January 2, 2015 | Home & Happiness Team | Comments Off on From Chaos to Calm: How to Have an Organized Christmas Next Year
You hang your stockings by the chimney with care…but do you use the same care when packing them back up?
Taking time to make a plan before you put away the lights, ornaments and snow globes is worth it. Not only will you reduce the chance of breaking sentimental items, but you will also make it easier to unpack it all next year.
We asked the entire Country Curtains team for their holiday decoration organizing tips and loved what we heard. Here are some of our favorites.
Our favorite universal holiday organizing tips:
- Don’t throw out tissue paper from Christmas gifts, or bubble wrap from packages. Save it to use for packing your holiday décor.
- If you have leftover wrapping paper that looks a little ragged, crumple it into balls or put it through a shredder. You will have instant packing materials for your holiday storage bins.
- Label, label, label! Get a label maker, some blank label stickers, or just tape on a piece of paper. Regardless of your tactic, this is one of the most important tips for holiday sanity next year.
- If you keep your bins in a basement, make sure the bins containing cherished pieces are off the ground to protect them from possible water damage.
Our favorite tips for taking down the tree:
- If you have your ornaments’ original boxes, re-use them each year. It makes ornaments easier to pack up and keeps them protected. (One of our employees has a 1950s ornament box she continues to use for her vintage glass balls!)
- Ornament storage cases exist for the sole purpose of safe storage, and they are worth the investment. Or, hang on to partitioned cardboard wine boxes—they are another good way to store precious items.
- Put the heaviest ornaments on the bottom and the most fragile on top.
- As you take off each strand of lights, wrap them up around your arm into a compact circle. Use a twist-tie or masking tape to bind them so they won’t get tangled. Or, as Real Simple suggests, wrap lights around a tin can.
- Keep a separate bin just for Christmas tree lights. If you used seven strands of lights on the tree this year and you liked the way it looked, put a note in the bin to remind yourself how many you used.
- If any of your light strands need replacing, do it now! You will save yourself a headache next year, and you can get amazing deals on replacement bulbs and strands right now.
Our favorite tips for packing up other holiday décor:
- If you have a collection of holiday villages, pack them in the original containers. Not only does it keep them protected, but the box also shows exactly what is inside.
- If you love the way you decorated a specific space in your home this year, snap a picture before you take it down. Print that picture and pack it with the items you used to create the space.
- Use holiday linens to wrap your holiday dishes. This will provide extra cushion and keep your table settings together in one place.
- Number your bins in the order you want to take them out next year. For example, if you always put up your tree first, make that bin #1. Proceed from there, and pack them away so that bin #1 is the most accessible. Next holiday season, you won’t be stuck digging through stacks of bins to find what you want.
By implementing these simple but useful organizing tips, you can start next holiday season off right.
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