Monday, January 16, 2017

Christmas Storage & Organization Ideas

Hello everyone.  I have been a little busy bee these days.  I know it is almost the middle of January, but I have been working on getting Christmas decorations organized.  I am embarrassed to admit that our basement is a total mess.  It is starting to feel cluttered and I am starting to stress over it all. Has that happened to any of you?  I did not want to add extra chaos to the mess that was already in the basement so when we took down all of our Christmas decorations, it made sense to start with the the holiday items.  

It is not a fun task but one that certainly needed immediate attention.   I love the feel of a clean and fresh home and for that reason, I really have to start doing a better job storing all of my seasonal decor and china. 

As soon as January 7th arrived, Christmas decorations came down.  Our last two weekends were spent doing inventory, separating decorations by room and getting rid of unwanted items.  I am not an expert on the subject, but I will tell you that I am learning a few tricks through hands-on experience and plenty of nose-diving into those over-packed ornament bins.

The first thing I did was search on Pinterest and YouTube for organizing ideas.  One idea that stood out for me was storing the decorations in clear roll-out storage carts.  The idea is brilliant.  Everything is quickly accessible, no heavy lifting and no need to dive into messy bins.  

I just loved this idea of the roll carts.  I purchased a few of these carts from Walmart assigned one for each of the two trees in the house.  One large cart holds the ornaments for the tree in our living room and another holds the ornaments for the tree in our dining room.







We also bought the following supplies to help with the task:
  • Large Sharpie
  • Gift wrap Tissue Paper (Dollar Store)
  • Storage Bags (Target)
  • Small Garbage Bags (13 Gallon)





I began by labeling each storage bag and wrapping each ornament with tissue paper.





































All of the Christmas arrangements were store in deep large clear storage bins.  I layered a few sheets of tissue paper on top of the arrangement for protection before covering.






Max always finds a way to get into the picture.  lol




Holiday art/pillows/stockings were also covered and placed in small garbage bags and then placed in clear storage bins also.









These are also perfect for storing those special wreaths.
This was another great idea I found on Pinterest for storing electrical extensions,




I have to be honest, this was not a small task at all.  Thank goodness I had the help of my husband through it all.  But I am so glad that we took the time to organize it all.  Another thing I found most helpful was labeling everything.  It will make your life so much easier.  

Well, Christmas goodies are finally in order.  Next year, decorating the trees will be a breeze.  Now is on to the rest of the basement ladies.  That is a scary thought and one that I am not looking forward to.  

I hope you can take some ideas from this post to use in your own home.  I will share my progress with the basement as I go along.


Thank you for stopping by today.

Janet


16 comments:

  1. Very organized and neatly put away. I like the idea to keep the electric cord in place. I will copy that idea if you don't mind! Have a wonderful week!

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    1. Hello Angela,

      Thank you. I am so glad that it is all organized now although I still have the basement to complete. This was just the start.

      Of course you can copy the idea. That is why I share it with you all so you can pick up a tip or two.

      Have a great week.

      Janet

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  2. Wow I'm impressed by your good work, and I love the way you have made it easy to store your Christmas stuff. I love organizing, and I was very inspired by your good ideas. What a nice husband you have, who helps you so much.

    I wish you a lovely day
    Lone

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    1. Hello Lone,

      Thank you so much. I do appreciate the compliment. I am so glad that Christmas decorations are all organized now although I still have the basement to complete. This was just the start.

      I do enjoy an organized home. Life is so much easier that way. Glad you picked up a couple of ideas.

      Yes, my husband is a wonderful man. Thank you.

      Blessings,

      Janet

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  3. Great organizing system - you'll have no problem finding what you want next year.

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    1. Thank you Carol. I am so glad that Christmas decorations are all organized now although I still have the basement to complete. This was just the start.

      Glad you stopped by.

      Have a wonderful week.

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  4. Thank you for your suggestion, dearest Janet, you're sharing a wonderful idea to have everything in order in a very little space and to find everything easily the next Season !

    Hope your week is off to a good start,
    I'm sending blessings of joy on your coming days

    Xx Dany

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    1. Hello Daniela,

      I hope you are having a lovely week so far.

      Thank you so much. I do appreciate the compliment. It was a lot of work. I am so glad that Christmas decorations are all organized now although I still have the basement to complete. I do love sharing my ideas with you all.

      So glad you stopped by.

      Hugs,

      Janet

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  5. WOW, great ideas, thanks so much. I do put each room into tubs 1 of 2, 2 of 2, etc and the room that it came out of. But, this year I was not feeling well and had a young man helping me. We will see come next Christmas how it ended up.

    Your organization looks wonderful. I am afraid to say that my garage looks terrible and of course no car has ever been housed in there. The only place to storge my treasures. No attic or garage in sunny California.

    Have a wonderful week and don't over do.

    Mary

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  6. Dear Janet , did I ever need this post ! Great organizational ideas. Hugs and blessings , Cindy

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  7. My inner neat freak is geeking out over your amazing organization, Janet! I love this idea and may have to borrow it for next year. My mom may even have some spare rolling plastic carts to spare...Thanks for sharing!

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  8. How wonderfully organized you are Janet! It must be so much easier to get it out the following year when you put it up so nicely. We got shelving in the basement this fall and that really helped our storage situation out. Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

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  9. Definitely a great idea!

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  10. Wow, you are very organized and I love those bins! Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, have a great weekend.

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  11. you are so organized.. next time you won't face any problem of finding any of the stuff...

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  12. Gosh, that's a LOT of Christmas ornaments you have there! I'm actually quite intrigued that you have some of the storage boxes labelled with "living room tree" though. If you have more than 1 tree up at your house at Christmas time, then it would totally explain why you have that much decor! Haha!

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