January 6, 2014
Simple Holiday Un-Decorating Tips
Here are my favorite SIMPLE holiday un-decorating tips:
Box up holiday kids’ books – this keeps them special and out of the way the rest of the year. This bin gets stored in a bedroom closet so if it’s needed I can grab it.
Un-decorating doesn’t always happen in one sitting or afternoon for that matter. If it takes you a bit to un-decorate, plan for it with a basket or bin that you can place items in while taking down the decor.
How about a couple more SIMPLE ideas for holiday storage?
- group like items with like items – it’s a no-brainer but when you’re sick and tired of decorations and want them out of here, it’s easier to just toss things in a bin and pack it away – don’t.
- recycle or donate items that you aren’t using anymore
- burned out lights? fix or get rid of them – don’t hang on to them just in case.
- carefully pack away ornaments so they don’t get damaged in storage – wrap in tissue or in individual compartments
- start separating kids ornaments separately so they are sorted for later when they take them to their own homes (sob)
- need to overhaul your holiday storage? stock up now when it’s on sale!
Lady Katherine Says
Great ideas for storage
Evelina Snell Says
I finally got a great system going! Every room has its own box(es) and I put the boxes away in the order that I will put everything out – Christmas village is first, so those are all put away together and closest to the front, then the rest of the house and then the tree. It makes it so easy to find and put everything away!!! Every box is labeled with the room’s name – Living Room, Dining Room, etc – and all packing materials are all stored in the box.
I also create notes to myself on post it’s for what I need for next year and put it into my agenda in August to transfer when I get my new MomAgenda.
Thanks for all of your great posts!
Christa Graham Says
I make detailed notes at he end of the holiday season so next year, I know what I ahve, what I need, what worked well, what didn’t, etc.
Great tips especially the books. I should do that for other holiday related books as well.
Samantha Lei Says
Great idea using Ziptop bags to separate items, especially small items! I also love the idea of using baskets or bins to organize clutter while you’re cleaning – because chances are it will require multiple cleaning/organizing sessions!
My suggestion runs similar to your bin idea. Whenever I store anything I always purchase and use large storage containers. When I see 10 small boxes under a bed, it looks completely messy and unorganized to me. Rather than 10 small boxes, I would prefer 2 large boxes, and then within each box you can place smaller storage.
Keep up the good work CM : )
We are generally away for Christmas, so my bins are organized as whether we are going or staying. The things I will put out in any case, generally winter themed, re in the bin closest to the entry. If I am entertaining before I leave, and want to be a bit more festive, those are in mother bin. The tree ornaments re usually the farthest in, as it will be the absolutely last to be needed. Most of the kids ornaments and favorite decorations have already migrated. I also use the scannable labels and app, which reply makes this all work.
The best way is to just have less decorations. Now that I don’t turn my whole house into a Xmas village, I need only one afternoon to pack everything in only one (big) box.
My aunt gave her children a small Christmas tree to keep in their room for their own ornaments. She would give them an ornament each year. By they time, they left home they had a nice collection for their own home.
Like Evalina, I use the box per room system. I also take pics of what I did and put them in the box.