Sunday, January 12, 2014

Christmas Decor Organizing, again!

This is actually a re-post of the way I organized my Christmas decorations last year.
But since I pretty much put everything away the same way, I thought it best to share again!

All of us dread the day after New year when we have to drag ourselves to store all the decors we've set up meticulously over the holidays. I am no exception.

As much as I love decorating for Xmas (You've seen how clearly over-the-top I could get..), putting them all back into proper storage is one helluva task! 
Plus, I have a tendency to just dump everything in bins and just "dive in" the next year looking for stuff!

It's not just the manual labor itself, it's also the thought of the holidays being over so far!
 Uuggggh! I know you understand what I'm talkin' about.

So, to make it easier for me next year, I started putting away my decors in a much more organized fashion to make my next year decorating adventure MUCH EASIER....

Let's start off with the ornaments...

I used 2 plastic drawer bins from Sterilite from TARGET ($10.99-17.99) & ziplock bags to organize and categorize some of my ornaments.

Different Snowflakes

Felt trees, Crystal Angels and Glittered greens

Icecles galore

Glittered Reindeers

Sentimental ornaments

Red ornaments
Felt Snowflakes

Blue Ornaments
I also used these red Sterilite Ornament bins from WALMART ($4.95 each)

Capiz stars

Glass Balls and leaves
I mentioned some, since the bigger ornaments went into much larger plastic bins. I use the ones from Target because I like the color. :-)

Like these
I have 2 major storage rooms for these. One is in the basement utility room...

Lanterns hang atop
Shelving for some decors

Xmas boxes filled with more decors

Glittered tree one inside another

Xmas Table linens and party stuff

Xmas pillows and more ornaments

Nutcracker and more ornaments

The other storage I have is in the outside garage.
 My hubby and Dad built it for all my bins three summers ago.

13 total, actually now 15!
 I wanted one color only so I know immediately know what's inside. For Halloween I have orange bins.
Xmas tress atop
For my wreaths, I have these Sterilite boxes..

All bought on clearance of course
For the lights, I recently got these see-thru bins from Home Depot...

4 total so far

I know what you must be thinking - that's A LOT OF CHRISTMAS DECORATION! 
And yes, you are right, but I don't use them all at the same time. 
Since I am gaga over this holiday, I just could not resist beautiful xmas stuff whenever I see them (I know, I NEED HELP!!! :-))!  
But now you know how I change my Xmas decor every year, choosing from any of the stuff that I already have and mixing them up differently. And like most of you, I shop AFTER THE HOLIDAYS, to get the big discounts.

I hope you have some idea how to store yours too! Good luck if you haven't yet!!

Have a great week!!!


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  1. Oh my word, I don't think I have ever been that organized. Everything looks amazing. Hugs, Marty

  2. What an amazing organization system. I can't wait to move somewhere with a basement or attic. We have neither in AZ.

  3. I'm so glad it's all put away. You did a great job organizing your stash, Vel. I put mine away according to color in case I want to do all white next year. xoxo

  4. Wow Vel! This is truly amazing. How terrific it will be when Christmas rolls around again. Worth the effort. Have a great week! Jane

  5. Looks so well organized, Vel. I really like all of your bin storage. I was much more careful about packing the Christmas decor away this year. I kind of packed things by rooms and used a lot of ziplock bags to separate things. My "simplify" plan for 2014 Christmas is not to reinvent the wheel and not feel the need to create all new vignettes. That's my January plan for Christmas -- that's a very long!

  6. I need you at my house, Vel! It all looks so clean and organized!!

  7. So glad you are so organized! With all your holiday decorations you seem to have it under control, and easy to find. Smart lady! Have a great week! xo Nancy

  8. I'm in awe at your organisation. I hope I'll have the patience to do the same... next year. For this year, everything is put away in a very disorganised trunk!

  9. Good gracious! That is a whole lot of Christmas decorations!! I'm totally jealous. It's totally genius to store flatter items in those plastic drawers! Easy to label, easy to see! :D

  10. Oh my gosh, I could go shopping in there! Everything looks great…I love the feeling of being organized!

  11. Ha! I think it's cute that you are so into Christmas! You are so lucky to have so much storage space!

  12. Vel, I did this last Christmas and labeled all my containers. It made unpacking them this Christmas a breeze. However, it is time consuming to painstakingly pack the decorations away like that, but so worth it! We have similar storage bins too!:-)

  13. Wow! I am so jealous of all of that storage space!!

  14. Wonderful storage pretty girl and you are so organized, I love it! I don't have much space here, as I did at your age in my huge house, but it's ok. I'm clean with C'mas decor too, and I'm very happy to take out my fav things again! Happy new year for you all Darling.

  15. Oh how I wish I had a basement to store all my holiday decor! Your outside garage storage is pretty sweet too! Love how your dad and hubby built those shelves for your bins. I store a lot of stuff in ziplocks too, but now I'm thinking I need some of those cool storage cases with drawers in them. Love those!


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