6 Tips For What To Do Now To Make Next Christmas Easier For Yourself

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TAKE THE STRESS, CHAOS AND CONFUSION OUT OF CHRISTMAS DECORATING NEXT YEAR BY USING THESE 6 TIPS RIGHT NOW!

I know the holidays are officially over and you might be tired of thinking about Christmas right about now, but please hear me out.
small white stoneware container with winter greens

 

I don’t know about you, but one of the major factors that contributes to stressing me out over Christmas decorating is starting out with a mess on my hands. One of THE BEST things I did for myself in the last few months, that made my Christmas decorating SO MUCH EASIER this year, is to organize my crazy, messy attic! Read more about organizing in Step #2.

 

Over time, I’ve come to realize that these are the major contributing factors that make me feel stressed out at the very beginning of the decorating season (and even beforehand):
  • Decorations that were simply thrown into a box, bin or bag last year with no thought given to Christmas decorating the following year.
  • Having to open every single box, bin and bag to even see what each one contains.
  • Not having a vision or even an inkling of how I think I’ll be decorating next year.
  • Not having a decorating timeline to work from so that I feel overwhelmed trying to figure out where to start.

cubbies filled with small Christmas decorations

I certainly don’t enjoy starting out what should be the most wonderful time of the year on a negative note, so I’ve developed a list of things that I do every year, at the end of each Christmas season, that sets me off on the right path next year.

TIP #1: MAKE A LIST OF WHAT WORKED WELL (OR DIDN‘T)

Did you decorate in a way that you especially liked?  Or did you do something that didn’t work well and you don’t want to repeat?

  • While it’s still fresh in your mind, make a list of everything you loved this year and everything you didn’t.
  • Store the list in a Christmas storage box.  Label the box with a #1, if you can, so it will be the first box that you open next year.
  • Take pictures of things that you did and did not love and store them in a folder on your phone marked “Christmas Ideas” or something like that.

Christmas vignette

TIP #2: ORGANIZE & PURGE NOW

I struggle with this tip the most because by now, I’m just a little bit tired of “messing with Christmas”, if you know what I mean.  But – this is a big one that I force myself to do each year because I know that the reward when I’m ready to decorate for Christmas next year will be well worth it!

There are many different methods for organizing your decor, but below are a few of my favorites.  Choose the one that works best for you!

  • Use see-through bins, so that you can get a glimpse of what each bin contains.
  • If you decorate the same way from year to year, pack your decorations away by room.
  • Pack decorations by category – tree decorations, mantel decorations, centerpiece/table decorations and so on.
  • If changing things up each year is more your style (that’s me!), pack decorations by color.
  • Clean and repair any items that may need it before packing them away for next year.

Christmas vignette with Santa figurine

TIP #3: STORE EVERYTHING IN ONE LOCATION

If space allows, try to store your Christmas decorations all in one location.  Spreading them around in different places in your home is kind of like hiding presents – you can never remember where you put them all.

If you don’t have the space to store them all in one place, write where the rest of the decorations are located on a piece of paper, then lay that note in the top of the box that you’re sure to remember the location of.

Another idea is to take of picture of where decorations are stored with your phone and save it to that same “Christmas Ideas” folder that I mentioned in tip #1.

Christmas kitchen vignette

TIP #4: CREATE A PINTEREST BOARD

Create a Pinterest board in your account titled “Christmas 2020 (or whatever the next year is)”.  Add pins of inspiring Christmas ideas throughout the year.  As you begin to pull your decorating thoughts together for next Christmas, this will jump start your creative juices!

Try to refer to the board from time to time throughout the year to remind yourself to keep your eye out for bargains on items that you can use next year.

Gold tinsel Christmas wreath

TIP #5: KEEP A RUNNING LIST

It’s inevitable that you’ll think of things throughout the year that you’d like to try next year.  The problem is remembering them all by the time the season rolls around again.  This has happened to me SO many times!

Here’s where your phone can come to the rescue again.  Use a reminder app for your phone to make notes of things as you think of them.  You should be able to create a folder within the app titled “Christmas Ideas” or something similar.

mercury glass candle votive

 

TIP #6: USE SPECIALLY DESIGNED STORAGE

Take advantage of storage containers that are especially for Christmas decorations!  They’re specifically designed to protect all of your most treasured items.

There are lots and lots of choices out there, but I’ve rounded up some of my favorites in my Christmas Storage and Organizing Tips, Solutions and Hacks post, which you can find by clicking HERE.

 

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28 Comments

  1. Great ideas. All those boxes you have marked with numbers: I have that many JUST for the tree!!!!!!! I probably have at least 60 boxes of Christmas decor. I know….I am crazy. But I always say I will keep doing it til they put mE in a box:):):) XO, Pinky

  2. Putting away Christmas decor is always a chore for me. My organization is very similar to yours. I have 13 bins, all stored in the attic. I know, YIKES! My bins are numbered and I have a list that I store on my computer on Microsoft Office Word.
    I haven’t started putting away Christmas yet, I need to get started soon. It always looks so bare when it’s gone.

    Smiles,
    Carol

  3. I am impressed! A few years back I did this and took pictures of key items taped to the ends of the boxes. It works great you go to the box and see what is inside…Now lol here is my problem, I store them in my shed…sounds good, but not! I then have a solid year to store things in front of my meticulously stored Christmas Decor….I have to solve that problem. You did that great in your garage you can get to yours….Great job.

