While Christmas should live in our hearts all year; it can’t possibly live in our homes 24/7. Eventually comes the day when we have to take it all down. Pack it all up and store it away for another year. And it can feel like a monumental task.
All the ornaments, garlands, lights, wreaths, garlands, trees, and other decor touches that make our home so cozy and welcoming during the holidays can become a nightmare to deal with when the season is over. I begun tackling our big takedown the other day, and while I’m keeping out some of the more neutral winter elements, the majority of the “Christmas decor” will be taken down and stored before New Year’s Eve. I like to make a fresh start to begin the new year, and that includes cleaning the house!
So as I mentally prepared myself to tackle this huge job, I looked for some new ideas for storing and organizing our Christmas decor this year…
I think that you should begin this process with a PURGE! You know what a big fan I am of purges. So why store away things you know that you won’t use ever again. You could donate items now, or store them in a labelled box that you put away with your decor and then plan to donate it come November next year.
Then sort, store, and organize the rest of your decor. Here are some ideas to get your started on the path to a very clean and organized Christmas closet…
Storing Christmas Ornaments…
Divide your ornaments by colour of style and store them in large or extra large plastic zip bags. Then store them away for the year in a large tote. Via Decor Adventures
Or, invest in bins that are already sorted for you. Some totes come with separate sections; or you could use some cardboard to create your own sections. Via The Organized Housewife
A simple way to keep those more delicate ornaments safe is to wrap them in coffee filters before storing them away for the year. Via May Days
Or, even separate those small delicate ornaments in egg cartons! Via Make Life Lovely
It’s also relatively easy to get your hand on some divided ornament boxes. These are great if you have glass ornaments or vintage ornaments that are especially precious. This divided cardboard archival ornament box is available through The Container Store
And this divided canvas ornament storage bin is available through Via Amazon
Just don’t forget to label all of your bins and totes so you know exactly what is in them. This is especially important if you don’t want to haul everything out and search through all your bins when you begin next years Christmas decor-athon. I like this cute folder used for labeling Via I heart Organizing
Most of us have extra cardboard waiting to be recycled after the holidays; who knew it would come in super handy for light storage! Simply wrap your Christmas lights around pieces of cardboard and store away in a tote for the year. Via One Perfect Day.
Or if you want a slightly sturdier wrapping system, use a cord and light wind up pack like this one Via Amazon. They come in sets of 4.
You could also wrap Christmas lights on tension rods and store them in a shallow tote; Via BHG
Or pick up an extra tote for storing all those lights in! I love this handy and efficient Christmas tree light storage box Via Amazon
Artificial Christmas Trees…
We have kept all of our tree boxes and each year they go back into their original box to be stored. Although they are quite large and cumbersome, it’s the perfect way to keep your tree clean and dust-free during the year. If you have thrown away your original box, then you can purchase Christmas Tree Storage bag Via amazon
Wreaths & Garlands…
Wrap wreaths in a garbage bag or large plastic container to keep bugs and dust out, or purchase a wreath storage bags or plastic bin. The bags tend to be much more affordable, and I like how you can easily see which wreaths are inside the bag with this clear topped wreath storage bag…
Alternatively, if If you have a spot in a closet somewhere, or in a basement storage room, you can install a plastic rod to hang your wreaths on, such as in this example Via Ask Anna Moseley
I like to store all of my garlands in a large tote, matched together by type (for example, we have several faux pine garlands and I store them together and we also have several red berry garlands that I store separately in a smaller tote.
Gift Wrap Storage…
Organize wrapping paper with a clear garment bag and hang it in a closet! Via The Chic Site
Or keep your gift wrap together in a plastic bin – it could go under the bed if you need access to it during the year; or store it with the rest of your Christmas decor as long as you have a dry space for storage. Via BHG
This canvas gift wrap storage bag keeps all of your supplies together and ready to use next year! Via Amazon
I hope you found some ideas to help you make this your most organized year yet!