In a matter of a few short weeks, I'll be forced by my husband (and the HOA) to take down my holiday decor, which quite simply feels as if I'm Moira Rose handing my wigs over to the feds...
But alas, the show must go on! Even though I can't display my holiday decor 365 days a year, at least I can organize and store it in a way that makes it easier to unpack next year.
Let's start with the basics...
Take photos: Before you start packing up, snap some photos of the decorated rooms to use as a reference for next year. It will simplify the unpacking process when you can visually see what you have and where it needs to go.
Edit as you go: Fight the urge to shove everything back into storage bins without editing first. It's a waste of space and energy to pack and then unpack items that shouldn't be there in the first place. Keep a few garbage bags nearby to toss or donate the items that have reached their expiration date.
Store in good condition: If something is broken, fix it or toss it. If something is dirty, clean it. It takes more effort to resurrect an item after its been in storage so just take care of it now so life is easier later *insert shrug emoji*
Label E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G: Just because you access these items once a year doesn't mean you should skip labeling. In fact, it's even more of a reason to label because you're even more likely to forget. (P.S. If you want labels in THE signature font, place your custom order here!)
Let's start with the most fragile, shall we? Store ornaments in stackable bins with compartments for protection. We suggest categorizing based on color, design, or the tree they belong to. For extra security, wrap each ornament in individual foam packing envelopes.
A string of tangled lights is an experience I prefer to avoid. Wrap them around a durable reel to keep them secure and protected before placing in storage.
A crushed wreath? No, thanks. Use a storage container made specifically for wreaths. They are durable, stackable, and also work perfectly for garland.
If you opt for artificial and have the vertical space, use a protective tree bag and store it all in one piece, lights included. Another option is wrapping and and labeling each part, then storing it in a bin.
If you have a spare closet, transform it into a gifting station for *every* gifting need, categorized by occasion. This allows you to grab what you need and only what you need at any given time.
Use clear stackable bins with cup inserts to contain items like ribbon, bows, tissue, gift tags, etc. Wrapping paper can either be stored laying flat in under-the-bed boxes , held in acrylic risers flipped upside down, or stored upright up using floor bins.
In small spaces, utilize an Elfa over-the-door rack and swap the items by season. It should include a utility board for scissors and tape, baskets for ribbon, gift tags, and cards, and a holder for wrapping paper.
Items like stockings, pillows, tablecloths, and tree skirts can either be stored in stackable plastic bins or vacuum-sealed bags. Categorize (and label) by room or item. If you tend to keep to a routine, labeling by room will help in the unpacking process.
To protect glass or ceramic accents or tableware, store in stackable china storage cases, or wrap each item tightly in foam packing sheets before placing them in a labeled bin.
Hope y'all had a happy and safe holiday season!