When friends arrive at holiday time, I invite them into “the house that exploded Christmas.” I have A LOT of Christmas decorations. It comes from a mom who adds to my Santa collection every year and from living in the same house for 15 years. Stuff just accumulates. And, really, for most of us, our holiday decorations often are very sentimental. But not always. Like with any category of items in our home, sometimes we are hanging on to things that we shouldn’t. So, without further ado, I present to you: A Tale of Two Towels-Or How to Store Holiday Decorations Properly.”
Store Holiday Decorations Properly
Always Start with Decluttering
So…all this holiday stuff I’ve accumulated. As an organizer I decided it was time to take some of my own advice. Organizing ALWAYS starts with a purge. So I took a close look around my house this season and asked myself a few hard questions.
Do I have any items that are no longer of use to me?
Do I have any decorations that are past their prime? Outdated?
Do I have any decorations I just no longer like?
Of course! We all make bad buys now and again. Why was I keeping that olive green and burgundy mantle scarf? It’s gorgeous, but it doesn’t even fit my mantle! Donation Station box again.
Storing Holiday Decorations Properly
It’s all about the boxes.
Once you have thoughtfully pruned your holiday decorations to those you use and love-it’s time to get out the boxes.Once you have thoughtfully pruned your holiday decorations to those you use and love-it's time to get out the boxes. Click To Tweet
I highly recommend purchasing color coded tubs for your decorations. You will instantly know where your Christmas decorations are. I even tell my teenage son “Please go get the red and green tubs from the attic and bring them downstairs.” Huge time (and back) saver! I use the Centrex red and green totes.
Give Some Label Love
Now, I’ve actually seen organizers who type up a list of every item in every tub of decorations. Since I usually add at least an item or two to my stash each year-as well as get rid of a few items-I don’t want to constantly be updating a list. I do, however, label my containers with general categories:
- Kitchen Items
- Tablecloths, napkins and pillows
- Window wreaths and electric candles
- Nativity items
- Santa Collection (I actually have several of these tubs!)
- Kid Decorations (for their rooms and the playroom)
- Outside lights
- Tree lights
- Front and screened-in porch decorations
LOVE my Dymo labeler! I use it constantly in pretty much every room in the house. So much so that I was teased once and received a picture of my niece’s dog-with a label on it’s forehead! Lol! Seriously, this little tool comes in so handy it’s worth the small investment.
Since my tubs are labeled, I don’t have my elves (read: teenage son and hubby) bring all the tubs down at once. I start with my Nativity and Santa collection, then move to kitchen items etc. This way I can take my time decorating, and don’t feel as if I have to do it ALL in one crazy, stressful day.
All About The Tree
Next, invest in some quality ornament boxes. You’ll never have to worry about your heirloom ornaments getting crushed or broken.
Having boxes dedicated to lights makes life so much easier when you can leave those in the attic until the weekend when the hubby has time to hang lights in the yard and on the tree. At least, that’s how it works at my house. I recommend the Holiday Light Storage box from Target. Wind your lights around the cord organizers inside so your lights never get tangled again!
Wreaths can be very expensive. I’ve had clients who hang them in their attic or garage and I advise them to purchase a wreath box. This way the wreath won’t get dusty or brittle like it will when exposed to the elements. I like the wreath box from Homz because it does not have an inner plastic ring. Not all wreaths are formed the same way so this box is more flexible.
Finally, if you have an artificial tree, store it in a large bag like the ElfStor. It keeps your tree dust free andmakes it easier to transport up and down stairs as well. We usually purchase a live tree but I have an artificial tree for my screened in porch as well as a thin one for the front hall.
Having the right products makes decorating, and dismantling the decorations, at the end of the season so much easier. Your precious decorations (both in terms of sentimental value and monetary value) will be safe throughout the year. THAT will make for a very happy holiday!
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