If you feel overwhelmed with packing up all the seasonal decorations, check out these Best Simple Seasonal Storage Ideas for Decor. These tips will help you stay organized, and you will know exactly where to find all your items.
It’s so fun to decorate each season, but having to put everything away after Christmas is not only sad but very daunting.
When we downsized to a much smaller home, it was essential to know where all items were stored, and these tips have helped me.
In addition, you will find some helpful tips to save space and transition into winter decorating.
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How To Organize Seasonal Decoration Storage
You may be storing Christmas decor right now, or you will be soon. Now is the perfect time to get your seasonal decor organized.
I have been using a new system to organize and keep track of what I have stored in each container, cabinet, or drawer. It has been a lifesaver when searching for one item.
Getting ready for the next season
But first, let’s talk about what should be stored away and what you might want to keep out for your winter decorating.
As you begin to remove the Christmas decorations, make three piles. My piles are very large, so I designate a certain area of the house for each.
One pile is items that you want to donate or give away. Things you will not use again.
The second pile is items that are only associated with Christmas Decorations. This will vary from person to person, but these are the items you are ready to put into storage until next November. Some items that are on my list are as follows:
- Christmas Stockings
- Anything with Santa Claus on it.
- Nativity Scenes
- Christmas Tree Ornaments
- Pillows or anything that says Christmas.
And finally, my third pile is winter decor. Items that I’ve had displayed for Christmas will also work for winter.
These may include:
- Bare small trees
- Snowy Wreaths
Subdivide Your Seasonal Storage Decorations
Next, you want to subdivide your seasonal storage decorations. Place similar Christmas decorations together, such as all your small trees, snowmen, garlands, wreaths, etc., into the same totes.
You also want to reduce the size of your seasonal piles. Here are a few tips that may help.
- Press branches of small trees upward and wrap them with twine to hold them tight.
- Remove seasonal pillows from the fillers. Only store the pillow covers. Use your filler for the next seasonal pillows.
- Place smaller decor items inside larger items. This is a great way to add extra protection for delicate ornaments.
- Wrap string lights around a piece of heavy cardboard or a 4×1 inch board. Wrap tightly to save space. This works well for garlands, too.
- Use vacuum storage bags for pillows, throw blankets, and bedding that needs seasonal storage.
- The best space savings idea is to get rid of any items you didn’t use this year. Chances are, you will not use them again. Add to your donation pile.
How To Protect Seasonal Items From Moisture Damage
If you are placing your items in a climate-controlled environment, you don’t have to worry about moisture damage.
However, if you store your seasonal decor in an attic, basement, garage, or any unheated area, you risk extreme heat and cold conditions.
Those extreme conditions can cause items to melt or freeze. In addition, moisture may build in the containers, damaging your prized Christmas decorations.
One way to help prevent a moisture problem is to add silica gel packs to the storage bins. I like to keep packets from items I receive in the mail. However, they are inexpensive to purchase and definitely help keep items fresh and dry while stored.
Organize with Tote Scan
One of the best tools to keep you organized is Tote Scan, a free app you can add to your phone. You can easily photograph items as they are placed inside your storage bins. You will attach a QR Label (which you do have to purchase) to the outside of your tote. When you scan the label, you can see all the photos of items you have placed in the bin.
Here is a photo of the items I placed in this tote. You can see the QR label on the top of the tote. I continued to take photos as I layered more items inside the bin.
Although it’s necessary to purchase the QR labels, they are inexpensive. I’ve only purchased once and still have several labels available for future use.
How To Store Seasonal Decor
Now, that you have items organized and your totes are filled, you are ready to place your items away until next season.
As you stack your storage bins, please be sure to keep the QR Codes visible on your storage bins for quick access.
If you store items in drawers or cabinets, you can easily add the QR Label to the door or drawer side. You no longer need to remove everything from the cabinet only to find that the item isn’t there after all.
Working With A Clean Slate
Once all the seasonal storage boxes and bins are removed and your donation pile is gone, it’s time to deep clean.
The new year is always a perfect time to start with a clean slate.
I like to keep my Winter decorations as simple as possible. You can read Best Winter Decorating Tips for more ideas to transition from the holidays to winter decorating.
Why Go Thrift Store Shopping Now?
One final tip for you die-hard thrift store shoppers.
If you want to get a head start on next year’s Christmas decor and other home decor, now is a great time to hit the donation thrift stores. Everyone is cleaning out, and you may find some great deals. Read Top Ten Tips for Successful Thrift Store Shopping for more details.
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