Want to know what I did yesterday?? Well, I guess I should say what I did other than taking care of three sick kiddos. I put away all of my Christmas decor! Yep. It happened. Now before you get upset and think I’m a total scrooge, hear me out for a minute. See, I’ve had my holiday decor up a full month now and I was just soooooooo ready for a clean and fresh house. I mean, you don’t realize how much it clutters things up until you take it all down. Plus it’s actually kind of become my tradition to spend the day after Christmas cleaning and decluttering the house. It feels so good. I just love getting a fresh start before the new year. I know you guys will be doing the same thing in your own homes too, so today I want to share how to store and organize Christmas decor. Last year I basically just threw everything in giant plastic bins, which wasn’t so great when I went to unpack it all last month. So this time around I wanted to get be a lot more organized. I’ve come up with a few simple things that have made the whole process super easy, so I wanted to share that with you guys today!
Get rid of what you don’t love!
First of all, before you start packing anything up, go through all of your holiday decor and get rid of anything you don’t love. Seriously, if you don’t love it, just throw it away or donate it. I should have done this last year, because I packed up a lot of stuff I only felt so-so about. Just do yourself a favor now and downsize to only the stuff you know you’ll love and use again next year.
Store wreaths, garland & Christmas stems in wreath bags
Have you heard of these awesome wreath storage bags? They’re amazing. I didn’t even realize such a thing existed until a few days ago. They’re super heavy duty and the ones I ordered are really big too, so I was able to fit all six of my wreaths in this one large bag. SCORE! It zips up and it even has handles so you can hang it if necessary. I love these because it keeps the wreaths organized and safely stored in a nice little package until next year.
I was also able to store my 3 foot Christmas trees in these storage bags. I did have to bend the top branches down slightly, but they both fit in perfectly. I was so happy because I had no idea where I’d put these trees otherwise. I also put my garland and Christmas stems in there as well. Nice and organized!
Bubble wrap breakables and them store together!
The next thing I did this year was get myself some big bubble wrap to safely store all of my breakable holiday decor. I didn’t do this last year and a few things did get damaged. So my plan this year was to put all of the breakables in one large tub and have them all safely wrapped up. Then they’re stored together snug and secure!
Store the fancy ornaments in a ornament storage container
I’ve been living under a rock or something because I’ve never used an actual ornament storage container before. But I finally ordered this one and I love it. I was able to make this work with my smaller and larger glass ornaments too. Then I just stored the plastic/non-fancy ones in a ziplock bag. Easy!
Store items together that go together
If you often feel overwhelmed with how to decorate for the holidays every year, try storing items together that go together. For example, if you know you’ll use the same decor on your mantel next year, try storing all of those items together in the same bin. Label the bin accordingly and then next year you don’t even have to think about how to style everything!
Wrap mini flocked trees
You guys know I have a lot of mini flocked Christmas trees. Well I wanted to make sure they stay in good condition while they’re in storage, so I decided to wrap each of them in a plastic grocery bag to ensure they don’t get damaged. I also did this to try to keep the flocking from going everrrrrrrywhere, you now how messy those are. I wrapped each one with a bag and stored them all together in a large plastic bin. Nothing fancy, but it works!
These are just a few of the things I did to store and organize our Christmas decor and I gotta say–it sure is a nice feeling knowing that everything is packed nicely and ready for next year. And as for our large Christmas trees, we actually put those back in their original boxes and then store it all in a large closet in our basement. (You can also use these large tree storage bags too). Overall it took my husband and I about two hours or so to get everything packed up, but I know I’ll be grateful next year that I took a few extra steps to organize everything. And now that Christmas is out of the house, it’s on to the next thing. I can’t wait to move a few things around and get a fresh look for the new year!
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