Maintaining a Home: Simplifying Your Holiday Life

Posted by Dan Wolf on Friday, December 12th, 2014 at 2:35pm.

You love the holidays but hate all the complication and clutter that comes with it. You have to buy, send and file Christmas cards; shop, wrap and give gifts; and unwrap and organize gifts that you get in your home with barely any space. Here are some tips for the current and next seasons that will simplify your life.    

Go digital.

Much of the holiday clutter comes from having to deal with physical items, such as gift wrap, gifts, and holiday cards inside your house. You can eliminate these complications for next season by putting them online. Do your shopping on popular consumer websites, have them wrap the gifts and add holiday greetings, and then ship everything to your recipient. As for the cards you do get from everyone else, either scan or photograph them so you can keep them on your hard drive. Then get rid of the originals.

Give and receive consumables.

Before the next season rolls around request that your friends and relatives give you only consumables such as chocolates, wine, movie tickets, or museum memberships. These items will only take up temporary space in your home before you use them up. As for the physical gifts you currently have, you can keep each one but only if you give away something that takes up equal or greater space. That way, you never increase the number of items in your house.

Hang color-changing lights.

Instead of going through the hassle of putting up and taking down holiday lights, set up weather-proof color-changing lights at the beginning of the year. While initially more expensive than traditional Christmas lights, they're suitable for any festive occasion. With a remote or through your smartphone, you can turn them red for Valentine's Day; red, white and blue for Independence Day; and orange for Halloween. You can find them at your local home center store or search online for “color-changing light strips.”

If you want more information about maintaining a home before, during, and after holidays, or want to buy or sell a property, please contact us at 907-248-9653 or visit us at

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