I personally, don’t like to overly own holiday decor, especially during Christmas (laughs painfully at past self since 2020 has caused me to buy quite a few decorations) . We usually stick to putting up a tree, hang a wreath on the front door, stockings, & of course hang up a themed garden flag. Other than that, I’m good. I enjoy other people’s homes all festive for the season, but for mine? I keep it simple. And the biggest reason for this is the aftermath. (thanks 2020 for making me consider a declutter later). Where and how will I store these items once it’s the new year? Here are 10 Ways To Keep Your Holiday Decor Organized:
- Find A Designated Storage Area
We keep our seasonal decor in the laundry area. Thankfully there is a lot of space to work with in this area. In the past at my parent’s house, they kept decor in a closet in the basement. I don’t like storing items in attics personally, because it’s a hassle to get to. But wherever you have storage, store it there.
2. Evaluate What You Have
After every season, I was taught to go through your collection of wrapping paper, decor, cards & other necessities. This way you can pinpoint what you have plenty of & what you need to purchase for next year. I hate repurchasing things I already owned in the first place. This is a great way to save money during the holiday season. I’m also that weirdo who reuses bows and boxes if they are still in good shape.
3. Organize By Category
I found storage bins from Target with red lids last year. They are great for protecting your items, you can see what’s inside since they are clear containers & you clearly know it’s for Christmas time (ie. the red lid). I like to purchase these long bins to store wrapping paper, decorative tissue, bows, tags & boxes. Another great tip is to keep a ziplock bag in this container filled with Scotch tape, a pen, scissors & a sharpie. That way you have it ready for wrapping & you aren’t looking all over the house for the supplies.
I also have a bin for decor & a bin for my outdoor lights. That way, things aren’t mixed together & getting tangled up. After this year, I may need a few more bins or I’ll have to pair down some of the items. I have no regrets though since 2020 has been quite the year. We needed some holiday cheer in our house.
4. Don’t Keep Too Much
It’s great to save supplies & build up a sort of collection, but don’t over do it. Make a list of who you will be gifting to & stick to the list. It helps keep you from buying too many bins & creating a jammed packed space. This can also be helpful when mailing out greeting cards. Stick to a realistic list. We are sending about 30 this year.
5. Label Everything
On the storage containers, I like to tape a sticky note to each one with a designated title. I don’t particularly like writing directly on the bins incase I use them for something else in the future. I even place smaller items such as ribbons or tags in ziplock bags with the name of the item in sharpie on the front.
6. Let Go of Damaged Items
Whether it’s a broken figurine, a bag that has a hole in it or lights that no longer work, it’s time to get rid of those items. You can replace whatever it is you wish to replace. But don’t live with dingy things.
7. Let Go of Things You Don’t Like
Even if it’s a sentimental item or something you were gifted, if you don’t like it you don’t need to keep it. You don’t need that guilt, especially around the holidays. If anything, you can always ask around & see if it could go to a better home.
8. Let Go of Duplicates
Now this all depends on the category. Wrapping supples might be different, but definitely pair down your collection. I know I tend to accumulate wrapping paper very quickly because I just love having a variety of patterns & styles. Choose your favorites & let go of the rest.
9. If it’s Bulky or Hard to Store
Any item that is a pain to store, maybe you need to evaluate whether it’s worth keeping or not. Even if it’s your Christmas tree you’re sick of owning, you can always put up a table top one or just ditch the idea all together. Whatever makes you happy.
10. Keep What You Love
Of course the main goal is to keep what you love & makes you happy. During the holiday season you want to keep it fun. You don’t want to stress over something so miniscule like decorations. So whether you want to decorate your home or not, it’s all up to you. Don’t make problems out of small things.