With new years just a day away, I decided it was time to put away the season’s baubles.
I love all of our Christmas decor, but it’s a nightmare to haul it all up from the basement and then put it all away. Part of the reason I started putting things up in mid-November was because I wanted the time to do it right (because there was just so much of it!) When it’s all up and our home feels like the joy of the season and it doesn’t look or feel like too much, but when you consider it comes in 4 storage bins and a couple of coat hangers, you start to think.
I’ve heard horror stories about people who have another set of furniture for the holiday season because their day-to-day furniture is too big once all the decor is out. Yes, that’s a real story. Not us though. Phew!
With the spirit of organization and ease in the air, I cleared my afternoon yesterday to pack and store our christmas decorations. With so many things left to do before I go back to work next week, I thought it would be best to start with some solid organizing.
I’m sure you have your own system for storage, but in case you don’t, may I recommend a couple of ideas for storing christmas decorations?
Christmas decor storage options usually start appearing on shelves at the same time as the decor, albeit in a less flashy display. I’ve slowly been squireling away some purchases to make the clean-up easy. To date I’ve bought a wreath storage bin, a wreath storage bag, wrapping paper storage bin, a bag for our large boughs, and tons of plastic drinking cups. Because our PMQ is the biggest home we’ve ever had, I was able to expand our holiday decor considerably and therefore the storage solutions had to expand as well.
Because we are an army family we have about a million rubbermaid storage bins. Because we are an ay family we never seem to have enough storage bins. Storage bins are like the lego building blocks of our lives, even the holidays! Keeping this is mind while shopping the dregs of the seasonal items at Target, I grabbed some extra bins (listed for 6.99$ but rang through at 2.49$! steal!).
Use plastic drinking cups to store your ornaments. I fill them with all the odds and ends from our tree, and slowly line a giant storage bin.
As I complete a layer I add some cardboard on top of the cups to give me another flat surface and protect the ornaments beneath. It has worked perfectly each time, and makes un-packing them really easy.
I put similar items together. This sounds like a no-brainer, but I find it much easier to set-up the following year if all my ornaments are in one box, all my nutcrackers and linnen (stockings + tree skirt) and candles are in another. I’ve got a big bag for all of our faux wreathes, and another one for the boughs. Having things paired-off means that if I need anything for another project later in the year, I have a better chance of finding it.
To store my lights I use the big drums that I find at Target. I know, more stuff from Target, but I swear by it. They have a big bag with four bobbins inside, upon which you wind the strings of lights.
They stay nicely wound and without knots. You can hang the bag or stick it in a box, either way they’ll be organized! When the lights don’t fit in the drums, I wind them around a coat hanger and hang them from the ceiling in the basement. Slightly less glamorous, but it does the trick.
For wrapping paper and ribbon, the big storage bins are actually quite useful, although as I’ve found out – they do not accommodate long rolls of paper. I’m keeping mine for the moment, but another solution is to use a long storage bin that can be hid under a bed. Pinterest has myriad options for this, and I’m sharing some below.
How do you making storing christmas decorations easy, accessible and organized in your PMQ or home?