I am an organization freak, but there are times when I have to change things up to make it even better. Packing up Christmas decorations is not the funnest things to do. In some cases, it can be depressing because it is putting memories away. This is especially true when boxing up my children’s ornaments. I love seeing them adorn my tree every year.
I do wait to pack up Christmas on New Year’s Day. It started as a family tradition when I was younger. As a little girl we always went to the Rose Parade to watch the beautiful floats. When we came home my dad would watch the Rose Bowl game and the rest of us helped my mom put Christmas away. This tradition has continued to this day. Although this year I did not make it to the Rose Parade but watched it on TV.
This year I changed how I boxed my decorations. In the past I always boxed things by rooms. I had a Living Room box, Kitchen box, etc. This year, I boxed according to weight and common things. For example, all my garland went in one box with each garland tagged. Surprisingly, I used two less boxes doing my new method.
Step One: Getting things ready!
You will need plastic boxes, labels, trash bags, ziploc bags, and permanent marker.
Step Two: Take Inventory
Take photos of how your rooms are decorated. This allows you to remember where everything goes. I have included some of my home photos to help me next year in decorating.
Step Three: Bringing it all together!
Bring all common items together on a table. You want everything moved to a central location so you can see all that you have. Put the heavier items to one side – these will go on the bottom of your boxes.
Step Four: Labeling!
Place wreaths in trash bags and tie up. Label the bags or place a label on it.
Step Five: Make Tags
Place paper tags on garland and items where you need to remember where they go.
Step Six: Boxing things Up!
Place the heaviest items to the bottom of the plastic tubs. Wrap fragile items in stockings or left over wrapping paper. Label the side of the boxes with the contents. Place boxes together in your garage, basement or storage area.
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