Pressure Busting Tip #14
Our house is tiny, and what it lacks in closet space it makes up for in crawl space/knee wall storage. Pretty
much the entire upstairs, which we finished for the boys' shared room, has space behind three of the walls for squirreling away boxes of stuff, the baby crib and changing table, Sam and Jared's toys, and the Christmas decorations. Each year, Rick would go upstairs and haul out the stuff marked "Christmas"; later, I would go upstairs and separate the crappy stuff that went back into storage because 1. I got better stuff; 2. It had some bad provenance attached to it; 3. It was from when the boys were little and liked a lot of schlocky stuff; 4. It was from my long ago crafty period. Finally, I realized that the whole routine was idiotic. Why was I storing a bunch of Christmas stuff that I never used? Little by little, I either gave it away to people who appreciated it and would love it/use it, or tossed it if it was really awful. I consulted the boys if I thought they would be sentimental about it, of course. Now I'm down to only the stuff I really use and need, with a few things kept aside for the boys when they want them for their own trees in the future.
I'd urge you to take an hour and do the same, if you haven't already. Pressure Busting Tip #14 can really be liberating and free up some storage space as well as some headspace. Go through your Christmas Stuff as you haul it out and find homes for what you no longer need, want, or use. Those things can brighten up a homeless shelter, a church charity sale, or even a school. Drop them off at the Salvation Army or Goodwill. Take them to work and put them on a table with a FREE sign. It's really true that "one man's trash is another man's treasure." And I would add "sometimes space is a treasure."