"Remember, doing a little work to get a system in order, equals less stress year after year."-HT
Overtime you will add to your collection of Christmas decorations. Buying decor that updates your style and home. The older decorations need not sit in the attic year after year or come down from the attic and go back up. Some decorations will become outdated or simply just won't fit into your style or decor any longer. This is a great time of year to donate to a family that may not have Christmas decorations, or to an organization that will resale or donate your gently used items to spread Christmas cheer. Go through and separate the things that no longer serve you first, then think about smarter storage solutions.
Consider where you will be storing your containers. Location will play a factor in how much storage space you have and the size and type of containers that you will need. Think about the convience of the storage. Even though you only get Christmas down once a year you do not want it to be a pain to get to. Creating a convient location will keep stress levels down from the start.
3. Size of Containers
Size matters when you are choosing containers for storage. The last thing you want is for a box to be to heavy to get down from the attic or to carry down the stairs. For instance, if you have 100s of lights you want to wrap and store them in smaller bins like this 32QT Sterilite. Larger less heavy items like small faux wreaths, garland and small faux trees can go in larger bins. The larger bins like this 64QT Sterilite can contain the more frumpy, light weight items. The clear containers with latching lids are the best, and stack beautifully! If you don't have the budget to buy them all at once or want to convert to clear but already have other bins buy them little by little! That is what we did! They also carry the Sterilite bins at Big Lots if you have one locally. Proper storage for wreaths, ornaments and Christmas trees is so convenient as well!
Label, label, label. Most of the time you will slightly forget what you even have stored away. By labeling you can make the process so much more simple AND it helps the other person handing down boxes find what they need, my husband greatly appreciates the labels! My favorite box is my mantel box. I can simply take it to my living room, set it and unpack it. There is no searching for my vintage elf or the pine cones and berries, everything is right there. Less stress is always a good thing! Some other examples of my labels: garland, lights, window lights, dinning room, general decor (these are things I tend to put in different places every year) and of course ornaments.
5. Packing & Unpacking
One thing to remember is this process is always going to get worse before it gets better. There is usually some kind of mess when you are packing and unpacking, especially Christmas. Mostly garland tinsel everywhere in my house, but when you have a system and labels it makes things so much easier. Boxes come down and go to their designated spaces, get unpacked go oh so lightly back up, and then boxes come down and go right back to those designated places to be repacked. Remember doing a little work to get a system in order, equals less stress year after year.