  4. I love seeing how you organize your stuff Suzy. I, too, vow every year to try to keep everything together. I have the most problem with the cheap pack of ornament hooks – I must have a million because I have to buy new packs each year because I don’t know where my old ones are. LOL So, tomorrow I start the process. Fun times.
    Happy New Year

  5. Wow! What organizational skills!

    Terrific projects all!

    What a pleasure it has been getting to know you this year!

    Thank you for being a friend to me and 2805 and for sharing at Potpourri Friday. I wish you a healthy, prosperous and sparkling New Year!

  6. This is a super plan, Suzy! I’ve done some similar things before, but this year I’m going about the storage totally differently. I’ve been filling my storage boxes randomly, because what I discovered this year, is that I like using items in lots of different ways in different rooms and probably won’t do it the same way next year. My plan is to open up all the boxes next year in the garage & just start moving things around here and there. I may be totally frustrated with this decision when I start that process next year, but it certainly makes packing the decor away much easier & requires fewer boxes.
    CAS

  7. Thanks for sharing your organizational tips with us! I am taking down decorations today and I’m going to try your technique…I have had the same problem of outside labels falling off of the storage boxes. I saw your post over at “Meet Me Monday”. I am following you now to learn even more from you!

  8. Holy Christmas! I love it! I love that you have so many tubs full of decorations! All of our decorations still fit into just one giant tub with masking tape labeled “Christmas”
    I love the storage over the garage door too! Brilliant!
    Good job finally getting the decorations organized the way you want! I love that feeling!

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  10. Thanks Suzy for the organizing tips on putting Christmas decorations away. I have determined to get better at it this year. I bought all the bins already. The inventory list and numbering system is a great way to pack up everything. I intend to get busy this weekend after my last wave of guests go home.

    1. I Susanne. I’m glad that you found my numbering system helpful. Packing Christmas decorations away is one of my least favorite things to do, but at least I don’t dread pulling them all out again every year. :/ Happy New Year!

  11. I’m here from a link you provided, and so GLAD I saw this!!! That shelf location is GENIUS! I never thought about that spot as a usable area … duh! So, snapping a pic and showing it to hubs for next Christmas. (Just one problem ~ we have to clear enough floor space to be able to work under the planned shelf area to install!)
    Oh, well, all in due time, all in due time! Thx for linking back to this great post!

  12. Hi Suzy! I love your blog. And your home looked so gorgeous for Christmas!! I have a question about storing Christmas decorations. I purchased some see through bins and was wondering…do you use tissue paper or something heavier to wrap some of your breakable items? Would really appreciate your advice since my husband and I have moved alot and I’m in the habit of using thick layers of newspaper for breakable things. Could I get by with a light wrap of paper or tissue since I usually store boxes in my basement but switching to clear bins. Wishing you a Happy New Year!

    Connie Gould

    1. Hi Connie. I’m sorry for taking so long to reply! I don’t use newspaper at all because I’ve had a problem with ink rubbing off onto whatever I’ve wrapped with it. To store my breakables, I use tissue paper, paper towels, plastic grocery bags and bubble wrap. I love grabbing all of that stuff when we unwrap presents every year and adding it to my stash!

    2. Thanks Suzy! That helps alot. I know what you mean by an interior designer wannabee. I spent two years in an interior designer program but ended up not liking the drawing of floor plans and rendering Ugh. But found I had a talent for decorating and an eye for textiles and especially love doing vignettes and tablescapes. I never did finish school and have since retired but have such a passion for decorating my home. You have so many neat things on your blog and I look forward to your weekly posts.
      Connie Gould

  13. These are all great tips. I had plans to purge this year as I was putting my Christmas decorations away, but I just got overwhelmed and tired and shoved everything in my bins just to be finished. Maybe I will purge as I am going through everything next year.

    1. I know what you mean! I want to do the exact same thing and truly have to FORCE myself to be even the slightest bit organized when putting it all away. It’s so hard! I’m glad you found the tips helpful!

  14. Thank you for sharing your list. Christmas preparations are not easy with the kids though. I just feel so confused and overwhelmed when Christmas time approaches, too many presents to buy and packs and I always have to plan stuff ahead of time regarding our trip. I try to take care of everything before Christmas but it is not easy being a single mother. Anyways thank you for sharing such a great post. Keep writing for us your posts are very inspirational.

    1. Hi Sherry. I understand exactly how overwhelming it can all be! I hope that by using some of these tips, starting now, it won’t be quite as overwhelming for you. 😀 I hope you have a less stressful 2020!

  15. Hey Suzy,
    I am late to replying to this post. After reading your current post, I just browsed thru previous post and landed on this one. For me, one of the thing that would be helpful for Christmas decorating, is for bloggers (like you) that I look to for inspiration would do a Christmas in July post. Hobby Lobby usually starts putting their decorations out in July, not sure what this year will look like, but I think about Christmas at that time, but never plan what I want my season to look like cause I have no ideas.

  16. These are some of the best tips regarding Christmas decorations and decorating I’ve read. Thanks! They are even more pertinent for those of us living in small spaces. I started using smaller and always translucent storage containers several years ago and started typing up contents list and inserting them into the boxes where they are easily seen probably three years ago. Because I use a lot of faux greenery that I store in bags, I’ve more recently started writing in indelible ink the contents on the bags. As funds permit, I want to purchase clear storage bags for my florals. The requirement to store items in off-site outdoor rental storage is the biggest challenge and one I have yet to surmount. It is difficult when you are not only aging but fighting the elements, to take the time to create a treasure map of what’s stored where in each unit. This caused me the most difficulty this year. If anyone has any suggestions that would make storing things…and finding them easily…in off-site storage simpler, I’d love to hear them. I’m not ready to throw in the towel yet!