Christmas brings so much joy and excitement to our lives that letting go is difficult

Like many of you, I too am contemplating how incredibly sad my home will look once all of my holiday happiness has been removed. Christmas brings so much joy and excitement to our lives that letting go is difficult. Believe me, I hear you! As is tradition in Colorado, however, you may leave anything up that reflects winter! Allow the spruce in the bowl with pinecones, the scented candlesticks and the potpourri with the fragrance of a walk in the forest all stick around until the end of February. Just remove anything that says, "I was part of Christmas!"

To keep your spirits up as you start to remove your decorations, take this time to remember all the laughs that were spontaneous, the meal that was pure perfection and the new memories created forever. Plus, nothing feels better than getting organized for the New Year. This is the perfect time to organize and maybe even edit out some of your holiday finery! Lights that shown brilliantly on this year's Christmas need to be bagged and labeled: "Do Not Use on the Christmas tree in 2013…….Buy new for this year's tree".

Target always has a spectacular sale on ornament storage bins, wrapping paper bins and even wreath storage boxes, so consider snapping a few up to make this year's holiday decorations storage a bit easier. Roll up ribbon that played a part in this year's enchantment for use next year. Wrap precious heirloom ornaments in tissue for their debut next year. Make this the year you organize your holiday decorations in a ways that is as efficient as efficient can get. When Thanksgiving rolls around in 2013, you will fly into action like a well-oiled decorating machine!

When I return in January 2013, I promise to share my ideas about how to make our melancholy journey from the depth of winter to the new beginnings of spring sing with anticipation. Hang in there, and we will combat this together. Have an incredible New Year's celebration and we will talk again soon!

Happy New Year!

Through the Front Door will return on January 12, 2013!

Jan Colvin has been a professional interior designer for over 25 years (Allied ASID). She accredits her mother Pat Robinson and Lucille Chase for her intense interest and love for design.

She has taught interior design at the college level and operated her private design business since 2001. Today she spends a majority of her time completing her new book which will be available in the first quarter of 2013. After many years in the traditional interior design profession, "I found that the educational aspect is far more satisfying for me personally."

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