I love decorating for Christmas but I REALLY love taking it down. It’s so therapeutic to go back to simplicity after a season of lots and lots of decor. Today we’re talking about taking down Christmas and sharing a few storage hacks we took on this year.
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1. SORT & PURGE EVERY YEAR
I’m guilty of storing things multiple years in a row in hopes that one day it’ll find a spot again, but I’ve finally decided these items would be better donated, sold, or simply given to a friend where they would be loved and used every season. This year I’m purging all items I didn’t use this year! It’s actually very freeing!
2. USE CUPS TO STORE BREAKABLE ORNAMENTS
I saw this hack both on YouTube and Pinterest and thought it was so clever. I’ve seen the ornament storage containers with the cardboard or plastic dividers but they were a little bit more than I wanted to spend and I already had plastic cups on hand.
One problem I ran into with this hack was that many of my new ornaments from this years Christmas didn’t fit into a plastic cup. This hack really only works if you have traditional size ornaments which I do on my second tree so I applied this hack there. I layered a piece of cardboard on top of the cups and layers flat ornaments that aren’t breakable on top.
If you’re interested in the more fancy ornament containers that I’m considering investing in next year I’ve linked a few here.
3. USE PACKAGING ITEMS WERE PACKAGED FOR STORAGE
My mom has always done this, but for some reason, I didn’t until this year. I would buy the ornaments and throw the packaging away once I put them on the tree. This year I kept the packaging and was so glad I did. Lots of the ornaments I bought this year were vintage and I kept the packaging because I loved knowing where they came from. This is the best option if your ornaments are uniquely shaped like you see my sparkly pine cones are.
4. INVEST IN A BAG FOR THE TREE
This year I got a King of Christmas that comes with a storage bag and it was so convenient and useful to store the tree. I also feel like it protects the tree for it to last much longer than a typical box they come in. Here’s a link to my King of Christmas Tree if you’d like to buy the tree that comes with a bag but I’ve also linked to a few bags for trees I found online.
5. USE ZIP LOCK BAGS FOR SMALLER COLLECTIONS LIKE RIBBONS, ORNAMENT HANGERS, ETC.
For smaller collections like ribbons, ornament hangers, etc the best option is to use zip lock bags. These items are easy to get tangled up, lost, or damaged so keeping them contained and labeled saves a headache for the following year.
6. ORGANIZE ITEMS BY CATEGORY
I organize my main spaces into containers dedicated to that area and then all the misc decor goes into tubs in categories. I have a container for garlands, a bag for wreaths, and a whole box for random tabletop decor like small trees. Having it organized as this helps me in the following year to be inspired to pull it out rather than overwhelmed.
7. LABEL BOXES
I used my Cricut to label my containers, but you can use any label maker or even simply write on them with tape and a permanent marker. I just love pretty labels so I’m going crazy with my Cricut. I labeled the three boxes for the main areas I decorated for Christmas and then the other tubs/bags are by categories such as garlands and wreaths.
8. CHOOSE ONE LOCATION FOR STORAGE
Mom and I are guilty of putting Christmas in random places and as the season rolls around were treasure hunting for our favorite items. We share a lot of decor so you can imagine how confusing it can get. I’m using shelves in my garage simply so I can add as I treasure hunt vintage Christmas decor over the year. Having clutter-free access while I build my vintage collection.
I hope this is helpful as you begin to undecorate for the new year! I’d love to hear your storage tips if you have any clever ideas that would help others. Leave them in the comments below. We love to hear from you.
If you want to see our winter decor ideas for once Christmas is down head to this post here.