Packing up Christmas always makes me feel a little sad. (Also a little tired, there is a lot to pack up.)
I have been asked how it is possible to change my color scheme every year… it’s all about color coding and organization, baby!
It’s so simple, it’s kinda stupid. Store the decor by color. I put all the red decorations and ornaments in one bin… all the gold in another…
I don’t really even bother with all of the little cardboard dividers anymore if I am just storing the regular ball ornaments. There are thousands of them, so if there are a few casualties each year, so be it.
By the way, that baggie on the left that says “Decoration Only – Do Not Eat”…? It’s full of peppermint sticks and candy canes. I store them for years. No one at my house likes to eat them, but I love to put them in jars and use them as part of my Christmas decor for years when I use red.
It seems wasteful to throw them away. So I save them. (Make sure you add a packet of silica gel…)
While there are literally thousands of ornaments that I just sort by color and store in bulk, I definitely have treasured ornaments, and they receive First Class Storage treatment…
I also keep the ornaments for the kids’ tree separate as well.
Lights can be a problem, so we avoid this:
…by simply putting each strand of lights in a plastic grocery bag, then putting them all in a bin.
Clearly labeling boxes helps Handsome Hubby each year as he is putting things away. Anything that is marked with Every Year is stored where he can easily grab it for next season.
Also? The color coding also helps HH know which boxes he doesn’t need to pull out each year. I have already decided on my color scheme for next year, so as he’s putting the red and gold boxes away, he will be sure to move the white, silver, blue and green ornaments towards the front.
So between the boxes sorted by color and the clear labeling, corralling all of my Christmas decor is much, much easier.
Now where is my Valentine’s Day stuff….