Set a box aside to collect the reusable ribbons, bows, and other package decorations.
Most gifts boxes can be flattened and reused throughout the year for other items. Recycle boxes that can’t be reused.
With all the excitement, people usually tear through the gift wrap, so set aside a large box or bag to collect the torn gift wrap. If there are large uncrumpled pieces of wrap, consider using those pieces for wrapping future gifts.
CAUTION: Before taking the bag of used gift wrap out to the trash can, check to make sure toy or game parts have not been accidentally dropped in the bag.
Put this year’s Christmas cards and other cards away to cut up and use as gift tags for next year’s gifts.
Got a new microwave, toaster, clock radio, toy, or coat? Consider giving away your old appliances, toys, games, or clothing to a local charity or thrift store.
Before you throw away or recycle all of those gift catalogs, take a minute to pick out the ones you don’t want to receive anymore. Call their toll-free numbers NOW and ask to get off their list.
If you bought a live Christmas tree, be sure to plant it. Or consider donating it a local school or nursing home to plant on their grounds.