Keeping your home organized can often times be challenging every day. But what about all those special decorations that you only have out during the holidays? Today we are sharing tips for organizing Christmas decorations.
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Have you started decorating for Christmas yet? Now is a great time to get out the decorations, go through them and organize.
Christmas in our home has always been a big deal. I simply love to decorate and after 30 years of marriage, I have to admit, the Christmas decorations have gotten a bit out of control. Over the years, I added more and more decorations, and not so long ago, I put up 12 trees, yes 12. It was great, but also exhausting.
Up until last year, my decorations were somewhat under control. I had all the boxes labeled with contents and what room they belonged in. And then life and work hit hard at the end of last year. I’m not complaining at all, I am very grateful for the work, but needless to say, the house and organizing took a big hit.
After moving last year to a new home, I quickly realized just how many Christmas decorations I have accumulated, can you relate?
Now, don’t get me wrong, I still love to decorate, and the house will still look festive and beautiful, I’m just scaling back. But the first thing that had to be done was organizing Christmas decorations. And what better time to do it than while everything is out.
First, we grabbed all the boys and worked together to bring down all the Christmas decorations from the attic. There are about 30 boxes full. Then as they brought down the boxes, I assigned the box to a room where the decorations were going to be. After that, it was time to begin decorating and tackling the organizing. Each box was gone through, damaged decorations were thrown out, and a big box of items was started to take to Goodwill.
As I mentioned, with having 12 trees over the years, I have lots of different colored ornaments, so I divided those into separate boxes. And the items that I wanted to keep for the boys for when they have their own families and homes, were put into another box.
Then it was time to label the boxes. You can use a plain label and simply write on it, or even a piece of tape works too. I had the labels in with the decorations from years ago.
Here are some helpful tips on organizing and storing Christmas decorations –
- If you don’t have Ornament Boxes, be sure to wrap each ornament in tissue several times and also put layers of tissue between the ornaments.
- Resealable bags also work well to separate the colored ornaments.
- If you have small ornaments, you can use egg cartons to keep them organized.
- For Christmas lights, you can use a light organizer or cut a piece of very heavy cardboard and wrap the lights.
- Be sure to pack extension cords with the lights. We like using the cords that have a switch plate to step on to turn them on.
- Wreaths and garlands can also be difficult to store. Using a large plastic tote works well.
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