There’s just something about taking down the Christmas decor for the year and storing it that is gratifying.
I’ve got 11 clever Christmas decor organization and storage ideas that should help you get the job done more efficiently!
Christmas Decor Organization and Storage Made Easy
By now you have read my Christmas Decoration Storage ideas post, and you know you’ve got to have the right tools to pack everything up!
But there’s so much more to Christmas decor organization and storage beyond just storage, you’ve got to pack it right, and label it correctly, etc.
Why dig into a big mess the following year, searching for stuff when it can all be easily organized when you take it all down?
Trust me, just having Christmas totes, and bags etc is not enough.
Tackling Christmas decor takedown with ease!
Did you know there are things you can do in every room you are packing up from Christmas to help you the next year too?
In fact, my Christmas decor organization and storage ideas as you pack up the holidays go hand in hand with storage.
Instead of wondering what room gets, what, and where everything is, I’ve got some tips to help you along with the packing you have already read!
So, buy Christmas storage totes, bags, crates, and rolling wardrobe carts, clips, but, get ready there’s more you can do!
Today’s DIY definitely offers some clever Christmas decor organization and storage you can integrate into your holiday takedown!
Clever Christmas Decoration Organization Ideas!
What’s In That Room Again?
When you bring up all your holiday totes, have you ever scratched your head and said, how did ALL this stuff go in this room?
Well, there are several solutions to help you through the Christmas Decoration mess.
Don’t worry, every solution is easy and totally affordable!
Labels are part of the clever Christmas decoration organization ideas!
Once upon a time, I would unpack everything and then move around the house with it until I found a spot.
After a while that just got tiresome.
NO room had a theme and everything was everywhere.
I was just filling all the nooks I could find.
Scattered and unfulfilled is how I feel the decor looked.
So, rather than this chaos, I developed my own system.
My DIY clever Christmas decor organization and storage system
I have my own set of rules that I use, not that you have to, but this is how I struck upon all the other organizational and storage tips.
- every room gets its own totes
- every tote has a NOTE
- every year I photo the room (for hints and reminders of how I had it set up)
- every tote gets a number
- every number has a correlated room for delivery (so when I take them out of storage in our home, they get delivered to the right room.
So I keep things easy when everyone is helping me, and I don’t have to shuffle through totes to find what I need.
Instead, the right tote is dropped off to the corresponding room and I can open (or whoever is there can open the tote) and get decorating!
Labels Method option 2
My favorite way to know what tis in a box is via an exterior label.
Don’t just plop a sticker on.
We did that and one year all the stickers fell off somewhere between packing and transporting.
Needless to say, those dollar store stickers don’t work.
Write on the piece of paper that you have cut into a 2×2 or so, and then cover it on the storage container with clear tape.
Boom, that sucker is not coming off!
Alternatively, use a pipe cleaner, and a notecard.
Using a hole punch, pop a hole in the notecard after you write what is in the tote.
Now, stick most of the pipe cleaner INTO The lid and snap the lid.
The little piece of pipe cleaner left dangling with the note card should be exposed, now you know what is in it!
Since the pipe cleaner is flexible yet rugged it won’t slip out!
I have them by the package!
Clever Christmas decor organization and storage electric tip
We have 4 artificial 7Ft Plus trees we put up in addition to a real tree.
Then of course there is all the lit garland, not only on the banisters but on the piano, in the dining room and family room and across the bookcases,
You get the idea.
My little village also needs lit, so, in the end, electrical extensions are mega important.
However, it seems that year after year, we were purchasing more.
It seems that they developed feet and ran away ALL into my husband’s outside toolbox!
Organization? Not really.
Then there are no tangled cords and everything in si one place.
Additionally, I generally purchase at least ONE new pedal for the trees each year.
Stacking and Packing All The Room Decorations
Really consider what and how you are packing the storage totes.
Consider how to carefully pack those totes with a few quick tips we’ve found helpful:
- how many storage totes do you have per room?
- can you use one of the totes for the more fragemil items?
- this tote should be the tote stacked on top of all other totes.
- pack this tote using bubble wrap, or many plastic bags between and arond your breakables
Using your storage totes will preserve your decor for years to come and allow you to preserve those generational pieces.
Ornaments and clever Christmas decor organization and storage
Let’s talk about ornaments.
I’ve purchased so many ornament containers, but, we still need more.
So, I’ve also created my own system.
Pack ornaments in those big, red plastic drinking cups and then stack those in a storage tote.
In between the layers, use cardboard from boxes you have cut up and generally, you should get 3layers out of that tote.
Also, don’t toss egg crates, they are awesome for smaller ornaments storage!
Zippered bags are crazy great for tinsel and foil garland.
Put it in and smash the bag to get the air out!
Ribbons & Bows Go Where?
One of my favorite things to do is organize my bows and ribbon.
First, I use the ties on the long bows and place them on a hanger.
However, as I place each one, I also use a clothespin or a clamp.
Clothespins are great for those metal hangers you might otherwise have tossed.
You can fit a lot of bows on EACH side of the hanger, and then place a plastic bag (garbage ) over them and store it in a closet!
Don’t forget about the portable wardrobe I discussed in my other article.
Portable Garment & clever Christmas decor organization and storage ideas
As I’ve discussed in my other article, it’s easy to stay organized if you have one or 2 of the portable garments (closets)
First, it can be covered which means that you can keep the dust off.
Second, it is perfect for the storage of bows on hangers and anything that has to be hung like wreaths of decor that hangs off shelves.
Hang your leftover tissue paper on hangers for next year this works well.
Framed Christmas Pictures + Wall Artwork
This is a very clever Christmas decor organization and storage tip for your framed holiday artwork, IMO!
I pretty much replace most of my hanging wall decor with Christmas hanging decor.
When this happens I have to take down the walls decor, store and exchange it.
First I have a table set up for the holiday exchange.
Next, I use dish/lid holders to hold the decor.
It’s easy and lets me keep the seasons celebrated with wall decor.
There are many different sizes of lid holders so get a few to accommodate all sizes of wall decor.
Note To Self & clever Christmas decor organization and strorage
For every room, I keep a note in the storage box
This way if I have struck gold on setup and love how some decor is positioned I have a note to do the same again the following year.
Plus any of my little helpers can read the note and fix the room from top to bottom with the decor!
Easy and the best way to get a familiar holiday scene in a room!
All you need is paper and a pen!
Wrapping Paper & Ribbons Need to be Organized
Keep a box/tote for wrapping paper.
Additionally, I set up a ribbon, scissors, and label box.
When it is time to wrap anything, I go to the storage of paper and grab the ribbon box and wrap.
It’s organized year-round!
Cards with Addresses
Every year our card exchange changes.
So, what I have done is change with it.
Keep your addresses on your computer and it’s ready to go.
When we get a card, I check the box off, and if we don’t I cut them off the list.
However, I do continue to send the card to the same person who didn’t send it one more year, just in case….
We’ve all got our own methods, this helps me stay in control and have the addresses at my fingertips for holiday cards!
Use all of these clever Christmas decoration organization ideas as your own! ~ Dana XO