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A New Space By New Years - Part 5 - Holiday Special

The 6-part series dedicated to helping you de-clutter your home in time to start the new year off right!

Part 5 – Holiday Special Edition

Gifts? Check. Tree? Check. Stomach ulcer? Check. Wait, what? Why are you stressed? It’s only the week leading up to the biggest holiday of the year, when you’ll have more set-up and tear-down than a three-ring circus and less assistance than Tom Hanks in the movie Castaway. Piece of (fruit)cake, right?

Okay, so maybe you could use some help. Here’s what to do in order to make this holiday as easy as possible:

1. Clean as you go. Obviously, on the big morning, the kids will be singularly focused on shredding through wrapping paper. Picture something along the lines of the Tasmanian Devil meets a bag of potato chips. It can get messy.

Giving your children the unadulterated joy of opening gifts doesn’t necessarily mean they have to trash the room, though. Instead,bust out a garbage bag and tell the kids they have to get the wrapping paper and boxes in the bag between each gift.

Tell them they can shoot it, dunk it, or toss it, as long as it ends up in the garbage bag. Trust me, this won’t take anything away from their joy. Quite the opposite, in fact, as it will stretch the gift-opening ceremony out and allow them a little more time to enjoy their surprises.

2. Fun doesn’t mean disorganized. Just because there are new toys for the kids to play with doesn’t mean those toys should find their way into every corner of the room or house. Instead, have the kids stack the toys in a neat pile as they open their gifts.

Then, when they’re done opening boxes, have them find a place for the new toys in their room immediately instead of leaving a pile of toys to sit under the tree for the next week. This will help immensely when it comes time to get rid of that large, rotting, woodland situation going on in the living room (No, I’m not referring to any of your in-laws, I’m talking about the tree).

If they can’t find any space for the new toys, maybe it’s time to donate a few of the older, less-played-with toys to a charitable organization like Goodwill. With the new gifts in hand, the kids will be more open to the idea of getting rid of some of those older toys that do nothing but take up space anyway.

This goes for adults as well. After all, you can only store so many random holiday sweaters in your dresser before you run out of space.

3. There’s still a tree… in your living room… losing pine needles by the minute. Now I’m not suggesting that you chuck the tree through a glass window in the living room while little Timmy is still sitting under it, unwrapping gifts. By the same token, though, you shouldn’t try passing it off as a “Groundhogs Day Tree” in February when you haven’t gotten around to it yet.

Pick a deadline to get rid of the tree and stick to it – no excuses! The deadline itself can be arbitrary. Some like to have it out by or leave it up until New Years. Others want it gone by December 26th.

Either way, if you aren’t sure where to take the tree, it might make things easier to use a professional service like College Hunks Hauling Junk to come in and haul your tree away for you. So now that you’ve picked up some hints on getting through the stomach ulcer that is holiday cleanup, put down the Pepto Bismol and enjoy yourself!

From all of us at College Hunks Hauling Junk and College Hunks Moving, we wish you a happy, safe, and stress-free holiday!

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