In addition to loads of fun and merriment, the holidays come with loads of clutter. From boxes to wrapping paper and cards, this holiday generates a lot of mess–a lot of which we can be hesitant to throw away not only due to waste, but sentimentality. Fortunately, there are easy ways to make cleaning up and maintaining memories quick and easy. From Christmas cards to holiday plants, here are 4 ways to manage your post-holiday mess.
Repurpose Holiday Cards
If you’re like most of us, your mailbox came stuffed to the gills with holiday cards from family and friends. While beautiful, you may wonder what to do with all the cards. We love recycling and repurposing them by cutting out images to make ornaments or use for mosaic craft art. A less artistic, more functional option? Use them to make holiday gift tags for next year–you’ll be pleasantly surprised when you find them next season!
Replant Your Holiday Plants
From poinsettias to Christmas cactuses, many of us decorate with holiday greenery. The good news is, most of them can be kept alive to enjoy year round. Care and difficulty vary, but helpful resources abound. And in case your thumb isn’t as green as you’d like, you can always repot your holiday plants and donate them to places like nursing homes so that residents can enjoy their beauty and take advantage of their numerous health benefits.
Return or Re-gift Unwanted Presents
If you find your home cluttered with gifts you don’t want, you aren’t obligated to hold onto them. Instead, return them or re-gift them. Most businesses have lenient return policies during the holidays, so get the store credit and hold onto it until you find something you want. Likewise, re-gifting is a very green option (but be sure to keep a list of items and names–nothing is as embarrassing as re-gifting an item to the person who initially gave it to you!