Sharing how I organize all of our Christmas stuff today. It's never as fun to put away as it is to set up, is it? But even so, it always feels good to have Christmas put away and a nice clean house to start the New Year.
I store most of my indoor decorations in trunks. The trunks I own are family heirlooms. They are antiques that were re-stored by my great Aunt and Uncle and they are priceless to me. My mom has quite a collection of them herself and I've been working on getting my hands on a few of those as well. C'mon mom. It's time to cave and hand over the coffee table trunk. We both know I'm your favorite. (Now let's hope my siblings aren't reading this. Pretty sure they're not since it's an organizing post and they aren't interested in organizing. I know. How is that possible, right!!?) Back to the trunks - I have one in my living room and one in my family room and they are perfect for storing all of my indoor Christmas decor. I have a goal to fit most of my decor in these two trunks so every year I buy a few new things and then send a few older items to Goodwill to make room for the new. I store most of my decor for my living room in the trunk in the living room and most of my decor for my family room in the trunk in my family room. Naturally. :)
I bought this red ornament box from The Container Store years ago and it has been perfect to house all of my Christmas tree decorations. I couldn't find this exact one on-line, but here is something similar. It came with card board dividers so I place all of my round ornaments on the bottom...
and then place this red fabric board in between...
and then I have a new level to work with! One of the best organizers ever.
Some years I've divided the top up using all of the slots to store ornaments,
but this year I took some of the cardboard dividers out to make bigger slots for certain things. I love an organizer that you can adjust to fit your needs.
The rest of our Christmas tree decor! Along with a few Christmas cookie cutters.
That haven't been used. And most likely never will be.
Then I put on the lid to the box and pile things next to it...
and on top of it.
A simple plastic zip pouch holds our Christmas cards for my photo garland.
I use the trunk in our family room to store all of our Christmas books...
along with other odds and ends that I display in this room.
I use a couple of Christmas boxes to house smaller items...
and then I pile on things like our Christmas tree skirt and stockings.
Something I've done for years is to place the fragile items inside of the Christmas tree skirt and stockings. Each of our stockings hold small, breakable items.
I have a red CD case that holds all of our Christmas CD's that also goes in this trunk so that our tunes are easily accessible when December rolls around... or November... ok October. I'll admit, I usually break out the Christmas music sometime in October. I can't help it. Those Chipmunks call my name every year. :)
I usually store our Christmas movies in this trunk also, but I set them aside with our other DVD's in the garage until I can get to them. The DVD's are on my "to organize this year" list and I think it's time for the cases to finally go. There are just too many movies in this house. I could solve that problem by not buying anymore, but where's the fun in that? Sounds much more appealing to just come up with a cool way to organize them all. :)
Feels good to have all of the outside lights taken down too. We put up A LOT of outside lights each year because I love them. One of Kenny's most favorite things to do. ;)
I wish I had something amazing to show you for how we store our outside lights, but my system (if you can call it that) is pretty basic. I know there are so many ways to keep lights from tangling, but I've found that if I wrap them up carefully (loop them in a circle) as I take them off of the bushes and just place them on top of each other they're fine. I've been doing it like this for years and my lights are always tangle free!
Step two in my ever so intricate system is to then place the lights in garbage bags with labels. Tape and a black marker work fine for this job. I mark the bags according to where we place the lights (top of house, front bushes, bottom of Bougainvillea vine, etc. Makes it really easy for set-up when Christmas rolls around again. Then all of the bags go in a huge box in our garage marked "outdoor lights." Like I said, it's a pretty intricate system so I hope I haven't lost you all on that one. I also hope you know I'm being sarcastic.
Good-bye Frosty! Already looking forward to pulling you out again next year!!