Here's a printable Christmas storage inventory form you can use to help you keep track of where you store your decorations, plus tips for how to use the form most effectively in your home.
You can scroll down to get the printable form, but first, here's information on how to use it.
Your Christmas and other holiday decorations only come out of storage for a small portion of each year, so it's very easy to forget what you've got, and which box it's stored in.
One of the easiest ways to keep track of what's in your Christmas storage containers eleven months after you put the stuff in there, and your brain can't quite remember anymore, is to reference your inventory list.
At the end of this Christmas season, as you pack away your decorations, including ornaments, lights, and everything else you use to make your home festive, label the containers you place everything into, with numbers or letters. I suggest labels such as "Christmas 1" and "Christmas 2" for example.
(You can scroll down to see some reader photos submitted, which illustrate how to label your boxes.)
Next, as you pack the decorations back in the box simply jot down the type of thing in each box. You can be as general or specific as you wish and need to make it easier for you, the next year, to put your fingers on the right things quickly and easily.
Finally, as you place them back in their storage location note where you placed the box. This can be especially helpful if different boxes are located in different areas of the house, such as the attic, basement and garage.
In addition, if you are being especially ambitious, you can write down what area within the storage area you placed the boxes, such as on the basement wall close to the water heater. This is especially helpful if you've got lots of boxes in one area.
[Click here to get the form]
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This free printable form has been very popular, and several readers have sent in photos of their organized Christmas decorations, using this form. You can see some of them below.
First, Theresa sent in the collage of photos below, stating, "Most organized these decorations have EVER been. And ironically I didn't buy any of those containers this year. And actually used one less than I normally do. AND DROPPED off a box of other decorations at Goodwill today."
Second, Cathy sent in these photos of both her filled in inventory forms, and the Christmas storage boxes she organized for storage.
I would love to hear from you, sharing your thoughts, questions, or ideas about this topic, so leave me a comment below. I try to always respond back!