Taking down Christmas decorations is just as much fun as putting them up … said no one ever! If you love decorating for Christmas but dread the thought of Christmas undecorating, you’re not alone. Warning: you won’t find perfectly packed and labeled bins or expensive storage solutions here. Instead, I’m sharing my tried and true, quick and easy ways to take down and store Christmas decorations.
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If you saw my Christmas Home Tour, you know I have a lot of Christmas stuff and that is just the tip of the ice burg!
Leave the Tree for Last
Taking down all the decorations isn’t as overwhelming when it’s done in stages plus I love being able to enjoy the glow of the tree through the new year. Who said you have to keep the box your tree comes in?
I also love these inexpensive clear bins because they are not too big and are clear so you can see what’s inside at a glance.
Pile it On
I gathered all of my decorations on my kitchen table where I could see everything at a glance. This made it much easier to store similar items together.
I Hate Big Bins
I’ve been transitioning to these 56 quart clear bins and they are a game changer! The smaller size means I can find what I need without having to rummage through huge amounts of stuff and they are easier to carry up and down my basement stairs.
Repurpose egg cartons which make perfect storage containers for smaller ornaments and plastic cups lined with tissue paper do too!
You don’t need a label maker or special stickers to label your bins. Repurpose Christmas cards, or any other paper you have on hand, by writing down what’s inside each bin and sticking it on top (you’ll never search have to search through bins for that Christmas tree topper again)!
I do have some large bins for bigger, bulkier items if I If you’re an over achiever, you could even label your bins so you don’t even have to open them to know what’s inside.
Use Decorations to Store Breakables
Soft things make great “wrap” for breakables. I stored Santa mugs in our stockings and use Christmas dish towels to wrap around my cookie jar collection.
Clear bins are the way to go! I love these smaller clear bins with locking lids.
I store anything that isn’t too precious or breakable in plastic gallon bags, keeping like things together. The clear bags make it easy to see what you have at a glance.
Your future self will thank you if you take this time to gather up decorations that you no longer love or use and add them to the donation pile.
If you haven’t used it in two years, chances are you never will.
Lots of people tell you to wrap string lights around pieces of cardboard but I just wrap each strand into a circle (wrap around your thumb and elbow), then place each strand into a bin (I can fit four strands per layer), adding a paper bag between each layer.
Don’t Store Everything
Candles, faux evergreens, little trees, garlands, string lights, and mercury glass will help warm up your house during those dark winter months.
Pack away anything that screams Christmas and keep things around that are winter friendly.
My little ceramic house village will be sticking around for awhile.
The house seems very empty without the abundance of Christmas decorations but I’m happy to have a fresh slate.
Here’s to making Christmas undecorating less of a chore.