But I do have some tips for packing away those Christmas decorations, so that you’ll make your life so much easier when you get ready for NEXT Christmas.
1. Purge | This should probably go without saying, but if you are holding on to any decorations, gift wrap, ornaments, etc that you can get rid of, do it! Dig through those boxes and bins, before they get repacked. Anything you didn’t end up using this year to decorate, get rid of it.
2. Stock Up | A little late now, but take advantage of the post-Christmas sales to stock up on wrapping paper, tissue, bags, Christmas cards, or other decor items. Save now, and skip stress later. I scored 3 rolls of wrapping paper, in my color scheme, at Target for only $0.39 a piece! Cheaper than my $1 wrapping paper from Dollar Tree.
3. Write a Note to Yourself | Call it a time capsule, or call it smart. But this tip has saved me for several years. When my sister and I were younger, we used to write a note for ourselves in the future and tuck it in the tree decorations box, just for fun. THIS year, I wrote myself a note to remind myself that our pre-lit Christmas tree is no longer wonderfully pre-lit.
To make Future Katie smile, I decided to write it on the back of this year’s Christmas card picture, so I can see little 2014 Elizabeth, and remember all the fun we had this year.
4. Take Pictures | If there was anything you thought looked particularly nice (like my DIY outdoor tomato cage tree!), snap a picture of your decorations before taking it down, so you can replicate it next year.
5. Start a Pinterest Board | Keep it secret or private, but try to have a Pinterest board full of good ideas to try next year, or ideas that worked this year. And actually refer to it next year! (I’m guilty of doing this ALL THE TIME! But not next year!) This year, I felt like I wasn’t prepared for fun activities my toddler could do, so my Pinterest Christmas board is all about toddler-friendly fun!
6. Pack Up Smart | Group like things together, like decorations from one room, or everything you need for the Christmas tree. Whatever works best for you. But it will make it MUCH easier to find what you need.
7. Keep It All Together | If you have the space, try to keep all of your Christmas decorations together in one spot in your home. When it comes time to setting up next year, you only have to hunt for decor items in one spot! Sounds simple, but I’ve definitely stuck random things in random spots (like table linens) and completely forgot I had them until… after Christmas.
Many of these tips are probably common sense, but each year I forget at least one of these myself. And while you are probably super speedy and have all your Christmas decorations put away, pin this to your Pinterest board and refer to it next year 😉