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5 Super Simple Steps To Your Holiday Clean-Up

Psst — how are you feeling now that the holidays are over? Would you say you’re enthusiastic about what’s to come in 2018, or are you feeling apathetic about the future? Don’t worry if your answer’s the latter; your secret’s safe with Abacus Self Storage!

It’s understandable. The month-long buildup to the holidays is jam-packed with activities. From work functions and family dos to shopping for presents and whipping up feasts, there’s always something happening. Once all the hustle and bustle dies down, you’d think going back to your regular routine would come as a relief, but for many Canadians, the return to reality leaves them feeling a little flat.

Everybody needs some time to recover from the holidays, but when you need more time to process the season’s excitement than others, completing all the post-holiday chores that need to be done becomes a challenge. Deflated on the couch while binge-watching Mindhunter, you don’t have a lot of motivation to put away the decorations, seasonal dishes, or that gigantic Christmas tree.

Now’s not the time to panic. As the GTA’s mini self storage experts, Abacus has your back with our second annual guide to packing up the season. The team’s favourite organizational tips are joined by motivational advice to help you start your post-holiday recovery on the right foot.

1. Break it down into small steps

It’s overwhelming to face the clean-up job in its entirety, and you may want to roll up into a blanket burrito and ignore the problem. You’ll find success in ignoring your duvet’s siren call when you break down your task into small, achievable steps. Take the time to sit down and write out a list of your chores before you take any action. From there, divide each task into realistically achievable steps that fit with your level of motivation and create a timeline to keep you on track.

2. Let the city help

Here in Richmond Hill, where our headquarters are located, the municipality offers a free curbside Christmas tree collection every year. This year it lands on two Mondays: January 2 and January 16. If you’ve missed these dates, you’re still in luck. The Bloomington Yard Waste Depot accepts Christmas trees free-of-charge all throughout the month. Pick-up dates will vary around the GTA, so check your local waste collection schedule to confirm when you need to drop your old tree by the curb. Since we have a storage centre in Thornhill, our crew wants to remind you to check whether or not you qualify for the Vaughan or Markham waste pick up when you check.

3. Take things slowly

Let’s be honest — when we don’t like the task ahead of us, it’s easy to start rushing through it. Once you start rushing, however, your chances of skipping over things or making mistakes increase. A mistake now will mean more work for you in the future, so try going slow enough so you can do it right the first time.

This is especially helpful when you’re tasked with putting away the stringed lights. Its easily one of the most annoying jobs of the season because of how quickly these cords twist themselves into a Gordian knot. Don’t let yourself lose your patience. If you find this hard to do, try pairing this job with something you do like. Put on your favourite playlist, put on a Netflix series you’ve watched before and play it in the background, or treat yourself to a warm latte or spiked cocktail.

4. Use recyclables as organizers

Patience isn’t the only thing you’ll need to keep your lights tangle-free. Use leftover cardboard as a winding apparatus for these cords. Take your piece of cardboard and make a notch at the edge of one side, then slide the end with the plug into the slot. Once its secure, start wrapping the cord around the piece of carboard to keep your lights knot-free.

Leftover coffee cans and plastic bottles are another recyclable that has a second life after the holidays. Use one for each garland and string of popcorn, beads, or any other long, unwieldy decorations. Once you pop their lids back on, these containers will keep each of your ornaments separate and tangle-free. As for those hanging decorations you took off your tree, use empty egg cartons to store them safely. If you feel bolstered by your eco-friendly storage methods, check in with this guide for more ideas.

5. Give us a call

Once all your seasonal decorations get packed away, you might be surprised by the amount of stuff you un-decked. If your Christmas was especially merry, your holiday haul may have taken over your normal storage spaces. When you’re strapped for storage, you know you can always rely on the crew at Abacus. With a variety of facilities located around the GTA, including the best units in North York, our storage is a convenient way to hold seasonal items. It’s also perfect for any of your long-term storage needs, so get in touch to learn more about our units’ sizes and rates.

Call or send off a quick email, and one of our crew will help you get a handle on your post-holiday clean-up. They’ll be happy to answer any of your questions about mini self storage. Remember to ask them about our packing supplies if you don’t have any cardboard or plastic bottles. They can recommend the best materials for convenient and safe storage. Until then, good luck with the task ahead!

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