Are you loving your holiday decorations? Loving them so much that you wish you didn’t have to put them away? Or maybe it’s just the decoration disorganization that is getting you down. Here are our favorite tips for how to organize your holiday decorations. Put away the organization fear and fill up on holiday cheer!
For most people ornaments are a mix of colorful decor and special memories. You want to take care of these special treasures. Divided ornament boxes are a great way to store those small remembrances on a hook.
Ask Anna has great tips for storing ornaments when you don’t have divided ornament boxes.
For large, glass ornaments I always save the boxes they come in to use for future storage purposes. If it’s too late, and you’ve already thrown them out, you can store them in apple containers.
For smaller, glass ornaments store them in egg cartons. They are the perfect size and they are thick enough to protect ornaments.
Have a few ornaments that are broken or simply aren’t your style any more? Santa won’t put you on the naughty list if you throw those balls and baubles away. It’s time to let go of decorations that don’t make you happy.
Wreaths are quite festive and a lovely way to decorate your home for the holidays. However, wreaths can be bulky and difficult to store once you ring in the New Year.
Real Simple has a tip that would work wonderfully for your favorite wreaths. If you don’t have garment bags you could also use bags from the dry cleaner!
Save the zippered garment bags you get when you buy a new suit or dress, and use them to protect bulky decorations, suggests Hill. Then hang the bags in a closet or on a nail in your attic.
Light it Up
There’s something special about the beautiful glow of holiday lights. You can appreciate it now, but a few weeks ago you may have been using a few expletives as you tried to untangle those ?#@*&! lights!
No one likes tangled strings of lights. Take Martha Stewart’s advice and be tangled no more.
Keep lights organized by winding each strand around a piece of cardboard cut to fit inside a plastic bin.
Before you pack those lights away make sure each strand works. Throw away any light strands that are burnt out or broken.
Clear plastic bins are a great way to store your favorite holiday decorations. The plastic keeps your favorite pieces free from dust and moisture. The clear sides allow you to see what is inside. If your bins are solid colors attach pictures of the decorations stored inside. That way next year you will know exactly what is stored where.
Do you have a display you adore and you don’t want to forget what went where? Better Homes & Gardens has these tips:
It’s important when storing decorations from a multiple-part display that you keep the parts together for easy reassembly next year. Wrap each component in bubble wrap (if it’s extremely delicate) or tissue paper (if it’s made from wood such as the letters) and store neatly in a box. If you used fresh pine or fir sprigs for a mantel display, make a note of that on the box so you’ll be able to recreate the same display year after year.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, it’s time to say good-bye to any decorations that don’t make you want to sing the Hallelujah Chorus. Do you find purging difficult to do? You can channel your inner Elsa from Frozen and sing, “Let it go…let it go!” as you toss those old decorations. It will help, we promise!
Don’t Envy the Organization
You don’t have to envy the organized diva you see on social media, or the neighborhood mom that has it all together. Closet Envy can help you become the organized person you’ve always dreamed of being! Schedule your free consultation and bring a bit more happy holiday cheer to your life this season.