Wednesday, January 2, 2019

31 Days to Organization - Day 2: Pack Up Your Holidays

Happy New Year! January is a time to start fresh...to begin again with a fresh, clean start...so it is only appropriate that January is National Organization Month! And since many people make a New Year's resolution to become more organized, I'll be posting organization tips every day for the month of January.

This angel is from my childhood and still graces the top of our Christmas tree 40 years later
Day 2 - Pack up your Holidays with Christmas Storage Pieces

Before you can begin the process of organizing and de-cluttering your home, you need to pack up the decorations, gift wrap and other holiday items so you can step back and take a look at your home and your routine of everyday.

Many of you may have already put away all of your holiday decor. If you fall into this category, give yourselves a pat on the back, grab yourself a cup of coffee and relax. You can take the day off (or keep reading for tips on how best to pack everything up next year). For the rest of you still facing the daunting task of packing up your Christmas and holiday decor for storage, it's time.

Instead of hustling to toss everything from the tree into small, cramped cardboard boxes, give some thought to your holiday storage situation. Anything you can do now to organize your holiday collection will go far to reduce stress next year when it's time to decorate again.
  • Before anything is packed away, make sure it is clean and intact. Your beautiful table runner won't look so beautiful next year if an overlooked stain has been allowed to set. Check for broken items. Many ornaments can be easily repaired with a dab of super glue. Check everything once and check it twice.
  • Use storage boxes that are easily identifiable as holiday storage. A bright red, green or blue and white snowflake decorated box is easily spotted among a sea of neutral colored boxes. If you don't have easily identifiable storage, try marking your containers with large red or green stars. Label all boxes with large, legible signs.
  • When possible, pack items such as villages, nativity sets and Keepsake® ornaments in their original packages. The padding is already provided and the pictures on the boxes tell you what's inside. These items can then be safely stacked in a storage bin.
  • Pack items together by their display. Pack the stockings with the stocking hangers. Pack the tree skirt with the tree stand or artificial tree. Pack placemats and cloth napkins with the napkin rings, holiday dishes, and/or centerpiece displays. This make decorating the following year much easier.
  • Many ornaments can be stored in special divided containers. Large or odd shaped ornaments can be wrapped with tissue or other padding, labeled and stored in plastic boxes.
  • Store seasonal gift wrap items together in gift wrap storage containers so they're ready and waiting at the start of the season. *Save a bunch of money by purchasing your gift wrap now during the after holiday sales and store it away until next year. 
  • Wrap lights around light trays or a sturdy piece of cardboard to reduce tangling. A light storage box makes easy work of wrapping and storing multiple strings of lights.
  • Store your wreaths in wreath bags and hang them from hooks in your garage or attached to the rafters in your attic.

Snapware Snap 'N Stack Square 3-Tier Seasonal Ornament Storage ContainerDivided ornament storage containers, like this one by Snapware, keep ornaments from rubbing or banging into each other. This particular version is especially nice because you can see the ornaments. And since the layers are separate, you can retrieve an ornament on any layer without disturbing the rest.



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