Today is the day after Christmas and most people are still eating leftovers, the kids are still playing with their new toys and let’s face it your house is probably still a mess, but that’s okay. Some people like to start getting their house back together right after and no better day than today to start doing so!
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If you’re planning to do some post holiday shopping to score clearance prices on Christmas goodies now is a great time get organized for Christmas next year. Forget the candy and gift sets; stock up on usable items like ornament boxes, tree boxes, storage containers and so much more. Here are some ways you can make the next holiday less stressful and more organized.
If you’re anything like me, we absolutely LOVE the holidays and that means lots of holiday decorations and décor probably too much if you ask me. While you’re starting to put things away it is a great time to go through all your stash to see to decide if you want to keep anything you haven’t already used or haven’t used for a while. Decluttering your holiday stash will make organizing and storing a lot easier.
Separate items into three sections; donate, trash and sell and sort into these sections. Anything broken or not fixable toss into the trash box, anything not as valuable but still nice add to the donate box and anything high quality add to the sell box and put away anything else you want to keep. Remember you don’t need to go crazy with decorating to make it feel like any holiday, don’t forget that this tip works with any holiday decorations. I know this year we lost a lot of inflatables, and other outdoor decorations due to age and probably storage conditions.
Also I should add when you go to store your final decorations make sure you use plastic totes and containers and store in a dry environment this will prevent any damage to your items and ensure longevity.
After tackling the excess it’s time to organize what you already have out. If you use an artificial tree plastic tree boxes and bags are perfect for keeping your tree free of rodents and moisture; invest in a high quality container because trees are not cheap and you want to preserve your investment for many years. Ornament boxes are perfect for storing your ornaments however; I find them a bit bulk and small; small containers, and egg cartons make great inexpensive storage options to store your ornaments and not take up too much space.
Wreath boxes are perfect for storing holiday wreaths and stack more than one together and use tissue paper to prevent scratching or rubbing against each other. This is another item you’ll be able to find on sale after the holidays. Also organize nativity scenes, Christmas villages together and storage in a large plastic tote to prevent damage and add the heaviest items on the bottom. You can also use newspaper or tissue paper to wrap dishes and holiday themed items like cups, plates, serving plates for storage for next year. Don’t forget candles and other decorations as well.
When using plastic storage containers organize like items together so it makes these items easier to find when decorating for next year. Pack well but not overfull to prevent damage, and don’t forget to store all your items together and most importantly label everything! This makes everything SO much easier when it comes to the that time again.
Consider investing in light wraps; they do make plastic light wraps to wrap lights to prevent damage and or you could use cardboard to with slits to wrap your lights. Wrapping them will prevent damage and tangles don’t forget to tape the replacement bulbs so you can replace lights as needed. You can also use light wraps for lighted garland as well to keep them tangle free. Also consider vacuum seal bags or garbage bags to store inflatables and keep them separate from others by storing together in the same container. Larger items like wire lighted animals are a little difficult to store; if you can take apart and use zip ties to store everything together and maximize space. If you can’t take apart cover with a plastic tarp or trash bags to prevent damage. As always store a dry area to prevent moisture damage.
Don’t forget stockings, and tree skirts as well. If dirty launder if you can according to care directions or was on the delicate cycle in a pillowcase or garment bag. Once washed fold nicely and wrap in tissue paper to prevent fading. The next thing is to consider is wrapping paper, tissue paper ribbons, and gift bags. If you’re lucky enough to have a room, wall or closet space to store items utilize it Use rubber bands to secure used wrapping paper, add a hook to store gift bags and storage tissue paper in a bag if you can. Consider a paper towel holder to storage holiday ribbons. If you’re like me and don’t really have space to store wrapping paper and other like item consider a plastic or bag container for wrapping paper and gift bags. Here’s some great functional organizational products for holiday storage:
Again these are just some ideas on what you can get to help you organize. I highly suggest hitting local stores for better deals on your holiday organization.