Now is the perfect time to begin the possibly massive cleanup that lays ahead. I know it seems almost overwhelming (at my house, we have no fewer than 32 big storage tubs of Christmas decor that need to be re-packed and hauled up into the attic - yes, I did say 32! so I'm feeling the same pain you are right now!).
Sure, you can leave your tree up until Epiphany (January 6th), but it's time to begin clearing out the rest of the Holiday paraphernalia.
Begin by making sure that all of the gifts are removed from under the tree and taken to their designated rooms. This may present a whole new issue of where to store all the new goodies - a great rule to follow is that for every new thing that comes in, one old thing must go. Your kids will learn a valuable lesson by picking the toys out that they no longer use and donating them to charity so other kids can love them too... It's a great lesson for us grownups too!
Next, go for the little decorations that have been placed throughout the house. The next day, go for another set of items, maybe the cards you've received during the season, along with garland that may have been hung up. Work for just 30 minutes or so each day and, before you know it - you'll have everything except the tree done.
On your designated day (for some, it's right after Christmas, others it's New Year's day and for still other's it's Epiphany) begin your tree dismantling. Remember, it may take a day or two so don't worry if it's not done all at once.
Pace yourself, take it slow and just work for 30 minutes or so each day. Your home will be ready to face the new year in no time at all!
If you're looking for a more guided set of missions, check out the Flylady's new YouTube Channel. There you'll find ten holiday cleanup missions that will gently guide you along the way to getting that Christmas decor down long before January hits mid-month!
Here's to a happy and safe New Year to all!