That’s it Christmas is over, the last carol sung, the last gift unwrapped, and the last cookie eaten; it’s time to put away Christmas. Ugh! I hate putting lights, ornaments, and all the Christmas stuff away, not as fun as taking them out of storage!
I thought I was clever when years ago I bought a dozen large plastic bins from Walmart to store everything in. Still a good idea, but somehow every year I need more bins.
I don’t know why the same ornaments won’t fit back in the bins they came out of. Of course there’s the new stuff I got at the after Christmas sales, they need to be stored too.
Then there’s the lights, no matter how I store them they mysteriously shift so that the next year I end up spending hours untangling them, or getting frustrated and replacing them with new ones. This year will be better, I hope!
I’m not looking forward to the chore, but it must be done. With a few new storage ideas and taking a few extra steps to organize everything I think I can do this. Here are a few tips I found around the web, cheap organization tips that use re-cycled and re-purposed items most of us have at home.
The bins are still handy, get the ones you can see thru so you know which bins to pull out next year. Assorted bins can be purchased at Walmart, Home Depot, and other discount stores. There are “special” bins such wreath storage bags and ornament storage boxes, they are more expensive and I’ve always thought don’t store much and take up too much room, there are easier and cheaper ways to organize and store all the ornaments, the cheap large rectangular bins work best to keep smaller containers organized in one place.
Before you begin gather your supplies:
Clear sided large plastic bins
Egg cartons, fruit cartons, take out drink caddies, plastic cups, empty water bottles, or ziplock bags – you can use any of these containers or a combination of them – depending on what you have available
Large trash bags (for the tree, and other large odd shaped items)
Clothes hangers (for wreathes)
1. Wrap lights to keep them from getting tangled. This will save you the frustration of untangling them next year.
Before placing them in a bin wrap them around a hanger or piece of flat cardboard (cut slits on each end of the cardboard, they will hold the light plugs in place
Or wind them around empty coffee cans. Use masking tape and markers to label the lights – indoor tree lights or outdoor ones
2. You can use the same technique to store garland or you can store beaded garland in empty water bottles.
3. There are several ways to store ornaments depending on the type of ornament as well as what supplies you have on hand.
Learn how to make this inexpensive hanging bin to store ornaments from Craptastic.
Store smaller ones in egg cartons.
Glue plastic cups on to cardboard and stack them in your bins for fragile and odd shaped ornaments.
Use Ziplock type bags to store ornaments, you can organize them by type, color, etc. This would work well for the shatterproof balls, if you store fragile ornaments this way you will need to use old towels and linens to cushion them and keep them from breaking.
4. Wrap fragile ceramic pieces from your Christmas Village, hurricane vases, candle holders, etc. in old linens before placing them in your bins. Better yet re-purpose hurricane vases, cake stands, and candle holders and use them when you decorate for other holidays through out the year.