Leftovers, Décor, and Presents...Oh My!

Holidays are the ultimate clutterbug.

Don't get me wrong, I love presents and leftovers as much as the next person, but what do you do when your knee high in gifts and there is no room left in the fridge for the milk?


Let's start with leftovers. Whatever you know you won't finish...give away! Send it home with family, take some to your neighbors or feed the homeless this year, they can surely use them and it will open up space in your fridge again. I know you cooked all day, but knowing it will go to someone who really needs it, is so worth it! And next time, try to only cook enough to leave leftovers for the next day. This will cut down on waste and Tupperware!

Décor. We celebrate Christmas in our home and I love decorating. I mean LOVE it. Like, I am ready by September but realize it's socially frowned upon, so I anxiously wait for the day after Thanksgiving to start. It's down to a science now. There is no excess or crazy maintenance, but it still looks magical. The biggest thing to remember, is that the more you have, the more there will be to put away. If you need all 27 mini houses on your mantle, go for it, but you'll also need to schedule time to properly wrap and put them away. I still have Christmas on the brain, but this goes for any holiday, birthday or party. Aim for only 1-2 bins of seasonal or party supplies. Use bins with labels so they are easy to find next year and keep the packing paper, so you can reuse it. Create a home for them in an extra storage closet or the garage for seasonal items, so they are easily accessible. And spend the extra time to wrap the lights around an empty paper towel tube. Trust me, your time will thank you next year to avoid untangling a million lights!