Do you dread putting your holiday decorations away because you don’t have an organization system? Jenny Dietsch, a Certified Professional Organizer and founder of Getting it Done Organizing, has solutions we are looking for. She helps busy families all over the U.S. simplify their lives by organizing their homes.
The holiday season is magical, but it is also stressful. Wouldn’t be it be nice for Santa to deliver toys, AND clean up the mess afterward?
In my house, the only way I survive the aftermath of Christmas is by being organized. I have functional systems in place for where everything goes until the next year. It takes a lot of stress off me and my family, and we don’t dread clean-up.
Easy Storage Solutions for Holiday Decor
Put Your Artificial Christmas Tree Away
If it doesn't quite fit back into its original box or bag, you can find high-quality wheeled tree storage bags or basic ones that get the job done, like the one below!
Use a Storage Reel to Put Away Your Holiday Lights, Cords and Garland
This may be one of my favorites. The Container Store sells an easy-loading bag that contains three rugged storage reels, each able to store up to 120' of mini lights, 75' of bulbs or up to 150' of extension cords. During installation, clip the bag to your ladder or rain gutter. Each reel will spin, unspooling cords for faster and easier hanging. When the season ends, all of your cords and strands wrap neatly back on reels and tuck away in the convenient storage bag.
Put Wreaths in Labeled Storage Boxes
It’s always easy to find my favorite wreaths when I need them! If they are safely stored in a box, I know they are well-protected from the likelihood of furry friends in my attic.
Sort your breakable/un-breakable ornaments into containers.
I have a labeled container full of unbreakable ornaments for my kids to put on the tree each year. I wrap my fragile, family heirloom ornaments in a separate box with tissue paper.
Store all Your Holiday Gift Wrap
I prefer to store my gift wrap and supplies in one convenient bag. I prefer bags that fit 10+ rolls in the main compartment and gift tags/other small items in the divided side pockets for easy access. I found this one on Amazon.com, and it is perfect. You can fit it under the bed, or in your closet.
Label, Label, Label
Label all your bins and boxes clearly so that you remember what is inside next year! We recommend using clear bins with labels, wide-mouthed open lidded tub. We love these labels!
*Pro-Tip: It is good to purge broken holiday ornaments that are not family heirlooms.
*Pro-Tip: Thrift stores love holiday décor, and donations can make some other families very happy!
I hope you enjoyed my post-holiday organization suggestions. I hope you and your families had a wonderful stress-free holiday and a happy new year! Sign up for our emails (below) for more home organizing and sanity-saving solutions throughout the year!