Confession time: Who still has their Christmas decorations up? Then this post is for you.
We took ours down earlier this week and unlike in past years where everything just gets thrown in the bins and boxes for us to deal with in 11 months, I was a bit more organized with it this year.
I mentioned in yesterday’s post that taking down the Christmas decorations turned into organizing the whole basement. Well that meant organizing the Christmas decor.
I’m excited for November when we unpack all these bins and find everything a bit more organized than in years past.
Easy ways to store and organize Christmas decor:
1. Store ornaments in plastic storage bags
It’s no secret I went a little ornament crazy this year. They just look so good on the tree, in vases, in baskets, wherever. (See our Christmas kitchen/bathroom here, living room/foyer here and family room here for examples of my ornament obsession.)
A lot of times, these colorful ornaments come in flimsy plastic containers that just don’t hold up well. Plus storing a bunch of ornament boxes fills up a storage bin pretty quickly.
I tossed all the flimsy plastic containers. (Gotta love decluttering.) Instead, I used plastic storage bags.
I grouped the ornaments by size and color so I have some semblance of order when I decide where to put all of these ornaments next year.
2. Label specific little pieces.
I also went a little ribbon crazy this year. (Again, see the Christmas living room/foyer here.) But come on, how cute is that red ribbon ‘scarf’ on the metal pig?
Sometimes I keep seasonal decorations the same from year to year, and other times I just totally mix it up. Since I’m not sure what type of mood I’ll be in come November, I kept a few of my favorite little pieces – like the pig’s scarf – and labeled them and used my favorite storage method, plastic storage bags.
I loved the ornaments and ribbon on the mirror, and the ribbons around a few vases and lantern handles were already the perfectly length for those specific pieces. So I labeled them and put them away. No need to waste ribbon or get annoyed trying to figure out which ribbon goes on which vase next year.
3. Keep hanging ornaments on their ribbons.
I loved our hanging ornaments on our front window this year, but standing up there cutting the ribbons and hanging them all up wasn’t necessarily my favorite Christmas activity.
I kept the ribbons on the ornaments to save time for next year and then put the ornaments in – you guessed it – a plastic storage bag.
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4. Use clear bins.
I bought a few of these huge clear bins the other day (they’re still on sale if you’re looking for some), and guys, they’re life changing. Okay, maybe a little dramatic, but I love them.
They fit perfectly on our shelves in our basement but more importantly, I love that they’re clear. It’s so much better to know what you’re getting into rather than just randomly opening boxes or colored bins and digging through for the cord for the Christmas village or wondering where the Christmas pillows are.
We had a lot of boxes from when we moved into our house, and we had been using them for storage in our basement. We’re slowly but surely transitioning over to clear bins, and they just make so much more sense.
5. Purge old items.
We’ve somehow ended up with a LOT of Christmas decorations. Not that I have a home decor shopping problem or anything! Some of it is old and not our style anymore, and guess what? I got rid of some of it this year!
I know you can feel a little weird or even guilty about throwing something away that you used to decorate with a lot for the holidays and now don’t like, but guess what? It’s just taking up space. If it has special meaning, hold on to it. If not, toss it or donate it. It’s freeing, I promise.
6. Keep a list of your village pieces on your phone.
This isn’t necessarily a storage tip but it does stop you from ending up with duplicate pieces so in a way, it is. I used the ‘notes’ app on my iPhone for a lot of random lists, and our Christmas village is one of them.
This way, when we’re out shopping and see a village piece we like, we don’t have to think about if we have that piece already or not. It’s one less thing to have to remember, and I’m all for making things easier.
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Do you have other tips for storing and organizing Christmas decorations to make next year a little easier? Let’s hear ‘em!
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