I mentioned yesterday that I was packing the Christmas stuff up early this year. I normally get sad when all of the festivities are over and it's time to pack all of the fun stuff up. This year, I couldn't get it up fast enough. I was just talking with my sister yesterday and she mentioned how she too, was tired of looking at it. She said how it began to feel like clutter to her. I was feeling the same way! I think I'm just so excited to turn over a new leaf and get my house is tip top shape, that I just couldn't wait until after New Year's day to get started.
While I only got rid of two Christmas decorations and actually brought more into my house that I can't even use until next year, I am still considering this to be part of the Kick the Clutter mission. Normally, I stuff everything into plastic bins and banish it all to our spare bedroom. The problem with that is that I never know what's in what box and so I end up digging through ALL of them just to find one thing (usually gift wrap for an early gift).
This year, I decided to do something we did with the seasonal stuff when I worked at The Dollar Tree way back in the mid-90's. As we packed everything up, we filled out an inventory sheet and then we taped that to the box once it was sealed up.
I just made a simple inventory form in Word, making sure to include what box out of total boxes there were so that I can make sure I have all of the boxed out when I get ready to decorate next year.
Then as I packed each box, I just summarized what was in each box and then taped the form to the box.
I also saved master copies of the forms on my computer so that I can see from there, what box I need before I go upstairs to find it.
I'm almost finished. I've got some stuff in the spare bedroom that I didn't use this year because I couldn't find it. I've got to get all of that out and get it inventoried and then packed up. Then I'll be ready to go for next Christmas!