Are you the type of person who puts off taking down your Christmas and other holiday decorations? You’re not alone. Hauling out your decorations and putting them up may have been fun. Taking them down seems daunting. Especially when you’re too exhausted to think straight after all your guests are gone, and you’re left to face the post-holiday chaotic aftermath. These tips may help you manage the dreaded task of putting the decorations away until next year.
Create Designated Storage Containers for Decorations
Be sure you have designated storage containers for everything from your holiday lights, tree ornaments, and home decorations. Having assigned places for everything will eliminate one anxiety-provoking aspect of holiday cleanup. And you may not feel as overwhelmed.
Give Yourself a Deadline
Establish a deadline and mark it on the calendar to remind yourself that you made a conscious decision to ensure that all decorations are taken down and put away by that date.
Make a Small Daily Time Commitment For Working on the Task
Tell yourself that you’ve got to spend 15 or 30 minutes – or however long you want that scheduled time to be, working on taking decorations down and putting them away. If you look at the overall picture and see it in increments, you won’t feel as overwhelmed or stressed.
Go Room by Room
If you break the entire task up into smaller, more manageable chunks, the feeling that you have too much to do or that you can’t face it won’t leave you throwing your hands up in the air in despair. And the sense of satisfaction you get from finishing one room before going on to the next will provide you with the inspiration you need to go forward.
When you have holiday decorations up all over the house, the thought of taking them down and putting them away may seem terrifying. If you adopt an overall systematic approach to tackling the task, the prospect of doing what you have to do won’t seem so daunting.