Declutter Your Home: Organize Christmas Decorations


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With the holiday season drawing to a close, you may find yourself chomping at the bit to get the Christmas clutter put away and reclaim your home. While the sparkly lights, festive accessories, and haphazardly arranged furniture are fun in the midst of the holidays, taming the clutter, finding permanent homes for new gifts, and re-organizing troublesome areas in the home are the ideal way to kick off January and set yourself up for success in the coming year.

However, taking on a whole-home overhaul can require a lot of time, money, and energy at the end of a busy and expensive holiday season. To help you get your home in order after the holidays and ready for the new year while keeping your budget and time commitment in check, we’ll be sharing quick and easy home organization solutions all month long.

To get started, here’s a host of smart, easy, and budget-friendly solutions for how to declutter your home, get your holiday décor put away, and get back to normal!

We’re covering whole-home organization this month, so be sure to keep an eye out for more stories — and be sure to get the scoop on how to organize your bathroom and tackle organizing even the smallest kitchen!

Part I: Put Away the Christmas Clutter!

While you may be tempted to throw all your holiday décor in bins and forget about it, employing some simple organizational solutions this holiday season will set you up for success next season. Spend some time sorting and organizing your décor before putting it all away with these inexpensive and easy to pull together ideas. Not only will these solutions protect your holiday décor, but they will also make decorating next year easy and stress free!

For more great holiday storage solutions, check out these brilliant ideas!

1. Ornament Storage

Estimated time: 30 minutes

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Take advantage of post-holiday sales to stock up on ornament boxes and containers. Bins that feature cardboard or plastic dividers are a sure bet for keeping ornaments sorted, organized, and safe.

Instead of just throwing your ornaments in randomly, spend some time deciding how best to sort them. Whether it’s by color or where they get placed in the home, categorize your ornaments in a way that will make pulling them out and using them next year intuitive and easy!

Find easy-to-use ornament storage solutions on Amazon!

2. Ornament Cup Storage

Estimated time: 45 minutes

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Instead of spending money on new bins designed only for ornaments, you can customize bins you already have to hold ornaments perfectly with just a few inexpensive supplies!

Simply hot glue plastic cups to sheets of cardboard and layer in large plastic totes. Sort ornaments by size, color, or any other category that makes sense to you. Be sure to pick plastic cups that not only hold a variety of sized ornaments, but also maximize the size of the bin.

3. Small Ornament Storage

Estimated time: 30 minutes

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To keep tiny ornaments separate and safe, repurpose Styrofoam egg cartons! Stock up on them all season long and when it’s time to break down the Christmas décor, they’ll be ready to fill up with the tiniest and most precious of the lot.

Pick a larger and more sturdy bin to hold all the egg cartons once they’re filled, ensuring they don’t get smashed and damaged by larger items. Be sure to label the outside of the egg cartons so you know which ornaments are where.

4. Lights on Cardboard

Estimated time: 10 minutes

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Purchasing racks and wheels designed for lights is one of the best ways to keep your lights untangled and bulbs from breaking. However, the cost of such organizing supplies can add up, especially if you have a lot of lights.

To save on cost, use sheets of sturdy cardboard (cut from leftover gift/package boxes) as light spools instead. If necessary, label each cardboard spool with the length and color of the light strand, as well as where it typically gets placed.

5. Christmas Container Labels

Estimated time: 30 minutes

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Investing in large plastic totes for your holiday décor is an organizing solution that will pay for itself year after year. Whether you choose bin colored to match the season or generic bins, be sure to select ones that are sturdy and spacious. Buy enough bins to store everything comfortably, and make sure you wrap or package breakable items into smaller containers (like the egg cartons above).

So that you know what is where when you go to decorate next year, spend some time making clear and concise labels for each bin. List the contents of each box, and, if applicable, include the location for the decorations so they can be pulled down and placed quickly the next year!

6. Wrapping Supply Organization

Estimated time: One weekend

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Even if Santa was abundantly generous this year, you may find yourself with a plethora of wrapping paper, bows, tissue, and ribbon leftover and cluttering up the floors and corners. To corral unruly papers and ribbons and keep it accessible all year long, consider setting up a wrapping station.

A wrapping station doesn’t have to be large or intrusive. Rather, an inexpensive bookshelf can be outfitted with tension rods, hooks, bins, and baskets to hold all your wrapping accessories in one convenient location. Tuck the shelf into an office or closet; you might even consider adding wheels so it can be wheeled out when needed!

7. Christmas Card Booklet

Estimated time: 30 minutes

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If Christmas cards are cluttering up your refrigerator or walls, yet you can’t quite bring yourself to get rid of them, try this easy solution for consolidating them in a way that allows you to keep them, look at them, and even add to them as necessary! Punch holes in the corner of each card and load onto a book ring. Embellish with ribbons to keep it festive and cheery.

8. Christmas Card Scrapbook

Estimated time: 1 hour

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If you’re a more sentimental type and like to keep cards for the long-term, consider making scrapbooks of your holiday cards each year. Fill small and inexpensive albums with your holiday cards, then use the printables provided at this link to add festive and descriptive labels to each cover. Store all the albums together so that you can look back over the years easily.

9. Easy Wreath Storage

Estimated time: 5 minutes

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Wreaths can be one of the hardest holiday items to store in an efficient and easy way. One of the best practices for keeping wreaths in shape, clean, and out of the way is to hang them on a hanger. To protect them, forget about fancy bags and secure a generously-sized garbage bag over them instead. Just be sure to label the wreath clearly so it doesn’t get tossed out with the trash!

10. Wreath Storage Rack

Estimated time: 10 minutes

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If you have a large amount of wreaths, consider investing in a small yet sturdy stand-alone rack. Using a garment rack in conjunction with the same hanger and garbage bag method above will keep your wreaths safe and looking good year after year.

Over the next month here on The Good Stuff, we’ll be sharing loads of quick, budget-friendly, and easy organizing solutions for every area of your home. Our ideas won’t require hours of your time or an extreme overhaul, but are rather simple projects and strategies you can implement quickly and see results immediately. So get ready to have your most organized January ever! Up next, we’re showing you how to organize your kitchen.


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