Check out these Best Simple Seasonal Storage Ideas for Decor that will help you stay organized, and you will know exactly where to find each item.
If you are like me, you may be overwhelmed when storing your seasonal decor! It’s so fun to decorate 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.
Seasonal Decor Storage Organization
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 I begin to remove the Christmas decoration, I begin by making 3 piles. My piles are very large so I designate a certain area of the house for each.
One pile is items that I want to donate or give away. Things I will not use again.
The second pile is items that I only associate with Christmas Decor. This will vary from person to person, but these are the items you are ready to put into storage until next November.
And finally, my third pile is winter decor. Items that I’ve had displayed for Christmas but will also work for winter.
Preparing your Seasonal Storage Pile
I also subdivide my storage pile. I place similar items together, such as all my small trees, snowmen, garlands, wreaths, etc.
I also like to reduce the size of my piles. Here are a few tips that may help.
- Press branches of small trees upward and wrap 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 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 also.
- 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.
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 items I placed in this tote. You can see the QR label on the top of the tote. I continued to take photo’s 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.
Now you’ll be able to place your items away until next season. Please be sure to keep the QR Codes visible on your storage bins for quick access if you need to.
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.
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.
Thrift Store Shopping
One final tip for you die-hard thrift store shoppers.
If you want to get a head start on next years Christmas decor and other home decors, 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.
Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope these tips are helpful to you as you store seasonal decor.