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Simple Christmas cleanup tips from the 'Clueless Chick'

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Now that the holidays are over, it's time to clean up and put those holiday decorations away. It may not be fun, but it's something that has to be done. Jennifer Durbin, author of Party Planning Tips for the Clueless Chick shares some simple ways to make your Christmas cleanup, and decorating next year, a little bit easier.

Preserving Memories

Christmas Card Keeper: One of the best parts of the holiday season is receiving adorable holiday cards in the mail. These days many people are sending out the most beautiful photo cards and it is a shame to throw them away, but keeping them can be a pain. Here is a simple way to keep all of your favorite holiday cards organized so that you can display them for years to come.

Christmas Card Flip Book

Tools:

  • Single Hole Punch
  • Metal Ring(s) found at any craft or office supply store
  • Cardstock

Instructions:

  • Use a hole punch to punch a hole in the top left corner of your cardstock, being sure to make the hole 1/2 inch from the top left corner. Note: If you prefer a book type binding, punch an additional hole 3 inches below the first hole.
  • Use your cardstock as a template to punch holes in each of your holiday cards, being sure to position them the way you would like to see them as you flip through the cards.
  • Once you have punched holes in each of your holiday cards, use the metal ring(s) to string them together. Be sure that your ring is large enough to allow you to easily flip through the cards.
  • Use your family's holiday card as the cover of your card flipbook so that each year you can look back on the changes and major events in your life over the years.

Organizing Small Ornaments

DIY Egg Carton Storage: It can be tough to store your small ornaments, especially those that are delicate, and ornament storage systems can be quite expensive. The solution – an egg carton. Simply stockpile a few clean empty egg cartons throughout the year and when it is time to pack up your small ornaments you have the perfect container. This is also a great way to keep your themed ornaments organized. TIP: When it is time to decorate the tree next year, use the egg cartons to divvy up ornaments between your little ones, it is much safer and efficient than handing them one ornament at a time.

Grab'n'go Storage Ideas

A Bag for Everything and Everything in a Bag: Your Christmas decorating and holiday party setup is made much easier if you strategically pack like items. This way you don't have to go digging for the holiday plates you KNOW you packed after you've already found your napkins. One of the easiest ways to make cleanup, storage and setup easier is by using a ZizzyBee Bag. These bags are much sturdier than a zip top bag and still give you the ability to see all of the contents. Plus, once filled, the bags are very easy to stack inside your storage container.

So take a little extra time to pack away your Christmas decorations, you'll be glad you did when it is time to put up the decorations next year!

You can find all of Jennifer's tips in Party Planning Tips for the Clueless Chick and by following the Clueless Chick on Facebook and Twitter.

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