It’s Day 3 of Thirty Days of Gratitude, Tidying Up Edition!
Today, I’m focusing on holiday decoration organization.
I’m one of those people who, as soon as the particular holiday is over, I’m ready to put away all the decorations. I don’t like to have a ton of holiday decorations out around our home anyway and, once the holiday is over, I’m ready to pack them up.
For example, on Sunday, after Halloween was over, I gathered up all the Halloween decorations and put them away.
So, how do I organize our holiday decorations?
- I pick up all the decorations after the holiday is over and either take them down to the basement, or bring the tubs upstairs and load them back up.
- When I gather all the decorations, I check to make sure they’re all still in good shape. Any decorations that are broken beyond repair, damaged, or we just don’t like anymore are donated, recycled, or thrown away.
- I keep all the holiday decorations in one place: on shelves in our basement. I keep them in the basement because it’s easier to get them out – and put them back – from the basement (as compared to the attic, which has pull-down stairs). Also, there’s room there to keep them all together. I’m a big fan of organizing in zones, keeping like items together.
- Each holiday has its own bin or bins. While Christmas has the most bins – just because of all the stuff like ornaments, other tree stuff, stockings, etc. – most holidays either have one bin – like Halloween – or share a bin (like 4th of July and Valentine’s Day, together). I use the big 66-qt. plastic bins with locking lids to keep everything dust-free and dry.
- All bins are labeled to find things easily.
How do you tackle organizing your holiday decorations? Do you put decorations away after the holiday, or do you still have Christmas decorations out from last year?
Catch up on all the Thirty Days of Gratitude posts for 2015, Tidying Up Edition: