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Some of you may get a pass on today's tip.  You may already have implemented this suggestion because your Mama told you the same thing mine did - Christmas decorations have to come down before the New Year begins.  I believe that is somewhere in the Bible.

Today's tip is to put your Christmas decorations away if you haven't already done so.  Throw out the ones that need to go.  Make your first 2014 donation to Goodwill if there are items you don't use but don't need to trash. Getting rid of stuff will make your life a lot easier.  Promise.  Label items so that unpacking them in December will be easy.  (And so that your family members could easily pack them away for you next year.  That was the case for me this year when my sweet Mary Alice arrived on Christmas Day and I got to take care of her big brother for a few days while my home crew undecorated the house.  They read that same part of the Bible about decorations.  Generational bondage...?)

It won't take as long as you think it will.  Packing and labeling doesn't have to meet House Beautiful standards.  Just put the stuff neatly in a box or bag and write the contents with a sharpie on a piece of masking tape.  Then put it all in the attic or garage.  Together.

If you get to rest today, go thank your Mama.