12 Ways To Reuse All Of Your Christmas Clutter

12 Ways To Reuse All Of Your Christmas Clutter

Be festive, environmentally conscious, and politically active all at once!

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If you're like most people, you probably did nothing useful in the week in-between Christmas and New Year's. That means your leftovers are rotting, your decorations are still up, and there's probably wrapping paper shoved underneath your couch. This year it's time to stop putting it off. Here are twelve ways you can repurpose all your Christmas-season junk.

1. Save your boxes and bags

If you save the gift bags others gave you your gifts in, you don't have to worry about spending more money next year just to wrap gifts.

2. Freeze leftovers 

It's too late at this point for Christmas leftovers (please throw those away), but if you made lots of food for your New Year's Eve party and have leftovers, freezing them will make them last longer and save you money.

3. Get creative with old wrapping paper

If your torn wrapping paper can't be recycled, try using it in crafts instead of buying new paper. Decoupage, origami, you name it!

4. Make crumbs 

Just crunch up all those old cookies and use it for a crumb crust for something else.

5. Make snowflakes with all the gift receipts 

If you haven't returned all your Christmas gifts and still have those receipts sitting around, make some use of them! Receipts are the worst kind of paper, since they can't be recycled or burned, but you're creative, right? Use them to make mini paper snowflakes. Those aren't limited to the holiday season alone.

6. Make cutting-edge hair ties with leftover ribbons

Ribbons are also difficult to reuse. But your house is probably so dirty you can't find anything, including your hair ties, so keep that festive spirit going and incorporate ribbon into your daily look.

7. Lead a scientific breakthrough 

Instead of taking down all those Christmas lights you spent way too long stringing on the outside of your house, launch an investigation into why the bulbs always burn out after one year.

8. Unwanted nutcrackers can become effigies 

You probably need to de-clutter and pare down your holiday decorations. But you also need to take a stand for political activism. You can merge the two by using unwanted nutcrackers or other humanoid figures to serve as effigies for political figures you dislike. Nothing like a little ceremonial effigy-burning to ring in the new year!

9. Use your tree as a Scylla before your doorway 

If you're one of the few left that haven't switched over to artificial trees, by now your Christmas tree has likely become a prickly nightmare. And with your bounty of Christmas gifts, now would be one of the worst times to get robbed. So, simply set up your tree in whatever secret location would most effectively deter intruders, like an ancient sailor-eating monster of old.

11. Make disciplinary tools out of branches

If you aren't thrilled about keeping your whole Christmas tree inside your house but still want to re-purpose it for violent methods, cut off a branch or two and switch your kids with it when they're acting up. Kids do get so crazy this time of year.

11. Use that Bible as a bookend

You probably still have your Bible sitting somewhere inconvenient from when you brought it out for the Christmas Eve candlelight service. And you're probably not going to open it again until Easter, so you may as well put it out of the way, perhaps using it to prop up other books you never actually read.

12. Discover the power of re-branding 

Ultimately, every leftover holiday treat, trash, and decoration comes down to how you view it. You don't have to worry about cleaning up anything if you only change your point of view! Throw some paper hearts on your Christmas tree. Bam, Valentine's Day tree. Anything can happen if you let it.

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How To Stop Being The Toxic Person That You Would Normally Cut Out Of Your Own Life

It's so much easier to pin a problem on someone else than it is to look deep within yourself and take responsibility for the things that you've done. But that's all part of growing up.

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I'm sure you've heard it before...

"Cut someone out of your life if they negatively impact your mental health."

"You need to cut off friends, family, anyone that is bad for you and your future."

"You will be so much better off once _____ is gone from your life."

At this point in your life, you've probably cut off one or more people who you believed weren't good for you. You were prioritizing yourself, and that meant letting go of someone, regardless of the memories, bond, and love that you had for them. It was probably difficult, but somewhere down the line, you knew that you did what was best for you. And you stood by that decision.

But how many times have you been the problem?

How many times have you sat down and took the time to analyze a situation, only to come to the conclusion that YOU'RE the one that's messing up? And that if you changed x, y, and z, you could save or help your relationship with your friend, family member, or significant other.

Probably not very often.

