Perhaps you’re one of those people who take down your Christmas decorations immediately after the New Year. Or maybe you’re like me and enjoy keeping the decorations up for a little bit longer to extend the season. No matter where you stand, I would like to offer some tips today to help you get your holiday decorations organized NOW so that in 11 months when you pull them out again, you’ll be able to decorate stress-free. A bit before Christmas, I wrote a post about surviving decorating for Christmas. Much of that advice can also be applied to undecorating, like working at it little by little, enlisting help, and staying safe. With today’s tips, however, I would like to focus on organizing the actual decorations themselves. So without further adieu, let’s get organized!
1. Be creative with storage
It’s pretty common to store Christmas decorations in boxes and then plunk them in the attic or basement for the rest of the year. But try to think of ways you can improve that system. Use more high quality plastic bins that will be protected from the elements like water or temperature fluctuations. Clear bins are ideal because you can then see what’s inside. Find a good place to store the bins where they are out of the way, yet still accessible when you need them next Christmas.
2. Maximize space usage within containers
The more bins you have, the more space you lose. That being said, try to use the space inside the bins as efficiently as possible. Pack each individual decoration inside its bin in such a way that space is never wasted.
Don’t create a scavenger hunt for yourself in 11 months. Put descriptive labels on everything, describing what’s inside each large storage bin and also what’s inside each individual decoration box. Here’s a great excuse to buy that label maker you’ve always wanted.
4. Make notes about your decorations
Don’t assume you will remember which strand of lights you put on the tree and which strand you put in the kid’s bedroom. Write it down. Also don’t assume you’ll remember your amazing Christmas village set-up exactly how you had it. Consider taking a picture of it. The more decorations you have, the harder it will be to remember your ‘perfect’ set-up from the previous year. There’s no need to reinvent the wheel each year, especially if you really discovered a great system. That being said, there’s always room for change each year…the point is to make life a little easier if you really don’t have any time to be creative a week before Christmas.
5. Incorporate new decorations into your system
Perhaps you received ornaments as gifts this year, or maybe you cashed in on some great post-holiday deals on decorations. Be sure to take your new decorations and incorporate them into your organizational systems so they are ready to go for next year. Give them a box if they don’t have one, get a label on them, and store them with the rest of the decorations.
6. Fix or declutter old decorations now
In with the new, out with the old, right? In addition to organizing newly acquired Christmas decorations, it’s a good idea to organize old ones too. Do you have decorations you want to get rid of? Toss them now. Did you upgrade any decorations? Get rid of the old versions. Did any decorations break or malfunction this year? Fix them or toss them, as needed. The point is, don’t save that sort of thing for December when you really just don’t have the time.
When do you typically undecorate after Christmas?