There are a couple of different camps out there on home decorating for the holidays.
The "I decorate every single square inch of my home for every single holiday" team
And The "I have a few decorations I pull out for the major holidays...sometimes" team
No matter which camp you belong to, I'm sure you've experienced a bit of dread knowing you have to get yourself together, get your big girl pants on and head to the basement/attic/garage and get this show on the road!
Now, imagine this project being something you look forward to instead...
Yup-it can look better, it can be easier, and you can make it happen
When the crisp is in the air and Fall is on its way, with it comes some much useful MOTIVATION!
You start seeing pumpkins everywhere and you know Halloween decorations are a must, especially if you have little ones and celebrate.
This is the perfect time to give your decoration organization a complete revamp, and these tips will sure set you up to succeed...not only this season, but many to come:
Decide Where You'll Store Your Decorations
Let's talk location!
Consider the amount of decorations you own, have you decluttered recently?
If not, start there- Any old color stories that no longer fit your esthetic? Any broken items? lights that no longer work?
Once you have an idea of the volume, decide on a location.
A location big enough to store all items and that you won't need to move around throughout the year= re-organize + set it and forget it
Use Dark Plastic Bins
I'm a fan of clear plastic totes to store just about anything, being able to quickly glance at a tote and know its contents is very important, as it can save you time in locating exactly what you are looking for.
However, I find that I like dark opaque totes much better for holiday decorations for one simple reason= They eliminate visual clutter
Holiday decorations come in many different sizes and colors and those differences can make clear plastic totes look messy.
If you are also looking to go opaque totes to minimize visual clutter in your storage area, be sure to label all totes in detail
*Tip- take your labeling to the next level by utilizing an inventory tracking app like Sortly or Home Inventory. After you photograph each item the app will create a QR code you can later scan to find what you are looking for!
Organize Christmas Decorations By Zones
I brake up my Christmas decorating over a few days and I enjoy it now so much more!
Day 1 Tree
Day 2 Outdoor
Day 3 Main Living Space
Naturally, I store my decorations in that way also!
Tree totes contain: ornaments, tree lights, tree skirt.
Outdoor Totes Contain: outdoor lights and all other outdoor decor
Main Living Space Totes contain: all items used to decorate the mantle, tea towels, blankets, etc.
This is my magic way to decorate little by little and minimize the "work in progress messes"
Include Party Supplies
Most holidays come with celebrations and get togethers.
Often I'll buy party supplies like paper cups, plates, and napkins on sale post holiday for the following year
These can be added to your holiday storage section in a tote labeled, for example: Halloween Party Supplies.
Other holiday specific serving ware can also be added to each holiday zone, like your turkey platter in your Thanksgiving totes or your snowman hot chocolate mugs in your Christmas totes.
Halloween is right around the corner... ready to kickstart the holiday season clutter free?
I sure am!
Don't want to go at it alone?
We can help, reach out!