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S.O.S: Organizing Tips for Today’s Busy Mom: Simple Tips for Packing Up Christmas

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For the past week whenever I walked past my Christmas tree or the fireplace mantle or the festively decorated dining room, I inwardly cringed. The “it’s-time-to-put-Christmas-away” internal alarm has gone from a gentle hum to deafening beep-beep-beep that can no longer be ignored. (I guess I hit snooze one too many times this Christmas season.)
Putting away Christmas can be extremely frustrating, especially if you aren’t organized.

Organizing Tips to Help Store Your Holiday Treasures

1. Christmas Lights and garland. When storing lights and garland, it is important that they remain untangled. Using a storage container designed specifically for storing Christmas lights, such as the Whitmor Christmas Light storage container, helps to keep your Christmas lights protected and clean until you need them for the next Christmas season. If you don’t have storage devoted to lights or garland, you can still store them neatly with items you probably have around your house.

Try one of the following storage methods.

Tip: Store Christmas items in clear, plastic containers. It takes the guesswork out of what is in each box.

2. Ornament storage. Use a container like the Holiday 64 Compartment Cube Ornament Organizer [4] that is designed with multiple layers and surround each ornament with tissue paper to prevent movement. If you don’t have an ornament storage container, you can use one of the following ideas to organize and store your Christmas ornaments for next year.

Tip: If you run out of tissue paper, consider using coffee filters to wrap your ornaments.

These are just a few cost-effective ways to store your Christmas lights, garlands, and ornaments. Be sure to check out the next article that will discuss storing wreaths, wrapping paper, holiday villages/snow globes, and miscellaneous items.