Growing up, my mom always took down the Christmas decorations after New Years, and I loved helping!
The organization aspect of putting it all away was fun to me. Yep, I’m a weirdo. 😉
In my own home, I usually pack up the Christmas decorations sometime the week between Christmas and New Year’s.
Here’s the step-by-step process I take to pack up Christmas:
1. Star with the tree.
Since the tree is the biggest task, I like to tackle it first. I take the ornaments down and group them together. Then I take all of the bigger items off the tree like the snowflakes and ribbon.
All of the breakable ornaments are returned to their boxes.
Whatever breakable ornaments don’t have a box, I wrap in newspaper or paper towels and place in a small box. I’ve found that the easiest way to store the nonbreakable ornaments is to simply put them in Ziploc bags*.
2. Gather Christmas decor from all the rooms.
After the tree is out of the way, I walk through each room one at a time and gather any Christmas decor that I can find.
I have found that it is best walk around the entire room, so that I don’t miss anything. Then all of the decor gets placed in one central location. For me, that is the dining room table.
3. Clean out the storage bins.
Next, I empty all of my storage bins and wipe out any debris at the bottom. I love using plastic storage bins* because they are more durable and weather resistant than cardboard boxes.
4. Decide what Christmas items you want to keep and get rid of.
When everything is laid out, it is a great time to go through each item and decide if I want to keep it or donate it. If I haven’t used certain Christmas decor in the past couple of years, I usually get rid of it.
This year I decided to throw out some ornament boxes that were worn out, a basket that is beat up, a couple of pillows, and an old candle that doesn’t light anymore.
5. Pack up the decorations.
After that, it is time to start packing!
I like to group similar Christmas decor together. For instance, all of the ornaments and other tree decor gets put in one box.
All of the outdoor wreaths and garland get put in another storage box.
Each year I make new labels for the bins out of note cards and a Sharpie marker. These note cards* happen to be 5×8 and neon!
As I pack the box, I write down the contents on the card. This way I don’t miss anything. Right after I put the nativity into the storage box, I wrote “nativity” on the note card.
It is super helpful to have a detailed list of box contents when I get ready to decorate the following year.
Then I simply attach the labels with packaging tape*, and put the bins away until next year!
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