You don’t have to spend a lot of money on fancy containers to store and organize Christmas decor. You can use cardboard boxes or purchase basic storage containers and get creative with your storage techniques. The most important part is the grouping and organizing, that way it makes it so much easier for the following year.
I love organizing and find it makes it much easier for me to keep a tidy home. My family catches me rearranging the dishwasher because my kids don’t do it my organized way because it is more efficient to run a full dishwasher. I do try not too obsessive about how they put the silverware in the tray. Ok, back to Christmas decorating!
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As you can see my containers are of different sizes and colors. Over the years I have purchased a few each year; as to not break the bank on storage containers. You can always use boxes until you have the funds to switch over to clear plastic containers. I recommend clear plastic since they hold up longer than cardboard, you can see inside, and they easily stack.
A few years ago, Mr. DD built these great shelves in our basement storage area. This has helped to keep this area organized and much easier to pull out a container instead of stacking on top of each other and always needing the one on the bottom. Sound familiar?
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I use my label maker but you can easily handwrite it on a piece of paper and tape it to the outside of the container. You can be very basic or use some pretty fancy labels. Pinterest is full of free downloadable labels. I also found these fancy labels.
Placing a label on your Christmas decor can be helpful as this allows for easier decorating for the following year. I like to use labels like Christmas Tree Decorations, Lights, and greenery as a few examples. That way if I want to decorate the tree first, I don’t have to pull out all the boxes to find the tree decorations.
Start by organizing each container and being very specific about what is in the storage container. Organize by room, tree, and items. I have 2 trees so all the ornaments for a specific tree are together in the same containers. As a result, I find this to work best because you may not want to put up a second tree or you rotate your themes each year. This will save you time instead of sorting out all the ornaments, they will already be grouped together and you won’t have to touch the containers that you do not want to use.
Be creative and use what you have on hand to hold your ornaments.
Here are a few creative ideas to use what you have in your home to organize your ornaments and bulbs.
You can use egg cartons, coffee filters, or plastic cups to hold small ornaments and bulbs, they stack nicely in a container. Use old storage containers that you might already have on hand to organize Christmas decor.
organize the lights
We all know that untangling the lights from the previous year is a tedious task. I love the idea of winding the lights around hangers, or cardboard. Even using poles to hang the lights and keep them from tangling around the others. You can also purchase these storage lightboxes above fairly inexpensivly.
Wrapping Paper Storage
Many times, you can find ways to use an existing container and turning it into a container that works better for your Christmas wrapping needs. The thought of having all your wrapping items all together in one container makes for easy gift wrapping. No more searching for tape, scissors, or bows.
Of course, you can spend your money on the expensive fancy storage containers, but I would rather spend my money on more Christmas decor. How about you, how do you organize Christmas decor? Do you have fancy containers or do you get creative?
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