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Things I Wish I Knew Before Taking Down Holiday Decor
I’m going to be honest, I used to dread taking down holiday decor. It’s so exciting to put it all up, but once the holidays are over, it feels kinda sad. Plus, it always feels like it takes longer to put away than it does to get out. Why is that?! Anyways, a few years ago we started changing the way we take down our Christmas decor so the whole process is now FUN and ORGANIZED and something I actually look forward to! Do you have a tradition when it comes to taking down your holiday decor?
3 Things I Wish I Knew Before Taking Down Holiday Decor
1. Make the Process Lots of Fun
It’s not going to be any fun to take down holiday decor if you don’t set the mood, people! I find that if you make it feel like a party, it’s going to be something you look forward to. So crank the tunes, make an appetizer dinner (or maybe my chili!), get some good cocktails or mocktails goin’, get the family involved, and get to un-decorating!
2. Start Fresh with a New Design
Once I put up my Christmas decor each year, I more or less say “goodbye” to whatever design iteration my home was before. Because we all know how it goes: you take down your holiday decor and suddenly your house looks empty and weird. Never fails! So I like to take down the tree and everything else and then look at my home as a clean slate for a new design direction. I’m not saying to redesign your whole house (that’s not realistic!), but see where you can maybe bring in a new color, or swap around some art or pieces that were previously somewhere else in the home. The New Year is a great excuse to bring some new energy into your space!
3. Make an Organization Plan
The worst thing you can do when taking down holiday decor is just throw it into a box without much thought or consideration. Sure, it may seem like a decent idea at the time when you really don’t feel like organizing all of it, but next year when you go to dig out your decor, it will be a nightmare trying to make sense of everything. And nightmares aren’t very festive! A few years ago I took some time to buy some proper storage bins for my ornaments, gift wrap, and yes, Brett’s epic nutcracker collection. Now I know where everything goes each time I pack it all away, and it takes a fraction of the time it took us before!
A few tips…
- If you have more than one tree you decorate, get designated ornament storage for each tree so you don’t have to sort through all of your ornaments when you go to trim the trees next year.
- Save your gift wrap! If you have extra paper rolls (or tags or ribbon) from this year, put them away with your holiday decor. You’ll be glad you did!
- If you have the storage space for it, consider some rolling storage solutions! It makes decorating a breeze when you can just roll everything around the house.