One of the themes I've noticed from all these ideas sent in by readers is that it's important to be able to readily recognize what you've got inside your storage boxes, so choosing some that remind you of whatever type of holiday decor they contain can make it easy.
That's exactly what a reader, Katherine, made sure happened when she got herself some new Christmas storage containers, as shown in the photo below.
Katherine said, "New Christmas storage boxes - lovely Christmas red trim 🌟⛄️🎅🎄
Over the last two days I've downsized from ten boxes to four boxes. All remaining decorations are off to the charity bins tomorrow."
Similarly, here's a photo from another reader, Sheryl, who also chose to use color coded storage containers for her decor, to make it easy to identify.
Sheryl said, "Wanted to share what I have done over the years with holiday decorations.
This is ALL of my Christmas decorations. Every holiday has a specific color: Easter: pastel pink/green/yellows Halloween (Autumn): orange/black Thanksgiving: Cross over with Autumn Browns/orange July: clear w/blue lids"
Keep scrolling below for quite a few more photos from readers to show you what organizing tips work best, and how easy it is to implement them.
Holiday decorations, by definition, are mostly kept in storage, and are only pulled out once a year for a little while.
That means you need to be able to find and then identify what is inside your storage boxes quickly and easily.
The simplest way to do this is with labels, and perhaps even more elaborately, depending on how many and what type of decorations you have, with an inventory.
Below I've provided a resource you can use for inventorying your decorations if you wish, but definitely label them!
That's exactly what several readers have shown they do when they sent in the photos above.
The photo in the collage, on the left, was sent in by Julie. She stated, "Since I finished this challenge last week I FINALLY got around to organizing and downsizing my Christmas decorations! I went from 8 totes down to 5 and made an inventory sheet so I know what is in each box. Should make finding a particular item a lot easier next year!!"
The photo on the top right was sent in by Sujean. She said, "Here is half of the boxes all lined up. I have taken old out and reorganizing keep items and reloading. So excited this year. I think I will do the same thing with my craft/boutique supplies. Will make finding things much easier!!"
Finally, the bottom right hand photo in the collage was sent in by Joy, who said, "here is a photo of my Christmas decoration clean up (in progress) and labeled."
Keep Your Holiday Decor In One Storage Location If Possible
Further, once you've labeled all your storage containers you can also make itself easier on yourself if you store all of the decor in one location, if possible.
I understand this isn't always possible, but placing everything in one section of the attic or basement, for example, or other storage area, can make it easy to retrieve things the next year.
That's exactly what two different readers who sent in the photos above have done with this holiday decor.
The top photo was sent in by Rignach, who said, "Christmas got completely organized last year or two years ago. I took matching crates, sorted the ornaments by color and then made boxes for stockings and table decorations. This way when I choose the color theme for the year I can just bring down the box for that color ornaments and the box of stockings and other decorations. The lights were sorted into indoor and outdoor. So one box contains all the outdoor lights and the other one indoor lights. I think we will be adding a new outdoor light box pretty soon to contain the expanding collection."
The bottom photo was sent in by Martha, who said, "My Christmas decorations ! 🌲"
If you've got a lot of boxes it is best to put them on deep shelves, like those shown in these photos. When you do this you can pull out one of the boxes at the bottom without having to worry about all the boxes stacked on top of one another, since they're on shelving! I've discussed this more in the Basement Organization Challenge article, for more details.
I'm printing your Christmas inventory form and I tape the form on the outside of the bin so I can see it.
That's just what works for me, so thought I would share.
Thanks Carol for sharing that idea.
I typically suggest holding your Christmas storage inventory form (click the link to get your own printable version for free right on this site) in a more central location, but if this works for you, awesome!
There is always more than one way to organize and store items.
It is always important to label what you have in your boxes or other storage containers in some way so that you can find what you want relatively easily. This obviously works quite well as a detailed label!