I have one blue bin in the garage for my daughter and daughter-in-law to go through and what they don’t want does not come back into the house… it goes straight to Goodwill!
After the great Christmas purge of 2012 I put the rest of my decorations in smaller, clear boxes and labeled them with my fabulous label maker. I organized like things together! Pinecones with pinecones… Christmas greens with Christmas greens etc.
I went from 30+ boxes and big blue bins to just what fits on two utility tables!
The boxes are housed in the basement on a shelving unit… easy to see… easy to get to.
When it’s time to decorate, all the boxes come us and are put on utility tables in a corner of my foyer.
This is Christmas Decor Central!
Everything I need to decorate is right here… at my fingertips! Excluding the tree ornaments, large wreaths and Christmas pillow covers.
Because my decorating style has changed, I now use bowls of greens and pinecones and paperwhites and boxwood wreaths. Decorating for Christmas has taken on a much more organic and natural feel. And honestly, is a whole lot easier!
The boxwood wreath below is in the middle box on the left in the above picture… along with it’s ribbon.
Easy to find, easy to decorate!
I also keep a small laundry basket and…
a tool box at hand.
I use the laundry basket to gather the decor I need from the boxes to put together the mantel or a centerpiece or a wreath….
And the toolbox contains all the things I might need to stick, cut, hang, tape, glue, bind, pinch, wrap and label!
This is a Christmas decorating life-saver!
Here’s an example of how Christmas Decor Central works…
Last year when I was decorating my family room mantel…
I went to Christmas Decor Central and gathered the materials from the boxes I needed and put them in the laundry basket.
I then got the other items I need from around the house like, candlesticks, mercury glass containers and lanterns. They also went in the laundry basket.
I arranged the mantel and used the wire and snips from the tool box to add the bows and snowflakes to the white lanterns.
Christmas Mantel 2012
This year I am adding more life-like faux greens to my Christmas decor. I love live greens, but they are a mess! So I’ll be mixing more faux with live greens!
The new greens will have their own clear labeled box.
When I am done decorating, the boxes are returned to the basement and brought out again when it is time to put all the decorations away.
This process has made decorating a joy!
I hope you start Christmas decorating by having THE GREAT CHRISTMAS PURGE OF 2013. Remember to repeat the mantras…
BE RUTHLESS… DON’T BE SENTIMENTAL… BE RUTHLESS… DON’T BE SENTIMENTAL…
Then go ahead and organize, label and set up a Christmas Decorating Central with laundry basket and tool box…
and get busy decorating and… crank up the Christmas music!!!!