Over the course of the next few days, we’re going to explore that sad time after the holidays when decorations and gifts must find a place to be stored or disposed. Putting away a menorah or Christmas tree or New Year’s party hat is never as much fun as bringing it out of storage or buying it. And, for a number of us, it’s cold and cloudy outside and the temptation to procrastinate the whole affair is pretty strong. Our couches and blankets call to us to sit for a while longer and relax while digesting all of those holiday meals.
I want to provide you with some links that you can peruse from the comfort of your couch. No need to be called to action just yet. Consider this “research.”
- Here is some advice from our readers on handling holiday cards: What to do with holiday cards? Recycle!
- Jan. 6 is the traditional day for taking down your tree, and here are tips on how to get rid of your real tree: How to dispose of a Christmas tree
- Want to make space for all of your child’s new toys? Here is some advice on that subject.
- Too much gift candy sitting around your home tempting you? Freeze it in small zip-top bags and bring it out in small portions over the next few months.
- Want to regift an item but wonder if it’s horribly tacky? Read these rules for regifting.
- Need to return or exchange an item because of damage or ill fitting size? Start by doing a Google search of the brand name and the phrase “how to return and exchange an item.” In some cases, you’ll need a gift receipt and tags, so be sure to know what you need before taking on the crowds in the stores.
- Wondering what to do with leftovers from all of your holiday meals? Wonder no more! Stilltasty.com has the most helpful advice.
- Need to replenish your home bar after all of your festive parties? Here’s a great list of essentials.
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This post has been updated since its original publication in January 2008.