I hope you had a nice weekend. We spent it at a Hockey tournament for our little guy, visiting with old friends and packing away the Christmas decor.
Today, I thought I'd share how I packed away my Christmas Decorations this year so that they are easy to find next year. Also, blogging about it helps me know how I packed things away too. It's a win-win for both of us. :)
1. GATHER EVERYTHING IN ONE CENTRAL AREA
This is what my dining room table looked like on the weekend. I got out my storage bins (which are all red and green, for easy identification) and then gathered all the decor (except for tree ornaments, I do those separately ). I do this so that I have everything handy and ready to pack .
|do not pin this picture :)|
2. PURGE! PURGE! PURGE!
I'm donating about a container full of decorations. Some of the items have not seen the light of day in the past couple of years. It was time to let them go! (I didn't take a pic of them, just take my word for it, mmmkay?)
3. GROUP ORNAMENTS BY COLOUR/TYPE
Lucky for me I have two trees to decorate every year. One that we have on the main floor and one in our family room in the basement. This year, the basement tree was covered in red ornaments and kids crafts from years past. I forgot to show you that one this year. It was pretty and the kids liked looking at their Christmas crafts.
For ornaments, I take my smaller storage boxes (seen here under the table) and separate the ornaments. Then they get placed in the larger Storage tote. I don't bother wrapping individual ornaments, but if yours are sentimental/fragile you should. Do not use newspapers, because over time the ink will transfer to the ornaments.
4. WRAP LIGHTS/GARLAND/RIBBON/ AROUND CARDBOARD
My trees are pre-lit so I don't need to remove the lights (obviously), but my outdoors lights get wrapped around cardboard. Since I (aka hubby) haven't taken them down yet, this is what I did for my beaded garland. I cut some notches in the cardboard to keep the garland to unravel. I do the same with ribbon.
5. USE TREESKIRTS/TABLE LINENS/STOCKINGS TO WRAP THE FRAGILE ITEMS
Anything that was cloth like, or cushiony was used to wrap my dickens village items, Christmas tableware, etc. This way I can save space in my totes.
6. LABEL YOUR STORAGE CONTAINERS
If you are just starting out, it would also be a good idea to buy clear storage totes so you can see at a glance what is inside, but otherwise LABEL ALL YOURS TOTES.
And that is it.
Have you started putting away your Christmas decor? Or do you wait until after your New Year's celebrations?