Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful holiday and that your new year is off to a good start. I just finished putting away all of our holiday decorations and wanted to share with you my tips for organizing Christmas Decorations. We have about 5 boxes of indoor decorations and 3 boxes of outdoor lights, plus a few window lights. These items have to be organized or I would go nuts (not to mention my hubby would not be so happy since these all are stored in our garage).
Organizing Holiday Lights
We use indoor lights for our Christmas tree. I have found that the easiest way to organize these, is by wrapping the string around a piece of cardboard. When I am wrapping the lights, I start from the bottom segment first, that way the top of the tree (where I will start decorating and unraveling next year) is on the top. I also put a little note with tape to remind me. This makes it so easy to get these on the tree next year.
Most of my ornaments are different shapes so I pack them in shoe boxes with tissue paper or newspaper. For larger specialty ornaments. I make little storage pockets for them with bubble wrap. It is a great way to repurpose the bubble wrap and safely store breakable ornaments. To make your own, just cut bubble wrap to twice the size of your item and tape two sides together to create a pocket. That’s my ornament from one of my many trips to Las Vegas. It needed a custom package due to its size and shape.
Organizing Outdoor Lights
Outdoor lights are kept on storage wheels. This is simply the best way I have found to store light strings in a way that will allow for easy unraveling the following year. Large pieces like these bears and window lights are kept in their original containers. This makes them easy to spot and they always fit.
Organizing Christmas Decor
These items all are stored in large plastic bins. I also label each bin with a label. This really helps because I know where items for each room are stored. It saves a lot of time to add this little step. Otherwise, you might find yourself searching all the boxes for a particular item. I know because this used to happen to me. You can also add labels with the items included such as stockings, serverware, ornaments, etc. Kids especially love to make labels and can help with this.
I also store anything on a strand in baggies or boxes. This prevents them from getting tangled. This is my mini dollar store banner I made a few weeks ago.
These little boxes were from the dollar store and they double as table decorations. Score!
Have you put all of your decorations away yet?