Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Kick the Clutter Christmas Style

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!

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6 crafty peeps said:

  1. i like the mission.... but for me i think it might be mission impossible! :) i will get to it when i get to it- the pressure would kill me!

  2. Good for you! You are getting me inspired!

  3. Good idea Kristi
    Come and get me organized. The older I get, the more I can't find things. I think I am going to clean out and make things a little more simpler.
    Gale Bagwell

  4. I did that earlier with all of my misc bins earlier this year - I just numbered the containers and than keep master lists in my control journal than I can look at the list and see what box it is in :-)

    I plan on doing that with my Christmas stuff do - I pack stuff away by room so it is easy to number/label the boxes.

  5. That is disgustingly organized!! LOL Have I mentioned that my New Year's resolution is to declutter and be more organize? Boy can I learn a thing or two from you!!

    Hopping over from Primitive and Proper. Also, new follower :)

  6. I still haven't started taking down Christmas. I plan on getting it done tomorrow - so I will definitely be borrowing this idea!