On Packing Up the Holiday Decor

Well, good morning, all! And Happy New Year to each of you!


Can you believe it’s 2014?! I’m having a hard time with this one! (I’ll be writing 2013 on everything for a while yet, so y’all will just have to bear with me, I’m afraid!)

We had a little party last night, so not too much is on the docket for today except to put away the Christmas decor! The house is gonna look so weird…

And, considering I JUST finished packing up the Fall stuff last week (HA!) I thought I’d share my method (and a couple of free printables!) with all of you!

1. Make use of storage containers. I love storage containers, because they capture all the small pieces, and you can stack them. You’re working with hard plastics, so nothing will be leaning or falling – it all locks nicely into place!

2. Color coordinate. All my fall decor is in purple storage containers (because fall is my favorite and so is purple!), all the Christmas is in green storage containers (pretty self-explanatory) and the other assorted decor (for things like my holiday shelf) is in clear containers. That way, when I see each box, I know exactly what I’m dealing with.

3. Use the soft to cushion the fragile. I’ve got the ceramic pilgrims resting in the midst of the fall pillows. It’s easy to pack that way, and when you pull the boxes out the next year, nothing is broken!

4. Write down what you have. Every year I’ve said, “I don’t need to write it down, I’ll remember.” Well, I NEVER do. So this year, I’m writing it all down. Want to join in? Check out the printables I’ve made!

Christmas Decor Inventory Printable

Fall Decor Inventory

5. Store in a dedicated area. I have a closet in an extra bedroom that houses all decorative items. When you start stashing stuff here and there around the house, you’ll miss items and won’t discover them until after you’ve put everything else away. (Yes, I speak from personal experience!)

It’s been a wonderful holiday season! Now it’s time to pack up the memories until next year!

For the Fall Decor Free Printable, CLICK HERE!
For the Christmas Decor Free Printable, CLICK HERE!

50 thoughts on “On Packing Up the Holiday Decor

  1. Wow! you are way more organized than me. Every year I say I am going to do it. Then don’t. Maybe next year, It’s a shame we don’t live closer, I’d hire you to come organize mine :).

  2. As I type this, my Christmas tree is still up #shame. My oldest job was to take down the decoration in the inside of the house. I took down the outside decor. That was my husband’s job (he has been working a lot and if I wait on him–it’ll be up until V-day) I refuse to take down the tree and decor in the inside. I almost feel like everyone is passing their job to me! LOL Look, I have enough hats! I assign you a job-you need to do it! πŸ™‚ I do have my tubs organized already like you! It makes getting the decorations out so much easier. The only thing about it, is my hubby uses that same area for his outside tools. You guessed it, the area is a mess! LOL I have to work on organizing that area too.

    • No no, no shame!!! I was so sad to take everything down, so I had to hurry up and do it quickly to be done and get over being sad quickly LOL. My hubby took down the outside, too…so yes, I agree, you’ve already done your job! And good luck organizing his stuff – mine gets mad when I mess with his, ha!

  3. We still need to tackle our decorations. I really love the Christmas tree though….it will look sad in our living room without it. πŸ™ Great printables! I have a list of things I need to look for now that all the Christmas items are on clearance.

  4. So organized, call me impressed! I really don’t have that much so it doesn’t take a lot to store it, I meant to take it down last wk but kept getting distracted with bloggy stuff so I better tackle it this afternoon.

  5. Putting away all of the Christmas decor has always been a little sad for me. I enjoyed having the house look so festive for most of the month of December, and now it’s back to nothing. I have to find other occassions to decorate for. Maybe I’ll do Easter… maybe.

  6. I only have a tree to take down this year. It was our first year with a tree in 12 years and I was just so happy to have it undecorated, pure and serene. It really should come down soon, but with the snow flying outside I’ll enjoy it a few more days. I’ve simplified decorations in general so that’s made a huge difference in storage picking up. I do like to frame some favorite cards, so they will need frames before I pack them away.

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  8. It’s not in the budget to get matching containers yet. We have designated green Duck Tape for inside decorations, purple for outside. Every box has a stripe of tape on it and we can write an overall category with Sharpie. Thanks for your printables.

  9. For those with angst over not taking down your decorations “timely”, in our family we historically don’t take down the decorations until after the 12th day of Christmas (Epiphany); however, for the past 9 years we have extended it through our celebration of Russian Christmas (my son is adopted from Russia). Russian Christmas is usually on Epiphany but we hold the celebration until the weekend as we have 50 plus friends and family in and serve the traditional Russian Christmas menu. Thank you for sharing with the readers of A Bowl Full of Lemons. Great printables.

  10. I am organizing my basement today and can use both of these inventory records. Thanks for your generosity!!! I found you on ABFOL website.

  11. Love your printables!!! I have so many totes of decorations but never know what is in which tote and have said I would do this for years, now I actually can do it πŸ™‚ Found you through ABFOL and I will be back to visit again πŸ™‚

  12. Great tips! Love your printables. With your inspiration, it looks like this will be the year for me to get decorations organized cause I haven’t even put anything away yet! ABFOL sent me your way πŸ™‚

  13. How exciting that you and this post were featured at A Bowl Full of Lemons! I love your printables. Too bad I didn’t see this until now and I already generated my lists for the boxes. It’s my first year of actually listing all of my decorations too. It took a little longer to pack things away this year, but next years unpacking and repacking will be a breeze! Maybe I will even have time to re-do my lists with your lovely printables. πŸ™‚

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  14. Thank you for the helpful ideas…and thank you for the printables! I found you through ABFOL and I’m excited to continue the baby steps to a more organized house this year! πŸ™‚

  15. Love the idea of writing down what I have in the boxes! I have just clean and label them with the holiday name but that is all so this will help me out for the holiday’s πŸ™‚ ABFOL sent me over πŸ™‚

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