I know that many of you won't even be thinking about packing up the Christmas decorations until after New Years, and that's fine. I love how fresh and simple my home looks after the decorations come down, so I eagerly ditched the tree yesterday. Let me share some tips to make packing things away (and pulling them out again next year!) a little bit simpler.
- Sort items into totes labelled for different types of Christmas Items. I have a tote for the tree decorations, one for miscellaneous indoor decor, one for holiday linens and dishes, one for wreaths and one for garland and extra lights. I also have a large tote for all of the exterior decorations, but I will leave them up at least until the new year. Totes labelled for each area of the house would make sense too.
- Now is a good time to consider purging anything you didn't use this year. Some things, like favorite ornaments that didn't fit on a smaller than usual tree, are no-brainer keepers. But Maybe you have some lights that are are missing so many bulbs that there is no sense packing them away again? Or ornaments that never seem to actually make it to the tree because, lets face it, you don't like them them very much?
- Shop your recycling bins for storage containers. Egg cartons are the perfect size to safely store mini glass balls. Re-purposed cookie tins work well for larger ornaments.
- Place sparkly things in zip top bags to keep them from shedding sparkles on everything else.
- Place things in the totes in the order you expect to need them. For example, my tree tote has lights at the top, followed by bead garland, then ornaments and then a star at the bottom.
- If you have young children, consider packing all of the non-breakable tree ornaments together in one little container. Next year when you are unpacking everything with excited little hands around you can pass them the whole box of felt and plastic ornaments and let them have a blast decorating the bottom branches of the tree while you place the more breakable ones higher up.
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