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Published January 04 2011

Un-deck the halls

It’s always a little sad when we have to take down the holiday decorations.

Maybe that’s why we tend to hurl everything into the nearest box and wad up the lights until they’re twisted into an impossible knot.

Still, there are many advantages to “de-decorating” with care.

Orderly décor takes up less space and is a lot easier to put up the next year. And your heirloom ornaments will last much longer if they’re packed with a little TLC.

Here are a few tips on clearing Christmas clutter, courtesy of local organizers, an interior designer and the experts at www.marthastewart.com.

Simply ornamental

Bin there, done that

Oh Christmas tree

En-light-ening hints


Readers can reach Forum reporter Tammy Swift at (701) 241-5525