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Quick declutter challenge Week 7 – holiday decorations

By Julie Stobbe / May 7, 2024 /

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Why this challenge now?

You might be thinking this is a strange time of year to write about holiday decorations. Isn’t it too early?  Is it too late?  There have been many special days celebrated this year, Valentine’s Day, St Patrick’s Day, Easter, Passover, Family Day birthdays and anniversaries.  There are many upcoming long weekends to celebrate in the summer and graduations.  The fall and winter bring the holidays with the most decorations, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Christmas, celebration of light, Hannukah and many other special days.

Build good habits

This declutter challenge will help you build a habit of examining what decorations you need.  Every time you get some out for any occasion evaluate if you like them, if they are in good repair or if it is time to reduce.

If you have time look at the paper plates, napkins and glasses you are storing. It is easy to have a few things left over after each celebration that add up to clutter. Use them up at a picnic.  It will be a good conversation starter, remember when we had this party…….

Are you sentimental?

Letting go of decorations can be difficult for sentimental people.  The items may have been made by your child, created by a friend or bring back special memories.  Keep a few of those decorations.  You don’t need to keep all of them.  You will still have the memory of the event and the love and friendship of others when you pass on items you no longer need and find a good home for them.

Is it time to change?

Over time your focus on celebrating will change and so will your need for decorations. Take the time to donate your unneeded things so others can enjoy them.

Tell me about your interesting holiday decorations

Julie Stobbe is a Trained Professional Organizer and Lifestyle Organizing Coach who brings happiness to homes and organization to offices, virtually using Zoom. She has been working with clients since 2006 to provide customized organizing solutions to suit their individual needs and situations. She uses her love of teaching to reduce clutter, in your home, office, mind and time. She guides and supports you to be accountable for your time, to complete projects and to reach your goals. If you’re in a difficult transition Julie can coach you to break-free of emotional clutter constraining you from living life on your terms. Online courses are available to help instruct, coach and support your organizing projects. Get started by downloading Tips for Reorganizing 9 Rooms.

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