It’s getting to that time of year when we pull out our fall decorations, then Halloween decor, then Thanksgiving, and finally Christmas. While that change of seasons is so exciting, decorating can be a frustrating experience if you aren’t organized and are left rummaging through boxes because you can’t find something. So, today I’m going to share the best way to store seasonal decorations, to set yourself up for success each year when it’s time to get them down!
Here’s what you need:
Let me explain some of those items. First, I always recommend using clear storage bins because that way it’s easy to see what’s inside of them. You can do different colored bins for each season but, personally, I think it looks a lot more organized when everything is one color (or in this case clear). Secondly, if you’ve never organized your decorations then you will need a trash can or a donation box because I guarantee you are storing things you haven’t used in years. Now is the time to get rid of it! Don’t hold onto it for memories sake, or because you think someday you might use it again – you won’t. You’ll keep buying new things and then your holiday decorations will continue to get more and more cluttered.
Go through each season, one at a time, and start by taking everything out that you have for that season. Next, look through all your decorations to see if there are any items you haven’t used in the last year or two – those ones go in the trash or donation box. Look for items that are damaged – those also go in the trash.
The next step is to group similar items together. For example, for my fall decor, all of my pumpkins are in one plastic storage bin, garland is in another, etc.
It’s the same thing for Christmas – garland in one bin, tree decorations in another, mantle items in another, etc. Grouping things together makes it really easy for setting up the decorations each year. If you don’t have time to decorate everything all at once, you can do it one box at a time – pull down the box you want and just set those decorations out.
Labeling each of the bins is really important. This will guarantee you know where everything is, and what is in each box. I use a label maker to label my storage bins, but if you don’t have one, you could write directly on the bin, or tape a paper label to them. The important thing is that each one of them is labeled so you don’t have to waste time looking through all the bins for what you want next year.
How you store you decorations is also important. If possible, store them somewhere cool so that you don’t end up with melted decorations. If you have space, keep all the decorations together in one place. We have an amazing storage closet downstairs, so I have everything on shelves down there.
You can also store them in an attic, basement or garage, whatever is most convenient for you. Keeping everything together in one place will make it easy to find things, it will make it easy to put one season away and pull out the next, and it will make you feel accomplished having everything so nice and organized!
The holidays are the best part of the year, so don’t waste it getting frustrated that you can’t find your favorite decoration. Take a little time to get organized and you won’t ever have to worry about it again! I guarantee that every year when you pull the decorations off the shelf, you’ll thank yourself.
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