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.