Post-Holiday Organizing Tips

BY: Christina Hansen


Men entangled on christmas lightThe holidays: they come at you fast, are over in a flash, and then leave you in need of some serious cleanup and organization. When the parties have ended, your guests have gone home, and the Christmas tree has started looking a little dry, that's the sign that it's time to get down to business. Messes to tackle, decorations to take down and store – you know the drill. But don't let the task list get you down – a few simple products and our post-holiday cleanup tips will have you organized and feeling like yourself before you can say "New Year's resolutions."


Wind Up Those Lights
There's nothing like a strand of tangled Christmas lights to teach you that a little foresight can save you a lot of frustration down the road. It may seem fast to pull lights off your Christmas tree, wad them up, and then throw them into boxes or plastic bags, but you'll be sorry next year when it takes 5 times as long to unravel them. Save yourself the trouble by winding twinkle light strands onto cord reels before putting them in storage.

Our favorite product to help in this area is the Two-Spool Wire and Cable Storage Bag, a compact all-in-one storage tote that houses two cable reels on stands, each of which has the capacity to hold up to 100 feet of mini lights. Imagine being able to store 200 feet of holiday lights, knot-free, in a space that&'s only 15 x 11.25 x 6 inches! Next Christmas just got a whole lot merrier.


Respect Your Extension Cords
Ah, extension cords – the lifelines that keep our lights bright, our inflatable snowmen standing proud, and our robotic Santa sleighs dashing through the snow. To put it mildly, our electric decorations would be sunk without them. And yet, when they're not needed, we basically tie extension cords in knots and toss them anywhere that they'll stay out of our way. Seeing as how power extensions make so much cheer possible, it only makes sense to start treating them with a little more kindness and respect, doesn' Luckily, your extension cords are only an EZWIND™ away from complete pampering. Designed to prevent the kinking and twisting that happen when power extensions are coiled via the old-fashioned "arm loop" method, the EZWIND™ cord organizer is an actual frame that cords stay safely wrapped around while they're in storage. EZWIND™ can accommodate up to 150 feet of cable, and has 4 slots to gently hold plug ends after everything has been coiled.


Don't Forget to Label
Dymo LetraTagWhat good is it to carefully pack away ornaments and holiday linens if you won't be able to remember what's in the boxes later? Once all of your seasonal items have been bubble-wrapped, tissue-papered, and nestled into their storage containers, take a few extra seconds to label the boxes before hoisting them into the attic or onto shelves. When next Christmas rolls around, you'll be able to grab exactly what you need, when you need it, without having to rummage through every single container.

Our favorite way to label is to reach for a handheld personal label printer, which produces crisp, clear, professional-looking labels that are a lot easier to read than, say, faded magic marker scrawl. Quality battery-powered label printers can be had for as little as $30, but if the budget is tight, you can always opt for a manual turn-and-click embosser, which is fun to use and still produces very passable labels. Whichever kind of labeler you choose, rest assured that you'll get your money's worth; they're also great for marking file folders, kitchen canisters, and even school and office supplies.