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Where will you put it in January?

Tips from Ask the Experts’ Elizabeth Tawney Gross

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Where will you put all those holiday decorations when the season is over? Isn’t it tempting to purchase more beautiful holiday decorations? That would look great on the mantel, wouldn’t it?

Before you buy something new, ask yourself where you are going to put it come January. Do you have extra space to store that new item? If not, are you willing to give up something you already have to make room for it? Are you spending money every month to rent a storage area to keep decorations you only use once a year because you’ve run out of room to store them at home?

Retailers have convinced us that we need the newest thing to decorate our homes for the season. Styles and colors are changed every year to entice us to buy all new things. Why is lime green a Christmas color now? Because it’s new and different. We’re all tempted to buy things just because they are different from what we already have.

Does the purchase of new items really add to your holiday joy? When I look back to holidays as kid I remember the excitement of unpacking ornaments that had become part of the family heritage. Do you get the same pleasure when you have new decorations each year? You can build memories with the things you already own as you create holiday traditions around them.

As you look at holiday decorations in the stores, ask yourself two questions. Will having this new item really make my holiday season better or is it just more stuff? Where will I put it in January?

Copyright© 2014 Elizabeth Tawney Gross, Organizing For Everyday, LLC

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Ask the Experts panelist Elizabeth Tawney Gross is the owner of Organizing for Everyday and a certified professional organizer in chronic disorganization. Send her a question at Find out more about her at

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