In December, I layer my home AND in January, I declutter it! I like to kick off the new year with a totally blank slate and for this to happen, Christmas has to be in the attic. Here’s my system for organizing Christmas decor — how I put it all away and have it ready for next year.
I use clear storage bins for almost everything, but at Christmas, I’m all about the red and green. This makes it easy for Stud to know which bins to pull down (it’s way too many for me to maneuver up and down the stairs). I bought these Yaffa bins long ago and if I could buy more – I would. I love that the lid allows for an extra 5-6 inches of storage. I don’t think they’re available anymore. I was sad for a bit, but have moved on. My 21 gallon Rubbermaid latching storage bins work great!
I have each of my bins labeled so when it all lands in my living room on the day after Thanksgiving, I know which bins to open first. As great as it is to know what’s inside, I’ve found that Christmas decor needs another layer of organization. Inside most of my bins I have my decor grouped into smaller bins – these are the clear Container Store bins that I use all over my house. My Memory Ornaments bin has a bin or two for each of my children, ornaments that have been passed down to Stud from his mom, ornaments that we use on our advent tree, ornaments with family pictures, etc. In the Nativity bin, different sets are sorted into my favorite clear Container Store bins, too. Layers of organization is especially important for anything being placed in the attic for an extended period of time.
Here are a few of my bin labels, Kitchen and Gift Wrap – White Ornaments – Christmas Stockings – Christmas Decor (Not to be mistaken for the Santa Hats and Christmas Tchotchke Bin)
Colorful Ornaments – I may not use aqua every year, but I loved it this year (here). Stud and I used eggplant on our first Christmas tree — any guesses on what year we got married!?!
My Collection of Tree Toppers.
Our Favorite Christmas Books
I use ornament storage boxes with dividers for my more fragile ornaments, like these gold and ivory ornaments.
My silver ornaments are not as intricate in design, so I sorted them in small see-thru bins.
My white ornaments are from several different trees over the years, my snowflakes from when we were first married – I found them in a gift shop a few days before Christmas marked down to just a couple dollars – they’re beautiful wooden snowflakes. The nutcrackers were a DIY project for the boys’ room several years ago (here), and my red polka-dot ornaments were used for the first time this year (here).
These are the bins I use for my more fragile ornaments. I like to use see-thru bins for my fragile ornaments – it gives my sweet hubby gets an extra hint to be a bit more careful.
Christmas definitely came and went too fast this year, but with 2014 around the corner there are so much organization to busy myself with, I will be so glad to have all these pretties tucked away in the attic. And next year, with the bins organized by color and well labeled, it’ll be easy to decorate my tree with the colors I’m loving at that time. Gold? Silver? Green? Red? Aqua? White? — not sure yet!