How I Organize Christmas Decor

Hopefully everyone had a very Merry Christmas. Mine was nice although it went by SO FAST. We have a couple of different Christmas celebrations between my husband’s family and then of course our own Christmas Day dinner which we host every year. I think with it falling on the weekend, it felt like we didn’t really get in ‘extra’ time to enjoy the events and the people. Is anyone else feeling that way? My brother, sis in law and nephews travel here from So Ca but it seems I blinked and they were gone. Sigh. Still, it was so fun having the little ones in the house for Christmas. They are coming up on 2 and 5. Such fun ages. My oldest nephew loves to snuggle which is pretty awesome. He also gives the best hugs. Seriously. He could win contests. My youngest nephew is just silly. He loves to play hide and seek and follow the kitty around. Next Christmas I will have twin nieces as well so it will be an extra merry Christmas.

I captured this sweet photo of my youngest with his two cousins.

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Every year, I tend to start the Christmas clean out on the 26th. Yep. I am one of those people. I know there are lots of people like me and there are lots of people that like to wait until the new year. Personally, I am always feeling a little blah when it’s all over. Seeing the empty tree and feeling a little sad cause it’s all over so quickly makes me need a project. A diversion. My version of therapy is organizing. I know. Weird. Also kinda brilliant though, right? I work out my sadness while getting my house in order. Win-win I guess.

I have a method to my madness. Honestly, from September on, it’s all about the storage bins {which my son whose name is Ben says I can’t call them anymore. He says I should refer to them as boxes. I can’t quite get on board with that but I am trying}. Starting September 1st, I start the decorating craze. First comes fall, then up goes Halloween, then back to fall but with a Thanksgiving twist and then comes Christmas. My everyday decor goes into whatever seasonal bin box I am currently unloading. Once a holiday passes, I reorganize the bin box, purge anything that I don’t truly love anymore and put it away for next year. That way, whatever I pull out next season, has been packed away neatly.

I also suggest taking photos of your decor once you’ve set in all up if you love how something looks. That way, you will have a reference for years to come. I tend to change things up every year but I like to see what I have done. This year I was pretty happy with everything and would likely do it again. It’ll be nice to have photos so I can quickly set it all up next year {setting up holiday decor is a whole other blog post – you’re gonna need a glass of wine or a coffee for that one}.

A couple of my must haves while putting away and organizing holiday decor:

  • storage  – boxes, wreaths holders, ornament containers, gift wrap containers, etc.
  • tissue or bubble wrap to protect your fragile items – old plastic bags work as well
  • label maker – these can cost around $30 but they are so handy for labeling the outside of containers

My tips for organizing Christmas {or any holiday} decor:

  1. I start by moving all of my decor to my large dining table. I have stuff tucked everywhere from the kitchen to the bathroom. By moving it all to one area, it gives me a large working space.
  2. Get out your storage containers. I love Rubbermaid but use what works best for your space.
  3. Pull out items left in the containers that you might not have used and decide if it’s love. If not, put it in a donate or sell pile.
  4. Decide how to pack things. For me, I like to separate things by space or type of decor. For example, I have a variety of trees that I use in my decor. I was able to fit all of these in one box and I labeled it, ‘Christmas Trees’. In another box I have my wood signs and my bathroom decor and in another box I have various garland and the lights that go with it and then of course I have one large box that is dedicated to my tree. It includes the tree skirt and tree topper as well as the lights and timer that we use on the tree.
  5. Label it! This will make it so much easier to get to next year. I swear by this because I have a lot of holidays bins and they all look the same. Instead of digging through them, I know exactly what is in each one because I have labeled them. You could also tape a list to the outside. My Type A personality likes the clean look of the labels though.
  6. Put it away. We have space in our garage but I also keep a few things, like my wreaths, in the attic. I also keep my wrapping paper & supplies inside my closet.

Before you know it, everything will be packed away and your house will feel fresh and new. I actually go into the new year wanting a lot less color. I need a break from the busy and bright and really enjoy the fresh clean slate.

Do you have a method to putting away the Christmas decor?

 

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