Creating Space: Organizing Your Gifts After the Holidays

The gift-giving season is wrapping up. You’ve opened your presents, and now it’s time to declutter and find a place for everything. This can seem a bit daunting, especially if you’re home has a minimalist aesthetic. So, how do you keep your space clean and organized now that you have these new gifts?


A good start: Do a quick cleaning. Get rid of any wrapping paper that’s left over. Recycle any cardboard boxes you may have sitting around. Before you find a place for your presents, you’ll want to have your space orderly.


You may also want to consider organizing all the goods you already have. This will give you a clear idea of how much space you’re working with, and it’s a great chance to start thinking about where you’re going to put your new clothes, books, or kitchen gadgets.


Next, create space in your home. Go through your house and see what you can get rid of. Maybe there are some speakers or kitchen appliances you no longer need; you can donate these to people who will get use out of them. If you received a set of cast-iron pans for the holidays, you can give your previous skillets to friends and family, opening up a ready-made spot for your new ones. Or, if you’re especially tight on room, you may want to get rid of one old item for every new one you were gifted.


Make sure you have the right storage options, too. A basket, box, trunk, or caddy can provide space for your new items and enhance your home’s aesthetic. These organizational options are functional and look good, creating a nice home for your new goods. And take time to think about where you’re putting everything—that way your home won’t feel cluttered when the holidays are over.


One final suggestion: It’s okay to get rid of those white elephant presents. The gift exchange was fun, but there’s no sense in filling up your space with a gift no one wants.

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