With a little prep work putting away the decor has become a snap.
Here is what I do to kep the chaos organized:
1. I have the Christmas bins labeled so they are easy to find. I put away stockings, garland, and bows in bin so they will hold there shape for next year. *Next year I hope to get all green bins to make it even easier to identify what is what :)
2. I have box that is only for ornaments. I bough it 11 years ago for our first Christmas. It has seen better days but it still works so I am not getting a fancy plastic one until this one breaks. Waste not.
Here is how I organize my ornaments:
|First layer is round shatter proof ornaments. They can take the brunt of being hauled up to the attic.|
|Second layer is sentimental ornaments. We collect ornaments from our vacations and favorite places. It feels grea talking about the memories that each ornament represents :)|
|Finally is the flat handmade ornaments. These are the ornaments that the kids have made over the years.|
3. Putting the Christmas tree away. Both my husband and I are allergic to pine trees so we have a fake one. ( I know the HORROR, but I like breathing, I find it keeps alive :)
|As he takes a layer of branches off, he ties them together. This keeps all the layers in tack and no guessing as to where the branch belongs :)|
|All packed up and ready to go to the attic.|
Keeping everything organized this year makes putting the tree up super easy next year :)