One of my family’s favorite traditions is decorating for Christmas. My husband and I both share a love for decking the halls and have been enjoying this hobby for the past 17 years. Unfortunately, what goes up, must come down. 🙂 So here are some of the ways I Organize Christmas Decorations when it’s time to put them away.
You may want to put on some of your favorite music and have a trash can/donation bin handy. Remove all batteries from lights or other miscellaneous decor to prevent corrosion.
I use Sterilite 22 Gallon bins because they are durable and large enough to hold most of my Christmas Decor including my outdoor wreaths. You can find them here. For my larger items (Christmas Village & Garland) I use Rubbermaid 28.8 gallon bins (the ones with the green lids).
Lights and Ornaments
I try to save the original ornament boxes and stack them in the bottom of the bin since they are well protected. Then I place special individual ornaments in the bottom of plastic grocery bags and wrap the excess bag around it a few times. Ornaments that are unbreakable are placed in a separate smaller bin to keep them together. The Christmas lights are wrapped around cardboard that has been cut to the size of the bin.
Wreaths & Bows
I always remove my bows from the wreaths and place them in a separate bin to keep them from getting smashed. The 22 Gallon bins will hold three wreaths along with the wreath holders in the bottom of the bin. To find out how I hang my outdoor wreaths, visit this post.
The first bin has all my shirt boxes, gift bags and gift card holders. I keep a smaller box on top to hold tape, scissors and miscellaneous items. The second bin holds ribbon and bows. Storing bows in old cookie tins will keep them from getting smashed and rubber-bands prevent ribbon from unrolling. Storing gift wrap in an upright container keeps it from getting damaged, allows for easy selection, and smaller rolls can be stored inside of larger ones. Small rubber-bands will keep the rolls closed.
Kitchen Supplies & Pillows
Again, I try to keep the original packaging for kitchen items. It allows for better storage. I store all of my pillows and throws together in the same bin.
Wrapping candles in tissue paper prevents them from sticking together. Always store candles in a cool space like a basement. Taper Candles should be stored flat in their original packaging. I usually place a pillow or something lightweight in the top of this bin.
Storage Bin Printables
Round Christmas Wreath image is from freepik.
To protect the bin labels, I made sleeves from page protectors. I placed the printable in the sleeve, cut the edge with the holes off with a paper trimmer and then hot glued them to the bins. I like using this method, so the labels can be easily replaced.
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If you like these ideas, leave me a comment. I would love to hear from you. Let me know how you Organize Christmas Decorations.