Let’s talk about putting away Christmas decorations.
It’s hard to be organized when putting away all the stuff and fluff and glitter and shiny things when Christmas is over. I’ve tried for years and years to find an easy system to sweep my house clean of every last trace of tinsel and have it all ready and waiting for next year. Yes, those big blue bins are great for cramming away Christmas when it’s over but it sure makes it hard to find what we need the following year. And it is hard on our stuff! There has to be a better way! And there is…
Here are some smart, no-nonsense tips for storing Christmas decor!
TAKE A PICTURE OF THIS YEAR’S CHRISTMAS
Before you put anything Christmas away take pictures of this year’s Christmas decor. If you want to repeat anything next year you won’t have to use your memory to recall every detail!
I do this naturally as a blogger and it really helps me see what things I use and where I put decor from year to year. This is a great blogger inspired tip!
Use your smartphone and put all your Christmas decor pictures in a file marked CHRISTMAS 2019 DECORATIONS.
More about talking pictures later in the post.
PURGE PURGE PURGE
You knew I’d begin putting away Christmas decorations with this, right?
As you clean up Christmas make sure you are purging along the way. I keep two bags and one laundry basket with me when I’m getting rid of things I no longer need or want.
One bag is trash. All broken or worn out things go right to the trash! The next bag is my giveaway bag. Everything that is in good condition that I don’t want anymore goes in the giveaway bag. And I keep a laundry basket with me to put things in it that aren’t Christmas related but need to be put away.
If you have decor that was not used this Christmas you can purge them later… but put a date on your calendar to go through it all and keep the date!
CLEAN AND REPAIR
Did you ever think about having those precious Christmas stockings you use year after year dry cleaned? They will last a whole lot longer and look good for the even longer haul if you do!
Before putting things away make sure they are in tip-top shape!
Go over everything and make sure they are clean and in good repair!
GET RID OF MOST OF MOST OF THOSE HUGE BLUE BINS
I know those big blue bins are easy to stuff our stuff in! But so much of our Christmas decor is glass or delicate or fabric etc and packing and cramming Christmas decor into a cavernous bin does not help preserve our holiday treasures from year to year.
And storing items like fabric, especially linen, next to cardboard, wood pulp or tissue paper can ruin your fabric Christmas decor!
Opt for smaller clear plastic boxes that match the size of the decor’s needs. There are as many great boxes and sizes as the things you have. Shoebox size is my favorite. I’d rather have a dozen see-through shoebox-size boxes than one big bin.
Start collecting boxes now and add to your stash each year.
Keep your big bins for extra big items only!
PUTTING AWAY CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS THAT ARE ALIKE
I store like items and like colors together. For example…
- red ornaments
- snippets of evergreen
- jingle bells
- small wreaths
- Christmas napkins
- red berries
- faux snow
Storing like things together make them SO MUCH EASIER to find!
USE YOUR SMARTPHONE
We so often curse the downside of technology. But the ability to take pictures and keep them on our phone is a real blessing! I use my phone all the time to take a picture of where something is or what is in a box or bag!
Take a picture of every Christmas thing you have and the box it is in. HOW SMART IS THIS??????
No more searching and looking for that pair of reindeer you need to finish off a vignette! You will know exactly what box it is in!
My phone keeps all my images by date. So it’s very easy to find things. Also, I can download them onto my computer and put the Christmas clean-up pictures I need in a folder.
My label maker is my best organizing friend! And when you are boxing up and putting away Christmas decorations it should be yours too! Label all your boxes with the kind of content in the box.
For example, I label my boxes with “RED CHRISTMAS BALLS” “PAPER SNOWFLAKES” “WHITE CHRISTMAS TREES” “EVERGREEN BITS AND PIECES”
MAKE A LIST
I keep a running list of all the things I will need to replace/buy or do for next Christmas. You can do it the pen and paper way or if you are like me I use my phone and an app like Evernote.
This year my need to replace/buy list looks like this:
- red and white wrapping paper
- red and white stockings
- gift tags
- white ribbon
- red satin ribbon
- red Christmas balls
- one 24 ” white tree
- fairy lights that plugin
- round candles
- box of votives
- look for white velvet duvet on sale
I also keep a running to-do list:
And my to-do list looks like this:
- make a 2019 Christmas Pinterest board ( for ideas)
- make personalized Christmas stockings
- make an Advent calendar for Anderson, Alexander and Emma Kate
- pick a date for family Christmas pictures
- go through my address book and create an updated one online (for addressing Christmas cards)
These lists are in constant flux. As I tick things off the list more is added!
Christmas at StoneGable grows every year as we add more family to our ranks. I want to enjoy Christmas and not be anxious or have too much to do! Lists are my best friend, and yours too!
As you replace, buy and make things for next Christmas keep them with your Christmas decor in clear boxes and remember to take pictures!
PUTTING AWAY CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS LIKE WREATHS
There are a few ways to put away faux Christmas wreaths. It’s really all about how much storage area you have. I have a large basement so I hang up all my wreaths on nails in the unfinished area of our basement. And I cover them with remnants of old sheets and zip tie the bottom closed. They are ready and waiting for next Christmas.
This also applies to bulkier items that are hard to box like swags, tall decorative trees that do not come apart and any other hard to store items.
STORE YOUR FAUX TREE
If your artificial tree came with a storage bag, use it!!! When a tree comes with a bag to store it in you probably have a very nice tree and want to keep it nice from year to year. The storage bag was made specifically for your tree so it should fit perfectly
If you don’t have a storage bag consider getting one! They will keep your tree nicely stored from year to year. You will not have to worry about dust or mice or any other creature making their home in it!
And a disassembled tree takes up far less space.
This year I bought a flocked faux tree and will not be getting a tree bag for it because it sheds faux snow. Instead, I’ll be taking it down to the basement and putting an old sheet over it. I’m not sure that I’ll have this tree much longer than a couple years, so it should be fine.
Being a blogger, I have tons and tons of tree ornaments in every color. So, I store all my ornament by color. And I also store them by style or shape.
- round red
- handblown red
- silver balls
- mercury glass balls
- snowball balls
- gold balls
- hand blown long gold ornaments
See what I mean? I do wrap the more delicate ornaments in tissue and all balls go into a clear box. I fill the box about 3/4 full and add a layer of bubble wrap to the top of each box.
If you don’t have copious amounts of ornaments think about getting an ornament box! So easy to put all your ornaments away!
Putting away Christmas decorations and keeping everything organized may take a little more time, but you will be so accomplished and feel so good and be able to hit the decorating ground running next Christmas!
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