“…Hold tight.  We’re in for nasty weather. There has got to be a way.  Burning down the house…”

I don’t know about you but sometimes Christmas and the days after kinda make me feel like the only way out of the mess IS, like the Talking Heads suggest, to burn down the house!

Discarded wrapping paper, boxes and bows.  New stuff perched precariously on top of old stuff.  Family members in and out of your house throwing their C.R.A.P. into the mix…

Know what I’m talkin’ about? 

If all that sounds even the teensiest bit familiar then the final step in our 12 step to a freak-out free Christmas will be music to your ears!  AND a hell of a lot less dramatic than setting your house on fire!

Get your house back to zero.

And here’s how you’re gonna do it-

The first thing you need to do is tame the Christmas beast.  This has two parts.  Your first job is to get rid of all the wrapping remnants.  If you reuse boxes or bows you better have a manageable system in place to deal with it all.  It’s not okay to just shove it all in a closet to “deal with” later.  Secondly, you’re gonna need to undecorate.  Now I know a lot of people like to keep their decorations up through New Years and that’s fine but if you’re feeling creepy crawly, getting rid of the excess decor IS gonna  help.

(Remember how you went through your decorations when you got them out?  I’m gonna need you to go through them again before you put them away.  The rules are the same -and here are those printables just in case you need ’em again- EXCEPT for the stuff you didn’t use this year.  Take a minute to think about why you didn’t use it.  Take another minute to think about if it’s time it moved on to a new home.  And pretend that first printable is titled UN Decking Those Halls!)


The second part of getting your home back to zero after Christmas is to make room for the new.  That’s a nice way of saying you need to go through all your old shit and get rid of what you don’t need, like, and/or use. Think of it as getting a head start on a clutter-free new year because we all know that’s on your resolution list, isn’t it?   You can even use the same strategies that are in those Christmas decor printables up there! (Seriously, that’s pretty much exactly what I teach my clients!)

Whether it’s after Christmas, before company comes over, or just a Sunday night, I promise you that the process of getting back to zero will NOT let you down. And will certainly save you from doin’ time in the clink for any arson attempts.