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The Post-Holiday Home Cleanse: 15 Definitive Things You Should Not "Keep for Next Year"

Parting is such sweet sorrow, but starting off the New Year with a KonMari-esque clean slate is well worth the trouble. If you're conflicted over what to save and what to toss, scroll through for the definitive elimination guide.

 

1. Torn Wrapping Paper

 

The joy of tearing into a sheet of expertly cut wrapping paper to discover the gift underneath is unparalleled, but saving said shredded wrapping paper is unnecessary. We know -- it's so pretty! And you can surely use it to wrap up a smaller box. But chances are, you will tuck that sliver of wrapping paper somewhere "safe" and not even remember you have it the next time you need to wrap something.

 

 

Learn How to Store Wrapping Paper
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2. Collapsible Cardboard Gift Boxes

 

Save well-constructed and elegantly designed gift boxes if you plan to employ them for storage, but toss collapsible cartons that won’t withstand a second use. 

 

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3. Gift Tags

 

Save the beautifully written holiday cards your nearest and dearest have inscribed with their good tidings -- but toss the to/from gift tags. 

 

 

Learn to Make Gift Tags
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Photography by: Johnny Miller

4. Tissue Paper and Trimmings

 

Tissue paper is a single-use commodity. After all, who wants a gift bag adorned with thrice-crumpled paper? 

 

Make Crepe-Paper Crackers
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5. Tinsel and Twine

 

Delicate hand-blown ornaments and whittled wooden dreidels deserve a place in your permanent holiday collection. But some decorations are plain disposable!

 

 

 

Make a Tinsel Light Garland
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6. Christmas Cracker Contents

 

Embrace the holiday season by sporting your paper crown for a regal day and arranging a miniature game of chess, but be honest with yourself: Are you ever going to use these items again?

 

 

Create Christmas Cracker-Inspired Crafts
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Photography by: David Meredith

7. Gifts You Simply Won’t Use...

 

Instead of allowing hostess gifts you’ll never use to gather dust in your hall closet, donate surplus presents to a local charity where they can find a home with someone in need.

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8. ... and Those Well-Intentioned Gag Gifts

 

Take a moment to appreciate the amusement that stems from white elephant gifts before peaceably parting with them. 

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9. Frayed Ribbons

 

Fine silk or velvet ribbons can be repurposed in a myriad of creative ways, but their economical counterparts can be tossed after gift giving if unraveling has already occurred. 

 

 

Get the Best Bow, Ribbon, and Gift-Topper How-Tos
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10. Real Wreaths 

 

Unless you’ve chosen to adorn your home with reusable wreaths, the end of the holiday season harkens the time to toss evergreen garlands. Parched wreaths are more difficult to clean due to scattered needles, and can create a fire hazard when left for too long. 

 

 

Learn to Make Martha's Best Wreaths
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11. Window Decals and Seasonal Treatments

 

With their tendency to melt when left in the sun and innate tendency to aggregate grime, window decals should be retired immediately after the holiday season. Furthermore, dispose of tissue-thin treatments such as paper snowflakes and similar cutouts.

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12. Broken or Malfunctioning Decor

 

You either need to swap out the broken light bulb or fix whatever the issue is NOW or toss it -- trust us, there is nothing more frustrating than finding broken decorations when you are all amped up to get decorated.

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13. “Placeholder” Holiday Decor

 

Every first-time renter has an arsenal of inexpensive placeholder holiday decor to be replaced with more meaningful heirlooms down the line. Determine which starter pieces are truly worth holding onto, and donate the rest. 

 

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14. Paper Streamers

 

Ring in the New Year with shimmering streamers of silver and gold, but unless your creation is crafted of something sturdier than paper, scrap the accent. It just won't look as crisp or nice next year.

 

 

Make New Year's Streamers
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Photography by: Yunhee Kim

15. Anything Labeled 2015 (or the Previous Calendar Year)

 

Start the year on a fresh note by recycling paper calendars from the previous year and eradicating old date-stamped desktop calendars. 

 

 

Make a Reusable Tile Calendar
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