|I love before-and-after pictures!|
One "keep" box of Xmas stuff: really, I'm no grinch when it comes to decorating for the holidays. But I realized that these items do not give me joy and I don't even usually put them out. I paw through them, feeling guilty because "so-and-so gave them to me" or "I've had this since my first Xmas after college". Not reasons to hang onto things: let them go to bless other homes.
The hardest things to part with were the construction paper, tissue paper, glitter, and cotton ball creations of my children when they were in preschool. I kept one from each child--something that I thought I might actually display (like the hand-print/footprint moose in a frame seen in the top photo; that frame makes all the difference in display-ability).
It turned out well that I waited to declutter Xmas. I had none of the holiday-induced guilt or misplaced sentimentality that I feel during December.