Each year I share a tour of our home decorated for Christmas and one the question that is asked over and over is..where do you keep all your decorations?
For 20 years, I kept everything in the attic. Big PAIN!! We have a pull down ladder and...well, you can picture the frustration. My goal last Christmas was to clear a spot in the basement for easy access. Our basement is unfinished, so it doesn't have to be pretty down there!!
I used 2 old tables for top storage and great storage underneath too.
Here's the first tip...
Use color coded boxes for every holiday. If all your holiday decorations are in the same place, colored boxes help to identify them easily. Red for Christmas, brown for autumn, orange for Halloween, blue for Easter etc...
Second tip...save any sturdy box for small storage. Shoe boxes, gift boxes etc.
These boxes hold things like...
- window candles and the bulbs that go with them
- small decorative evergreen trees
- Christmas cookie cutters
Third tip...invest in ornament boxes. Any type is great, but make sure they have individualized compartment for ornament protection.
These just have layers of cardboard with cardboard dividers. These really keep your ornaments safe and sound.
Final tip...LABEL every box.
There's nothing more frustrating than going through a ton of boxes searching for that one Santa decoration.
I've been collecting Christmas decoration for over 25 years. Most everything is purchased at the after Christmas sales...50% - 90% off. Boxes help keep new things organize, so I know where they are the next year.
I know plastic storage containers can be expensive in some stores. Look for sales and try to buy one or two boxes a year and before you know it, you have enough to make your holidays a little less stressful at decorating time!!
If I had to pick one tip for you to use it would be the Labels...very, very helpful. Saves time and money, because you know where things are and you won't purchase duplicate items.