Organizing Christmas

Organizing Christmas

Tips To Organize Your Holiday Decor

The month of January for me is just as crazy as November and December, because January is #takedownmonth other wise known as Christmas Organizing month! This is the time I go back out and take down all the Christmas decorations we put up over the holidays…. I know… I know, you feel sorry for me right now, and you should! it’s a lot of work, but somebody has to do it!

Anyway, the point is, I know what to do, I am a professional Christmas organizer and I thought it is my duty to share with you some tips of what I do and what I recommend my clients do when taking down their tree at the end of the season. So here you go, you’re welcome!

  • all your holiday décor by color and in their own container. For example, all your Gold ornaments in one container, all red ornament in another, all greenery in its own container, all ribbons in their own container etc… etc…
  • Save space and time by storing your ornaments in clear tubs in between layers of bubble wrap. Be sure to start with a layer of bubble wrap and finish with one.
  • Use clear plastic bins to store your Christmas decor bins so you know exactly what is in each bin or be sure to label each bin.
  • Make decorating a snap next year by storing all pieces to each vignette in their own storage bin. Take a photo and add it in the box for reference. #TIMESAVER

keep lights organized
by winding each strand around a piece of cardboard cut to fit inside a plastic bin.

  • Keep lights in working order when taking you’re your Christmas lights. Take time to check for burnt out bulbs, discard them replace them and follow these tips.Keep lights in working order when taking you’re your Christmas lights. Take time to check for burnt out bulbs, discard them replace them and follow these tips.
    • Test each strand before putting it away. Replace dead bulbs, and discard strands that don’t work and make a note on your Christmas Inventory list
    • Make a loop with each strand and wrap the ends around the loop. Or keep organized lights by winding each strand around a piece of cardboard cut to fit inside a plastic bin.
    • Keep all extra bulbs and fuses together in a kit.
    • Store each strand in its own sealed bag. Leave some air in the bag to act as a cushion that will protect the bulbs and place in in a large plastic container.
    • If you opted for the cardboard method stack them in the bin standing up and separated by a piece of cardboard or bubble wrap.
  • Store Christmas garland in plastic water bottles to store them tangle free and ready for next year. 
  • If you have the space, and use an artificial tree, DON’T take it apart to store it, simply place an industrial trash bag over the tree and zip tie the bottom.  Or there are bags that you can buy for this purpose. This will keep dust and debris off the tree and save you the hassle and time when putting your tree up next year.

The New Year is a great time to sort, donate, or toss decor and accessories in your home that simply doesn’t belong, you have out grown, or are too worn. Take time to do this and your holiday decorating will be so much easier next year, not to mention how proud you will be of all your hard work.

Do you have any Christmas organizing tips that I did not mention , please share with us, I would love to add it to our list.

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Farrha Hyman

Interior Designer & Design Blogger

Holiday Decorating Services

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