Shannon McGinnis is a Certified Professional Organizer. Her new book, The 10-Minute Tidy: 108 Ways to Organize Your Home Quickly, is chock full of quick and easy to use ideas that will help you reduce the stress and enjoy the holidays. Shannon says that with a bit of quick planning, you can avoid a crisis and get organized and stay on top of things as the New Year begins!
Here are Shannon’s tips for getting things organized and off to a good start in the New Year:
After The Holidays
1. List: Create a Post Holiday Gift Action List that itemizes all the items that need to be returned, where they need to go, the people you and the family members need to thank, and who is responsible for taking the action. Create a column to check off once the action item is completed. Post this list in a prominent location where everyone in the family can see it.
2. Sort and Store: Before everyone goes back to work or school, put the gifts, toys, and other holiday decorations away. Get everyone to put them in their rooms or moved to the right storage location. Save the original packaging of fragile items for proper and safe storage.
3. Purge: Anything you do not want or that is old, chipped, faded or no longer working should be given away or thrown away.