After-Christmas Checklist Feature photo

This year’s Christmas holiday has come and gone and it’s time to plan your attack on your after Christmas checklist. Here’s a list of five items that will efficiently and quickly get you back on track to normal in the blink of an eye (well, almost!)

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As with every list of tasks, it’s totally acceptable to enlist help to get the job done. A spouse or grandchild could make accomplishing the checklist that much easier. (You’ll have to make the decision if that’s actually the case in your situation. 😉 ) So, here’s your quick list. Make sure and have fun as you check things off the list which I believe is the most satisfying thing of all!

Also, at the bottom of the post, there’s a link to our absolutely free Happy Hostess Holiday Go-To Meals Workbook. It will give you some great ideas for informal meals after Christmas and New Years’. You might find one that would work for your Checklist working time!

#1 Put the Gifts away from Under the Tree

Find a spot for your new treasures as the first step in your after-Christmas checklist. Even if it’s out in the garage so you can know where to find it next year to be used as a white elephant gift! Decide which ones you might need to return or exchange. and move them along.

#2 Take Photos Before you Take Down the Decorations

I always wish I would’ve done that! I’m a ‘process decorator’. That means I set things one way and then maybe put something else in the middle of it or take something away. And, eventually, it looks just right. Most importantly, save the photos someplace where you’ll be able to find them! Oh, maybe print them out and put them in the decorations tub.

After-Christmas photo of how the fireplace was decorated this year.
Christmas 2020
after christmas photo to remember
Christmas 2021

You can also take photos of your after Christmas decorating. I love our Christmasy decorated house and am actually sad to have to un-do all the cozy cuteness of our personal North Pole home. So, this year I’ll be considering ways to incorporate some of the holiday elements into my winter look.

#3 The After-Christmas Take Down

We usually leave things up till after New Year’s. But, this year could be WAYYYY different! We’re definitely not the keep things up until March types, but we want to ‘get our money’s worth’. After New Year’s Day, I’m ready to get things going and put Christmas and its memories behind me. Whenever you choose, that’s right for you. ❤️

Remember too that this is a great time to organize and purge. Your next year’s self will be so happy you did!

Save to your favorite Christmas board on Pinterest!

#4 Re-organize the Christmas Tubs

Everything’s down. They’re roughly grouped into shiny little piles and ready to go back to bed in their respective tubs. But wait, let’s take a breath and a few minutes to consider organizing all these traditional holiday treasures in a different way.

One way to tub your decorations and treasures could be by area. We decorate the credenza in the living room, the fireplace mantle in the family room, the niche in the entry, a couple of antique pieces here and there, and the coffee and end tables. I might just pack up each space and mark that. How easy would next year be?!

This article goes into more detail in regards to organizing after Christmas. I recommend reading it for helpful suggestions! How to Safely Store and Organize Holiday Decor

#5 Your Favorite After Christmas Sale

The thought of going back into a retail store might be close to nauseating at this point, so this one’s totally up to you! But, an after-Christmas sale of decorations and wrapping materials can’t be beaten. We’re building up our outside decoration and will be looking for that little family of lighted deer. Or, the white nativity set. Got my eyes open!

Returning is not my favorite activity, but it can be palatable if you time it right, go mentally prepped, and are not hungry. Early is usually best if you’ve got the flexibility in your schedule to do that. Visit with the people around you or get on top of your email while you wait.

Let’s Wrap This Up

As you put a big bow on Christmas for this year, remember that it’s up to you how quickly or slowly you wrap IT up! If you want to let the holidays linger a little longer go for it. Take it down and put it away when you’re ready. And, if you’d just as soon get that stuff back in the boxes and piled back in storage, that’d be perfect as well.

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We all know Christmas is more about our focus on the Baby born that day who grew up to eventually give His life for us. So, taking advantage of after-Christmas sales, returning the not-quite-right presents, packing the decorations, and all the items on the checklist are secondary to the amazing life and promises that were given to us through the real Gift of Christmas.

Another post on Quiet Hollow will also serve to encourage you in making this a meaningful, hopeful holiday season! Check out How You Can Make 2020 Your Best Christmas Ever! (it’s been updated to the current year).

Blessings on y’all as we look forward with excitement to another New Year.

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  1. I loved the photo idea for keeping track of decoration locations, etc. Why didn’t I think of that?! Thanks for the ideas to help me start 2021 on the right foot! Cheers!

    1. Kathy Rowland says:

      Thanks Jane! Yup, that came to me this year because I really liked how things landed in the decorating process AND I knew I wouldn’t remember what I did! Happy checking off your list!

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