December Use It Up Challenge – Holiday Decorations

The November Use It Up Challenge is here and it's all about tackling sentimental clutter.

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.

In the previous months, we have tackled notebooks, candles, cleaning supplies, craft supplies, clothes, bath items, books, food, toys, games, and sentimental items.

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?



  1. I love this idea – when we decorated our house for Christmas I took it as the opportunity to mend a few broken ones and toss out a few others. I also label boxes for each room to make it easier and quicker to decorate and then put away again!

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      Thank you. Oh, that’s a great idea for knowing which decorations go in which room of the house, I need to do that when I put it all away at the end of the month, will make decorating that much easier in the future.

  2. I love your use it up challenges. I’m super proud of myself because our holiday decor is already up. I’ll be on the lookout for things I don’t use or need to repair. Thanks for the post!

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      Thank you. That’s great that you have your holiday stuff up already, that will make it easier to spot any items you aren’t using or need fixing.

  3. Love this idea. It’s so good to use things up and fix up things rather than throw them away or buy new things! Thanks for sharing!

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      Thank you. I think it’s important to make the most out of what we own instead of running out to buy the newest shiny thing.

  4. Clever concept here! I have seasonal decor, rather than strictly for certain holidays, but not many decorations overall (except for when it comes to Christmas). Christmas is definitely where I have the most fun decorating and I have everything out right now! So all that’s in boxes are some fake pumpkins and an autumn wreath!

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      Thank you. Sounds like you have exactly the right amount of decorations since the only ones not currently out are the ones for a different season.

  5. This is a great category to focus on. We got rid of A LOT of decorations in the process of moving into this house and were shocked to realize just how much we had stored away. There were boxes that we had forgotten about, purchasing new items rather than digging them out (because we didn’t realize that they were there). It meant that we had more decorations than we could have possibly used lol

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      Thank you. Moving does have a habit of helping you get rid of things since you really don’t want to bring stuff that will eternally live in boxes to your new place. We have totally done that too, bought something because we didn’t think we had it and then found a duplicate a few weeks later.

  6. What a great idea for a challenge and so much better than just throwing something away. With the notebooks I am trying to use all of them up before I start a new one. Thank you for sharing this.

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      Thank you. It definitely is a good way to reduce waste and truly use what you have. That’s a good way to do it, I have been working on my notebooks as well, using the ones that only have a few empty pages left before diving into a new one.

  7. This is a really nice concept and seems like a fun challenge.

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      Thank you.

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      Thank you. We absolutely live in a throwaway society and it’s sad. That’s why I started this challenge so people can realize they have plenty of useable items in their home without needing to run to the store every time.

  8. This is such a great challenge! How fun! Thanks for sharing it!

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      Thank you.

  9. This is a great idea! We moved into a larger apartment this year, so I’m adding to our Christmas decor. I do have some Fall/Halloween decorations that I didn’t use this year or am planning on not using next year. This post gave me great ideas on what to do with those unused decorations. Thanks for sharing!

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      Thank you. I’m glad it helped you figure out what to do with those unused decorations. I hope you are able to add the Christmas decor you want and that it looks great in your new place.

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      Thank you. I’m glad to hear you do this regularly, that will help cut down on decoration clutter.

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