Its so sad to see all the warm lights, shiny ornaments, colorful and happy objects get packed away. Especially for those of us who are in the middle of winter and still have the dark, cold days of January before us. Over the years I’ve tried different ways to organize and pack away Christmas. I’ve tried packing by object – all ornaments together, all lights together, all ribbons together. I’ve also tried to pack by color. But mostly all I ended up doing was trying to stuff as much as I safely could into a plastic storage bin.
Do you know what happens when it’s time to redecorate the next Christmas? 8 bins come upstairs from the basement at once. While trying to decorate the tree, I’m rooting through all 8 bins. Objects are pulled out from each bin, and scattered all over the floor while I’m looking for that one Santa mug that I know is somewhere in there.
Well I finally got smart last year, and packed things away based on where or what it was for. I used 2 bins for the Christmas tree. 1 bin for the mantel décor. 1 bin for kitchen décor. 3 bins for outdoor décor. And so forth. If a bin isn’t stuffed full, that’s okay. I think I’m up to about 13 bins now. I even have one for miscellaneous items – those objects that I didn’t use the past year, or was placed somewhere in the house by itself.
It was a blessing this year when it came time to decorate. I don’t have the time in one day to do it all, so when I was ready to decorate the foyer, I brought up the bin for it. I then used that bin to store the knick knacks that were there previously. Easy switcheroo.
I labeled each bin with it’s primary use. And also added a label that gave me an idea of the items inside. Since I might decide to move items from the mantel to the coffee table, and from the coffee table to the hallway, I’ll change the bottom label from year to year, if needed.
If you have a good method for storing Christmas items, let me know. Ideas to make life easier are a plus in my book.