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What to Do With Holiday Decorations

What to Do With Holiday Decor When the Festivities Are Over

Sure, some of your faux pumpkins can be used as Thanksgiving decor, but what happens when the celebratory parties are over? You'll be left with a pile of holiday paraphernalia that you won't know what to do with. We turned to organization expert Peter Walsh who shared with us the smart way to deal with holiday leftovers:

"I’m always amazed at how much time and care people take putting up their holiday decorations every year, but come Jan. 2, there’s often a mad dash to take everything down, throw it all in a few boxes, and store it away in the basement or attic. The problem with that is that it leaves you with a hugely disorganized mess next season.

"My advice: take a little time when taking down the decorations and ask yourself whether you really need to hold onto each piece or whether it can be tossed. Part of the fun of the holiday season is reliving great memories with special holiday decorations. But if you’ve stored the cheap inexpensive holiday ornaments side by side with those that you cherish, you’re burying your own treasures. Also, don’t forget the stores will have more sales next year on holiday decorations — and if you’ve done a good job of purging the unimportant stuff, you’ll have more freedom to go out and buy a couple of new special pieces to add to your memories."

What do you usually do with your leftover holiday decorations?

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