It’s that time of year again! Time to deck the halls, hang the stockings by the chimney with care, and pull out those old Christmas inflatables that only see the light of day for a month or two out of the year.
But when you have too many Christmas decorations, what should be fun and festive can quickly turn into an absolute nightmare. But getting rid of Christmas decorations can be a little tricky, especially if you’re overwhelmed with the number of decorations you’ve collected over the years.
Decluttering your Christmas decorations is a great way to keep your sanity this holiday season, while also spreading cheer to others through donation and gifting. We’ll give you some tips and tricks for decluttering your Christmas decorations, from sorting and storage to donating your unwanted Christmas decorations.
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How to Get Rid of Christmas Decorations
Getting rid of Christmas decorations?! The very thought of it seems a little Grinch-like, but if you do it right, it’s actually a great opportunity to not only take a walk down holiday memory lane but it will make your Christmas decorating more manageable and less overwhelming – especially when you simply have too many Christmas decorations.
So how do you really know if you have too many Christmas decorations? Let’s find out.
- If you have more decorations than there are places for them in your home, you have too many Christmas decorations.
- If you have duplicate decorations sitting around collecting dust, you have too many Christmas decorations.
- If you have multiple bins of decorations that haven’t left the garage or basement since your kids flew the nest, you have too many Christmas decorations.
- If your house is known as the “tacky” one during the holidays, you have too many Christmas decorations.
- And last but not least, if planes flying overhead mistake your roof or yard for a landing strip, then (you guessed it) – you have too many Christmas decorations.
Now that we’ve determined if you have too many decorations, it’s time to start decluttering.
Sorting and Decluttering Christmas Decorations
To get a jump on decluttering Christmas decorations and make the sorting process much easier, here’s a list of items that you can discard from your collection right away: (but don’t throw them in the trash yet – we’ll get there soon!)
- One of each of any duplicates you have
- Broken ornaments, decorations and lights
- Decorations that you didn’t use the previous year
- Gift wrap, boxes and tissue paper that is ripped or torn
- Boxes of old greeting cards you’ve been saving but never used
Congrats! Step one is done. Now it’s time to create a discard pile for your broken decorations and unusable gift wrap, and a donation pile for the rest.
Sort Decorations By Holiday
Now that you’ve gotten your collection down to only those decorations that you use, are sentimental, or that you just can’t let go of yet, the next step is to sort and organize them by holiday and create a storage system that works for you. This will allow you to find things more easily when the time comes to pull everything out next year.
If you’re the kind of person who just shoves all of their holiday decorations into the same few boxes or totes, you’re doing yourself a huge disservice. When you sort your decorations by holiday, it not only makes finding the right decorations easier, but it takes the stress out of having to hunt down that special gravy boat for Thanksgiving or that Jack Skellington inflatable for Halloween.
Make storing your holiday decorations fun and festive by choosing color-themed bins for every holiday that you decorate for.
For instance, you can use a bin of one color with a lid of another one, like so:
- Kwanza: green and black
- Christmas: red and green
- Hannukah: blue and silver
- Halloween: orange and black
- Thanksgiving: brown and yellow
Color-coding your decoration bins makes it much easier to find the decorations you’re looking for when you need them. Plus, you can usually find these bins on sale at Home Depot or Walmart during holiday seasons in the colors that match the holiday.
Start With the Big Decorations
Once you have sorted your decorations by holiday, go ahead and go through the remaining decorations to see if there is anything else that you can let go of, including multiples and broken items.
Divide your remaining decorations by type (lights, ornaments, knick-knacks, candles, etc.) to make it easier to find what you’re looking for and keep everything nice and neat in their bins.
Even when you have decorations that are in good condition, you might still be able to let go of some of the ones you rarely or never use.
Calculate the amount of time it takes to set up and maintain your large decorations like trees and inflatables. If you don’t have the time to commit to setting up large inflatables and yard decor every year, go ahead and set those aside to either sell or donate.
During this step, ask yourself the following questions to make sorting easier:
- Is the decoration easy to set up?
- Are you really willing to put up the decoration every year?
If you answered ‘no’ to these questions, go ahead and stick it in the “donate” pile. This doesn’t only go for inflatables but also applies to Christmas trees and wreaths.
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Sorting Ornaments and Small Decorations
With the big stuff out of the way, you can now go through all of your smaller decorations and make some choices about what to keep, and what to get rid of.
Choose a Color Scheme and Style
When it comes to ornaments and smaller decorations, pick a color scheme and style that matches your home. Are you more modern or more traditional? Sticking to one style will help your decor match and not look out of place or tacky.
Anything else that doesn’t match your color scheme can be placed in the donation pile.
Hang on to Sentimental Decorations
Special ornaments that commemorate dates, were given to you by someone special or that have been handed down in your family should never wind up in the trash.
Going buck wild and clearing out everything – even the stuff that means something to you – will result in your regretting the choices you made in the craze of decluttering. So hang onto them. They’re special and you’ll want to cherish those memories for years to come.
By now you should have a pretty nice pile of Christmas decorations for donation. But where are the best places to donate your old Christmas decorations?
Donating Your Old Christmas Decorations
Now that you have sorted through all of your Christmas decorations and made neat little piles, what do you do with the ones that aren’t broken? When you have too many Christmas decorations, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re all broken or ready for the trash. So why not donate them, instead?
Donating Christmas decorations is a wonderful way to spread holiday cheer while also feeling good about your well-loved decor going to future good use. As they say, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”
There’s truly no better way to get in the Christmas spirit than being giving and charitable to your fellow man. After all, isn’t that what Christmas is really all about?
Where to Donate Christmas Decorations
Thanks to the internet and social media, there are now many more ways than hauling everything to a donation center to give away unwanted stuff to your friends, family, and even your neighbors.
You could always go the route of nationwide thrift stores and donation centers like Goodwill and Salvation Army, but these charities sell the items that you donate, and you’ll never really know where your donation went.
If you’d like to really feel that Christmas giving spirit, you’ve got some pretty cool online options that can connect you with your neighbors.
“Buy Nothing” on Facebook: If you’re on Facebook, see if there is a Buy Nothing group for your local city. Buy Nothing is an amazing way to post pictures of your unwanted Christmas decorations that others living in your city can comment on and you can gift to. Oftentimes, people in the group will give you backstories about why they want the item or what they’ll use it for. With Buy Nothing groups, you’re able to see the impact of your gifts while also connecting with your community.
Nextdoor: The Nextdoor app is also a good way to connect with your neighbors and offer them free ornaments and decorations. However, they’ll require that you verify your address by postcard before you’re able to post, so if you’re trying to get rid of things in a hurry, Nextdoor might take too long.
You can always offer your unwanted decorations to your friends, family, and coworkers. Who knows? Maybe you have that one special ornament that someone close to you has been searching for for years. You might just be someone’s holiday hero this year!
Broken Decoration Removal from LoadUp
When you have an abundance of broken or unwanted decor, get rid of your Christmas decorations the easy way with LoadUp. Since we don’t require pickup minimums and charge on an item by item basis, you can get all of your boxes of unwanted or broken decorations hauled away for eco-friendly disposal from the comfort of your home for 20-30% less than other junk removal companies.
Simply place your unwanted decorations in boxes or bags, visit our website and check out our upfront price generator to get your no-obligation free quote. If you like what you see, you can book a pickup using our online booking system. With local-loaders based all across the country, you can hire one of our friendly haul- iday crews to come as soon as tomorrow.
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