It's so much easier to pin a problem on someone else than it is to look deep within yourself and take responsibility for the things that you've done. But that's all part of growing up. At some point, I hope you realize that you weren't so perfect either, after all. And when you do, this is what I want you to think about:

We all go through different phases of our lives, and it's okay to understand and acknowledge that this phase doesn't represent the best version of yourself. Character development isn't a strict upward slope, where you start off being a shitty, underdeveloped, immature person, but then progress into being an angel. There are going to be ups and downs. There are going to be moments where you're really disappointed in yourself, and can't believe that you let yourself slip up to that degree. We all have flaws, we all make mistakes. But also all have so much potential.

As long as you're willing to put in the effort to change (because everyone around you deserves that), then you're on the right track. And I'm proud of you for having the emotional maturity to self reflect and be better. That's the first step.

And the next step is going to involve putting everything you're saying into practice. I can't promise you that it's going to be easy. And I can't promise you that you're going to drastically permanently change overnight. If I did, I would be lying. But what I can promise you is that everything you're going to do will be worth it in the long run. I hope that's enough of a reason to dig deep for a new you.

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Behind The Lyrics: 'Enjoy Your Life' By MARINA

As simple as it may seem to "enjoy your life", many need remindeers every now and then. The song "Enjoy Your Life" by MARINA serves as a reminder to listeners to fully embrace your life and enjoy the ups and downs of life.

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In the song "Enjoy Your Life" by MARINA, there are many uplifting themes reflected. For many, the song serves as a reminder to enjoy the simple things in life. Music can be very therapeutic and is something many people use to cope throughout their day-to-day. In the son "Enjoy Your Life", MARINA tackles the issues of pressure and stress we feel every day and encourages the listener to put aside their worries and enjoy their life. The song has become an anthem for happiness and gratefulness. In life, there will always be ups and downs, life will always be a balance between the two. The song promotes to the listener to accept this balance and embrace it. The song encourages a positive outlook on life and can be very beneficial for listeners who are having a hard time feeling positive. In this article, I will break down the lyrics and their meaning.

1. Verse 1

"I, I know
You've been feeling stuck, feeling low
You can't see
How good this life can be"


The opening verse addresses the listener and opens up a conversation about how your mindset can affect you. Many times it's common we get stuck in a bad mindset, whether we are always worrying or complaining about our day to day or things that stress us out.

2. Pre-Chorus

"Looking to the future like it's gonna make you happy
Save you from reality, yeah, yeah
Imagining the worst like it's gonna end so badly, yeah, yeah"

Many times it's common we worry about the future. Whether its upcoming deadlines or events coming up, we always find something to worry about. Sometimes this obsessive behavior can become toxic. Sometimes this worry can become anxiety of the future and can lead one to imagine the worst.

3. Chorus

"Sit back and enjoy your problems (Uh)
You don't always have to solve them (Yeah)
'Cause your worst days, they are over
So enjoy your life
Yeah, you might as well accept it (Uh)
Don't you waste your time regretting (Yeah)
'Cause your worst days, they are over
So enjoy your life"






The chorus begins by encouraging the listener to enjoy your problems, which sounds strange to hear. Usually, when faced with problems we don't ever really enjoy it, instead, we may feel down or complain. This phrase as mentioned in an interview with MARINA serves as a reminder to be happy and enjoy your life and everything that comes with it. The chorus encourages the listener to enjoy life and not stress over your problems because you may end wishing you didn't always spend so much time worrying or trying to fix your problems in life. Simply put, the chorus's message is to enjoy your life.

4. Verse 2

"Sun comes up
Your eyes they see clear
Take one breath
Your worries start to disappear"


In the second verse, MARINA uses the sunrise as a symbol for new hope each day, and how each day is a new start. This symbol is reflective to the lyrics "The sun will rise, and we will try again", from the song "Truce" by Twenty One Pilots; who similarly use the sunrise as a new hope and a new beginning to keep trying.

5. Bridge

"When we're down low
Everybody's moving 'round in slo-mo
Never think we'll get out of this black hole
But you're not living in this world alone, alone"


When you feel sad or depressed, it's not uncommon to feel alone or feel like no one else is going through what you are going through. For those with depression, it can feel like you are stuck feeling depressed and it can feel like no one else around you would ever understand the feeling. In this part of the song, MARINA reaches out to the listener to encourage them that you're not alone in your struggle.

6. Outro

"So enjoy your life (Uh, ooh-ooh)
So enjoy your life (Ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh)
So enjoy your life"

The song wraps up the message and reminds the listener once more to enjoy your life.

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