Gather your lights, baubles, skeletons, and wreaths. It’s time for the December Use It Up Challenge. This month we are focusing on holiday decorations. By the end of the month, we have gone through every holiday in a calendar year. This makes it the perfect opportunity to go through all of those holiday decorations. We know what ones we did and didn’t use over the course of the year. In fact, there may be some you have been meaning to get rid of over the years but end up returning them to the box instead. No more. Let’s make sure what the decorations we keep are the ones we are going to use year after year.
December Use It Up Challenge
What is the Use It Up Challenge?
This is a monthly decluttering challenge that focuses on using the items instead of simply getting rid of them. This helps to reduce waste and also gets your money worth out of those items. Each month, a new category is chosen and we will focus on that category all month long. However, you don’t have to stop once that month ends. Keep decluttering and using up those items all year long. It will have a huge impact on your home and life at the end of the year.
If you are joining in, be sure to share your progress on social media using #IHUseItUp. I’d love to see how everyone is getting along with the challenge.
Where to start
This is fairly simple. Gather up all of the decorations and knickknacks that are associated with all of the holidays. It can be items for Christmas, Halloween, Easter, or even seasonal specific decor. Double-check your closets, crawlspace, and any other place you may have tucked away wayward ornaments. It may seem silly to be going through your Easter decorations in December, but best do it now. Who knows, you may clear up quite a bit of space in that full closet if you do so.
If your decorations are all mixed together, then separate them into categories. This will make it easier for you to go through them and determine which ones to keep and display, and which ones will be leaving your home.
How to use them up?
This is the fun part. Get decorating! Now, with it being December I doubt you would put out skeletons or eggs, but if that’s how you want to celebrate the holidays then, by all means, go for it! Whether you are decorating for Christmas, Hannukkah, or another holiday. Fill your house with the decorations and invite that holiday spirit in.
Now, are there decorations left over? Are there ones you dislike? Perhaps they are broken waiting to be fixed. It’s time to decide what to do with them. If there are decorations you no longer love, then get rid of them. Sell them, donate them, give them to a friend. Why keep them if you are never going to use them? When it comes to the broken ones, you have two options. Fix it now during the month while this challenge is running or toss them. Don’t put them back in the box and say you will fix them next year. Do it now while it’s on your mind. Once they are fixed, put them on display.
Repeat this process for all of the decorations for the other holidays and seasons. Remember which ones you use every year and which ones get ignored.
What I will be using up
Since most of my holiday decorations are for Christmas, this will be fairly easy for me. I have already set up my tree, though there are a few items that I have yet to pull out and put around the house. Once that is done, I will be seeing what is left in our tub of Christmas decorations. If there are any that have remained behind and I don’t have the room or the desire to put them out, I will get rid of them.
I know there are a few old Christmas ornaments that I inherited from my grandparents that I have been meaning to fix for a while. This is the year I will finally fix them. Any that can’t be fixed will be tossed. I may love these ornaments but there is little pointing to keeping broken ornaments just because they are sentimental. There is also a unicorn skeleton decoration for Halloween that broke this year that I will be fixing as well.
I will repeat this process for the few other decorations that I have.
Will you be joining the December Use It Up Challenge? What holiday decorations will you be using up?