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After Christmas Ideas and Tips for a New Year

With Christmas in the rearview mirror, it’s time to put it away and get organized for the new year. From putting away Christmas decor to organizing and decluttering my home, I love the opportunity a new year brings don’t you? Streamline the process with these after-Christmas ideas and tips for a fresh start in the new year.


Now that Christmas has come and gone, I’m ready to tackle the new year with a fresh perspective and great enthusiasm.

Are you ready for it too?

As we head into a new year, I’m always looking for ways to clean up, get organized, and simplify things for myself next year.

This means, putting Christmas away with some thought and consideration about how to make it easier and less work for myself next year while decluttering my home for winter.

Here are some ideas and tips to help you streamline the process.

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After Christmas Ideas and Tips for the New Year

I don’t know about you, but on New Year’s Day? All of my Christmas decor comes down and gets put away until next year.

There’s a lot too, so organizing it all now will make things easier for me when I decorate for next year.

And as I remove it, I like to declutter so I can start with a fresh space while transitioning to my winter decor.

Last year, we had just moved in so I didn’t focus too much on how my home looked for winter as we were really busy renovating the dining room, sunroom, front entry hall, and family room.

But this year?

I’m all about cozying things up when the Christmas decor comes down until it’s time for spring flowers.

So these after-Christmas ideas tips, tricks, and inspiration could not have come at a better time!

first Christmas in our home tour with rustic farmhouse christmas tree, large lanterns and gift wrapping ideas

Christmas Tree Ornament Storage Hack (Tik Tok Made Me Do It!)

Looking for better ways to store your Christmas tree ornaments for an easier process next year? Wait until you see this cool storage hack that I found on Tik Tok!

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The Best Seasonal Storage Ideas for Decor

Are you needing seasonal storage ideas to help you organize your Christmas decorations? My good friend Rachel from the Ponds Farmhouse shared these simple tips that will keep all your seasonal decor organized and you’ll know exactly where to find each item.

shiplap and shells after christmas ideas with faux fireplace and layered mirros for cottage style decor

9 Ways to Be Prepared for Next Christmas

If you are still trying to recover from the craziness of the holidays, my good friend Kim from Shiplap and Shells shared 9 ways to help you prepare for next year’s Christmas season by starting now.

christmas storage ideas by cottage in the mitten

5 Must-Have for Keeping the Holiday Season Organized

Do you feel a little overwhelmed with everything there is to store away, after the holidays? If so, my good friend Kim from Cottage in the Mitten shared five must-haves for keeping your next holiday season organized.

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How to Organize a Small House With No Storage

Organizing & decluttering a home with limited storage space is easy with these 5 simple tips that anyone can use from my good friend Heidi at Eleanor Rose Home.

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How to Transition Your Home From Holiday to Winter Decor

If you are looking for creative ways to transition into winter decor check out this Vintage Ski Lodge Decor Series from Ann at Dabbling and Decorating that is filled with winter decorating ideas from snowshoes and old skis to how to make ice lanterns.

winter decor on wood table by thistle key lane

Simple Ways to Decorate After Christmas

My good friend Michele from Thistle Key Lane shared some simple ways to decorate for winter after Christmas with easy tips that are sure to freshen up your home for winter after the holidays are over.

cottage on bunker hill with winter decor refresh ideas

Easy Ideas to Refresh Your Home in January

Now that you have Christmas all packed away for another year it’s a great time to add a few cozy touches to your spaces for Winter. Here is my good friend Jennifer from Cottage on Bunker Hill’s easy ideas to refresh your home in January that are super budget-friendly too!!

she gave it a go winter storage ideas for christmas decor organizing

Fantastic Ways to Store Christmas Decor

After Christmas, packing up can feel overwhelming if you do not have a storage solution for your decor. So why not make the storage easy, budget-friendly, and practical? Come check out my good friend Brendt from She Gave It a Go’s awesome ideas for storing Christmas decor.

Winter mantel decorating ideas with robyn's fremch nest with large vintage mirror, vintage candles and faux greens

How to Make Beautiful Winter Mantel Decor

When the Christmas decor comes down, the cozy feelings don’t have to go away! My good friend Robyn from Robyn’s French Nest shares some tips and ideas to create simple winter decor for January. You can use these same concepts throughout your home for the winter season!

How to refresh your home after christmas with white lilac farmhouse

5 Easy Ways to Refresh Your Home After Christmas

With the holidays over, we look for cozy ways to style our home for the winter. My good friend Tammy from White Lilac Farmhouse shares 5 easy ways to refresh your home after Christmas.

small closet organization ideas by simply 2 moms

How to Make a Storage Closet More Organized and Functional

Now that the holidays are over it’s time to get organized. Do you have a storage closet or room that’s gotten out of control? Come see how my good friends Anne and AnnMarie from Simply 2 Moms took an unorganized mess and created a functional and organized space.

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18 Comments

  1. Stacy,
    I love your idea. This is such a fun roundup. Thanks for participating. Have a wonderful week and Happy New Year.

  2. It feels so good to be organized after a crazy busy season! You are definitely right about simplifying! Makes everything so much easier next time! Happy New Year, Stacy!

  3. Loved the hack that you shared! Who knew!! So many wonderful tips and ideas here from everyone. I gleamed something from everyone to make my life easier.

  4. I am totally stealing your ornament storage hack Stacy! Brilliant idea! I have so many small boxes of glass ornaments and we are always trying to find the best way to store them without breaking an ornament. Thank you so much for this genius idea!

    1. Me too!!!! I tried this and it worked really well. My vintage ornaments I’m going to still protect really well but for everything else, this method worked amazing!

  5. I love getting organized after New Year’s but this year I’m starting to take everything down now. Lucas is so happy I took the garlands down that were around the doorways because they kept catching his hair!!

  6. I always feel just a little bit smart after reading an organizing post, and I love your ornament storage solution! Wishing you a very Happy New Year!

    1. We are!!! What a great week it is too. The skiing has been amazing! I hope you had a nice Christmas! Happy New Year!