The holidays seem to go by too fast! Now it’s time to un-trim the tree and un-deck the halls. Packing away Christmas is much less exciting than decorating for the season. Storage solutions and a little organization can make this unhappy chore easier and quicker. Proper storage helps ensure your favorite holiday items will last longer and makes it easier to unpack your decor next year.
Declutter by Removing Items You Won't Use Again
There always seems to be items that aren't used anymore or not in the best condition. Or maybe you want to change style/ themes and those items won't fit the new look. You can always donate or recycle them, or just simply throw them out.
Organize the Packing
There are many ways to tackle this. Decide if you will make any changes to your decorating next year and put that plan to paper. Pack decorations either by room, theme or by color. Make sure to label the storage bins accordingly and add those notes or pictures so you know how you want next year's statement to look.
Label Those Lights
Of course you’re going to wind those light strands up on a spool for storage, right? Before you do, attach a piece of masking tape on which you’ve written how long the strand is and where you used it. Having that information at a glance will make next year’s decorating a snap. Also, consider purchasing insulated bags for storing lights to protect them from dust and breakage.
Oh Christmas Tree
Whether you’re packing away an artificial tree or hauling a real one to the curb, taking down the tree can be a messy job. Artificial trees are heavy and take forever to dismantle. Even when properly maintained, a real tree will probably be shedding needles everywhere by the end of December. You can make either job easier with a bit of ingenuity.
A rolling case for artificial-tree storage makes it easier to get the tree back into basement, attic or garage. Some styles can accommodate a full-size tree without taking it apart.
The best trick for reducing mess with a real tree is to replace the tree skirt with a large sheet or drop cloth before you start removing decorations. Once all lights and ornaments have been removed, use a turkey baster to remove any water still in the stand. Spread out the sheet, and have someone help you lay the tree down—stand and all. Bundle the whole thing up, and carry it outside. Remove the stand, and carry the tree to the curb for pickup.
A crush-proof wreath storage case, a divided ornament chest or a hanging gift-wrap organizer can make a world of difference in how well your Christmas decorations survive from year to year. Before rushing out to buy storage solutions, consider the reality of your storage space. Look for storage containers that stack, hang or are slim enough to slide under a bed. Good-quality holiday storage containers really are worth the investment if you have room for them. Don’t forget to label each container even if you’re super sure you won’t forget what’s in it.
After Christmas Deals
If you discovered you need additional items for next year's decoration plan, try checking for after Christmas deals now both in store and online to save some money.