Our personal organizer, Major Mom, is at it again. Here are some tips for organizing your holiday decorations:
Most of us enjoy holiday decorations, but can you quickly and easily find your decorations when you need them?
If you have a large collection of holiday decorations and the thought of going through them all at once is overwhelming or too time-consuming, then start small! Begin by gathering the decorations you have for the next approaching holiday. For example, now that fall has arrived, it’s time to organize your Halloween and Thanksgiving decorations. Search your home for EVERY decoration you can find; including those hiding in the garage, tucked away on closet shelves, and lurking in the kitchen.
- Sort like items with like items. You may be surprised by how many duplicate items you have! Discard all worn and broken items.
- Next, decorate your home! Make sure you only use decorations that truly make you happy. Never hold onto decorations if:
- You keep them out of guilt because they were a gift
- They don’t match your current decorating style
- They remind you of a sad memory
- They are broken
- You have downsized and they are too big for your new home
- You’re only keeping them only because someone paid a lot of money for them once
- Holidays should be happy occasions, and decorations are part of the fun. Donate all decorations you don’t love to your local charity.
After the holiday, organize your decorations carefully into watertight bins. Transparent, color-tinted bins make bins easy to identify quickly, such as orange for autumn, red & green for Christmas, blue for Hanukkah, and pastels for Easter. If colored bins are not an option, create color-coded labels!
- Use extra large bins for light items such as wrapping paper and decorative pillows. Use smaller bins for heavy items for ease of use.
- Before packing the decorations away, be sure to check for stray candies and other treats. You don’t want critters to feast in your storage containers!
Ideally, it’s best to store all of your holiday decorations in one place. It is also o.k. to store outdoor decorations in a garage or shed, while storing indoor decorations in a basement or storeroom.
TIP: Recycle your non-working holiday lights at your local ACE Hardware.