The new year is just around the corner and it’s the perfect time to get – and stay! – organized. Over the next year I’ll be bringing you articles filled with organizing tips, cleaning plans, lists, printables, and more in an effort to help you be on top of your game. It’ll be a good way for me to make sure that we’re staying organized, too!
To kick off your holiday decoration storage and organization, start by taking advantage of these after-Christmas sales and stock up on plastic storage bins. Walmart and Target (as well as other places, I’m sure) generally discount them more at this time of year than any other. Try to pick up a few in different colors. That way you can color-code your storage and make things easier to find.
For example, we’ll be using green bins to store our Christmas decorations, red bins for spring holiday decorations (like Valentines and Easter), blue ones for summer holidays (July 4th, outdoor decor, etc.), and purple ones for the fall holidays (Halloween, Thanksgiving, general fall decor, etc.). Everything else that needs to be stored will go in clear bins.
I’ll also be picking up some of the smaller bins that are on sale. These will be for baking supplies (sprinkles, cookie cutters) that I don’t use as frequently, craft supplies, stationary, and other odds and ends. Don’t worry – I’ll be giving you suggestions for storing, filling, ordering and accessing them over the coming months.
Oh – and you can definitely pick up the “specialty” storage boxes if you want, but you really don’t need them. For example, the ornament boxes that have the divided compartments: in my experience they’re not as useful as you’d think. The cardboard bends easily, if you have oddly-shaped or large ornaments they don’t fit, and it limits the amount you can pack into the bin.
Instead save egg cartons for the smaller, more fragile ornaments. You can also pick up some of the clearance Christmas tins (round and square), pad them with some clearance tissue paper (or crumpled newspaper) in which to pack your ornaments.