Holiday Decorations

With some of the major holidays of the year around the corner, it’s time to get out the holiday decorations. What do you do with all of them? How many do you have? Are they all in good shape? As I pull them out each season / each year, I go back to my 15 minute rule. Go through them and make sure everything still looks good, works, is safe, etc. Anything that isn’t and can’t be fixed, get rid of. Anything that you don’t love or aren’t happy to display, get rid of.

To keep them organized during the off season, I have a series of matching tupperware bins — all the same style and size. I started out with one for Winter / Spring, one for Summer / Fall, and one for Christmas. As I allowed myself a few more decorations, I added one more bin for Christmas. I’m sure others have many more decorations but they can still be kept organized by following the suggestions above if you feel like your decorations are taking over your attic / garage / basement / etc.

Several online sites have suggestions for how to store your decorations. Real Simple and Dr. DeClutter give some tips that I’ve done for years. One that my mom taught me: use cardboard separators (like you’d get from a wine store) and use the left over tissue paper from gift giving and wrap delicate decorations and place in between the cardboard separators. This is most useful for Christmas ornaments but it can be used for little Halloween candles or Thanksgiving figurines.

What do you do with all of your holiday decorations? How often do you get rid of old ones? Any new tips?


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