One tip that crossed my mind the other day as the courier truck slid off the road while making a delivery to us, landing in our beautifully landscaped culvert, was to put money aside to repair winter damage. This event and the snow plow taking up my guard stones and lovely new sod more than once, will require some concerted effort in the spring.
Using evergreen wastage and natural dried twigs, cones and berries, is still a lovely way to decorate. You can usually pick up other more exotic dried or cut plants like Magnolia to further enhance your arrangements. Some of the Sedum and taller perennials like Foxglove or Phlox provide a unique attractiveness, giving shape and form to the garden through the winter months. So rather than trimming them down I like to leave them be.