have a plan of attack or you will become over-run with stuff. Jus'sayin!