Calendar of Events
January 1 - HAPPY NEW YEAR
January 18 - Martin Luther King
Cleaning up after the holidays
Ways to responsibly clean up after the season of
giving, and welcome the New Year with some old
Recycle your tree and wreath: For those
who went with the real tree and garland.
*Don't forget to remove lights, tinsel, ribbon,
bows, ornaments, and other festive decorations.
The trees will be chipped up into mulch and used
in local landscaping.*
Recycle the cardboard: All the boxes from
new TVs, computers, and more can be recycled.
Save and store those ribbons and bows:
From gift bags to bows, there are many holiday
items that can be reused year after year for
great decoration and wrapping. Keep just
one box of sturdy gift bags and ribbons from
year to year - less to purchase next year, and
less stuff headed to the landfill.
Recycle wrapping paper and cards:
Recycling has come a long way over the past few
years, and you can now recycle wrapping paper of
all colors and textures, as well as holiday
cards in with mixed paper at the drop off
centers. For even better way to reduce and
reuse, save good pieces of wrapping paper and
even cards for use next year. Tearing off
the front of holiday card and using it for a
gift tag next year is a thrifty and fabulous way
Consider donating usable items: Get a new,
bigger TV? Change from DVD to Blu-Ray?
Keep the cycle going, and give a gift in return.
Donate your usable, durable goods to one of many
local thrift stores and charities.
Now that the holidays are over,
how do I get things back to normal?
Many people experience a certain let down after
the holidays. The weather is usually bleak
and un-decorating can be a chore. So why
not have a party! Many people have tree
decorating parties, why not have an
un-decorating party for the kids. You can
serve some favorites like popcorn and hot
chocolate or hot dogs and chips and let them
picnic as they help take down the tree.
You can also make this a time to take stock of
what worked and what didn't. If it wasn't
fun or meaningful, cross it off your list for
Making the job easier:
Purchase sturdy storage boxes, tape and labels.
Any job is easier if you have the right tools.
Better yet get the ones especially designed for
Take the time to declutter. Toss any
broken decorations or those that you have used
Take your time. Un-decorate one room at a
time. Not everything needs to be done in
one day or by January 1.
Make plans for the New Year. Take special
time for yourself between the December holidays
and New Years. Decide on three (or more or
less) that you would like to accomplish in the
coming year. Now open your new year's
calendar or planner and write these goals on the
page for each month. This will not only
provide a monthly reminder to check your
progress but will also allow you to see how far
you have come. Select a special time for
yourself each week or month and pencil it in.
While it might not always work out, the idea
that you are important and deserve some time for
yourself will still be there to act on as you