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Holiday Decorations…Sort, Organize and Label

Now that the excitement of the holidays has passed, it is time to tackle the un-decoration! Just a few short weeks ago it seemed like such a great idea to decorate every room in the house.  At this point, you might even be avoiding rooms, knowing that there are more items to be packed away.

Perlman Christmas tree copy

“Sort, Organize and Label” we associate these steps with cleaning out closets, pantries and garages but they are also valuable in packing up holiday decorations.  Regardless of the holiday you celebrate, next year when you pull out your decorations, you will be thankful that you took a few extra minutes to sort, organize and label when packing things up, this year.

Before starting the Sort, Organize and Label process there is one more step…cleaning! At this point, you are probably thinking that this blog could not get worse.  Trust us, you will be glad you did this!

  • Check your tablecloths, napkins and holiday towels for stains-these wont magically disappear by next year, in fact, they will get worse.  If stains don’t come out you should thin about discarding the item.
  • Light strands-only pack them if all the bulbs are working
  • Hanukkah Menorah-remove the wax
  • Hanukkah candles-you need 44 each Hanukkah, so fi you have several open, half used boxes combine them-you might not need to buy candles next year.

So now for the “fun stuff”:  Sort, Organize and Label

  • When packing up your decorations store “like” items together, being sure to label the boxes:
    • Tablecloths, napkins and holiday towels
    • Stockings with stocking hangers
    • Wreaths with wreath hangers
    • Lights
    • Ornaments
    • Assorted decorations-group by theme or room, depending on what is more purposeful for your decorating style
  • Be sure that fragile items are stored in a way that they wont break or get damaged

christmas storage

  • If you have decorations that you no longer use but want to keep for memories or to pass along when your children get older, store those separate from the ones you will use next year-label them accordingly “For Suzie’s first home”, “Family Keepers”
  • Holiday cards are letters-stack them, wrap with a ribbon and attach a tag with the year.  These are fun to look through to see how friends and family have changed over the years…don’t forget to save one of yours as well!
  • If you have  special holiday pajamas, slippers or linens go ahead and pack them up-yes, it seems unusual to pack them with holiday decorations but when you think about it there is no need to store them in a separate location. Again, label accordingly!

So once again our running theme of Sort, Organize and Label is used in a different way!

Happy New Year!


How many sheet sets does one household need?

How many sheet sets does one household need?


If you found the last blog helpful, then you will probably be pleased with this one. After these two blogs you will be on your way to a well-organized linen closet. The key to not having an overflowing linen closet is to not have too many things in it-brilliant concept we know!! The pressing question is “How many sheet sets should I have?” Again, there’s no law, just suggestions and recommendations based on purposeful thought and no emotional ties to your linen closet.

Good news-the math is a bit easier with sheet sets versus towels-whew, big relief we know!  Here you go, plan and simple:

2 sets of sheets for each “Sleeping Space

What is a “Sleeping Space”? Any sort of bed family members and guest may sleep on.  This includes: sofa beds, blow up mattresses, campers, bunk beds, beach/mountain/lake homes (unless you keep linens there-in which case, follow the same rules).


As expected, there are a few extra thoughts, suggestions and exceptions to the rule:

  • If you have a bed-wetter, keep an additional set for those beds
  • If you aren’t always quick with the laundry turn-around, pick up an extra set
  • Keep your spare beds made and ready to go, even with the sofa beds-sheets will fit folded in the bed
  • Consider purchasing similarly colored sheet sets so you can mix and match
  • Your old sheets can be donated to the animal shelter or cut into rags
  • To make changing linens easy (yes-that is a slight exaggeration, the only real way to make it easy is to have someone else do it), keep your sheet sets together in your linen closet.  Fold your flat and fitted sheets, then put them inside the pillowcase, extra pillowcases for the bed can also be placed inside.  This way when it is time to change the linens they are ready to go.


An Organized Home Starts with a Less Cluttered Home

One way to have an organized home is to reduce the clutter.  This is likely to be a running theme with our blogs, but that’s only because it is absolutely true.  Best part is there is a solution and it is very clear…reduce your clutter.

Most of us seem to have too many of the same type of items.  Below is a list that is pretty comprehensive and will help you rethink the quantity you really need of each item. Clearly this won’t cover everyone but you may read this and think “Yep-this applies to me.”

  • Glasses:  Wine glasses, juice glasses and martini glass fill many of our cabinets.  Do you really need a different glass for every beverage that you drink? Wine aficionados may disagree, but the trend towards stemless wine glasses can streamline your cabinets.
  • “Tupperware”: Go through your stash and put any containers without tops in the recycling bin.  Permanently stained containers need to go, same with any that are cracked.  Another option is to eliminate plastic altogether and switch to dishes that can go from oven to table to fridge.  Or eliminate the need for special leftover containers with stretch-to-fit covers.  

June 16 - Storage Containers

  • Cleaning/Grooming Products: Whether it’s hair, nail or cleaning products, we’ve all got a weakness.  Don’t worry, we’ve all been suckered in by the product that promised to transform our hair or or remove hard to clean soap scum.  Time to eliminate.  Streamline your routine, whether it’s hair care or cleaning, weed out the products you don’t use.  For cleaning, an all-purpose cleanser, scrub and window cleaning product can probably get you through most chores. 
  • Makeup: Many of us have enough colors for the next decade of Halloweens.  Makeup, especially lipsticks, mascaras, liquid liners and foundations can go bad.  Toss anything you haven’t worn in the past 6 months.  Not only is it probably bacteria-laden, chances are you’ll never use it. 
  • Hangers:  A mix of wood, plastic and wire hangers are often jumbled together in closets, ruining your clothes and making things look messy.  Uniform hangers make your closet look neat and keep your clothes looking better longer.  Many cleaners will accept wire hangers.


  • Books: Your favorite books, your favorite children’s books and first editions should be kept.  However, the summer beach read, caked with sand, or the book for your book club that you only read because you had to, can be donated.  Many of us have a mental block against getting rid of books, but if you’re not using them, they are just collecting dust.  Cull your collection and donate books to your local library, a hospital or nursing home.  If you haven’t already done so, consider making the switch to reading books electronically.  
  • Office supplies: What is it about a new notebook or a new pen that holds so much promise? Is it a holdover from when new supplies meant a new grade at school with its promise of a shiny bright future? Do you really need and use all those notepads? Next time you are at hotel, remember that you don’t need to grab the notepad and pen off the desk.  Speaking of hotels…
  • Hotel sized items: Yes, they are cute, but when you take them home, they just become clutter.  Use them up:  store small sizes with your weekender or gym bag and use them when you’re heading to places where you might need pint-sized bath products.  Or better yet, donate to your local homeless shelter.
  • Frilly soaps, bath stuff and scented candles: If you have them, use them-don’t just collect them, thinking you’re saving them for a special occasion.  In the meantime, tuck scented soaps into your sock drawer to scent your toes.  Same with candles, use them or give them to someone that will get pleasure form them.
  • Vases:  If you’ve ever received flowers, chances are they’ve come in a glass vase.  If you don’t use them, recycle them.  Keep the ones you might actually use and recycle the rest.  Keep the ones you have filled with flowers.

Organized Home, Less Cluttered