Day 29 - Tree Ornaments {Net Zero Decluttering Challenge} | From Overwhelmed to Organized: Day 29 - Tree Ornaments {Net Zero Decluttering Challenge}

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Day 29 - Tree Ornaments {Net Zero Decluttering Challenge}

Have you ever felt overwhelmed during the month of December with all the stuff that enters your home? The trick I've found helps me is to declutter throughout the month. Will you join me in the Net Zero Decluttering Challenge?

Each day this month I'll share some decluttering tips and ideas so you can end the month with the same number of items in your home (or maybe even less!) than what you started the month with.

Today I'm sharing tips on decluttering your tree ornaments.

Today's Suggested Decluttering Task

Some of you have probably already taken down your Christmas tree and others will keep it up for another week or so.  Either way, you can declutter ornaments.  If you've already taken your tree down, go through your boxes or bins of ornaments and declutter them.  If you haven't taken your tree down yet, go through the boxes or bins you store your ornaments in as well as the ornaments on your tree.

Ornament collections tend to grow every year as you give ornaments to your kids, receive ornaments as gifts, or buy ornaments to reflect your current interests or tastes.  But a tree can only hold so many ornaments!  And you can only store so many tree decorations.

Once again I recommend following the one-in-one-out rule.  Declutter at least as many ornaments as you added to your collection this year.  More if you haven't decluttered your ornaments in a long time, or if you're short on storage space for your tree decorations.

Here are some tips to help you declutter your ornaments:

  • Toss any ornaments that are broken or damaged
  • Give away ornaments that weren't used this year (unless there was a specific reason why not... and you know you will use them next year)
  • Donate ornaments that you have lots of extras of 
  • Let go of ornaments that you don't really love any more (tastes that have changed, themes your kids have outgrown, colours you don't enjoy now, etc.)
Decluttering your ornaments will make it simpler to pack them away and easier to decorate your tree next year.  

Decluttering My Tree Ornaments

I decluttered our ornaments before Christmas, when we decorated our tree.  We added about 7-8 ornaments, but we decluttered quite a few more than that so I'm not too worried about decluttering more now.  We won't take down our tree until probably this weekend, after the #NetZeroClutter challenge is over, but I'm sure I'll come across a few more ornaments to declutter at that point.

My Progress in the #NetZeroClutter challenge

Today I worked on packing up our Christmas gift wrap supplies and I also put away many of our Christmas gifts.  In the process I decluttered a few more things:

  • 1 gift box
  • 4 extra large gift bags
  • 1 gift wrap stamp set
  • 2 small gift bags
  • 1 bow
  • 6 gift tags
  • 2 ribbons
  • 1 spool of curling ribbon
  • 2 small tins
  • 16 candies and suckers (old stuff to make room for the new candy received for Christmas)
  • 7 small gifts that will be re-gifted or donated (I have a sweet neighbour who gives my kids gifts each year that are far below their age level... she sees them often but just doesn't register that they continue to grow older...I'll re-gift some of them to a few younger kids we give gifts to and donate others)

My hubby went shopping today and bought some gifts to restock our gift bins.  But I'm not counting them as items "in", since they were all bought for specific people and are only temporarily being held here (and I don't usually count outgoing gifts as items we've decluttered).

So that puts me at -43 items today in the #NetZeroClutter challenge and -334 overall.  

What's Next For You?

Take some time today to declutter your tree ornaments.  Or anything you'd like to declutter!  Take some pictures and share your progress on social media using the hashtag #NetZeroClutter.  Let me know how you're doing in the challenge so I can cheer you on!

Sign up to receive my blog posts by email so you get each day's post in your email inbox every morning.  You can unsubscribe after the challenge is over if you don't want to continue receiving my blog posts by email.

I'd also love for you to join our 365 Items in 365 Days Facebook group as you do this challenge!  You'll be able to share with others what you're decluttering and feel encouraged and inspired by everyone else who is also decluttering!

If you'd like more decluttering ideas, you can check out my Decluttering/Purging Tips & Ideas board on Pinterest.

So that's today's post in the Net Zero Decluttering Challenge!  I'm enjoying doing this challenge and I'm excited to have you join me.  I love hearing all the stories of how much more you're enjoying your holidays because you're not overwhelmed by all the stuff in your home!

How many tree ornaments did you let go of today?  Do you add new ornaments to your collection every year?  How do you keep your collection from becoming too cluttered?

Happy organizing decluttering!

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Here are all the posts in this challenge in case you missed any or want to share some with your friends or family!