Organizing Decorations

Whether you decorate for every holiday or not, chances are there are still items that get stored in your home for yearly holiday use. Easter has baskets that get pulled out and you are no doubt the proud (or not-so-proud) owner of more than enough plastic eggs. Halloween means costumes even if you don’t put out a single piece of décor. Christmas means a plethora of festive pieces all over the house or, at the very least, ornaments for the tree. These items have a tendency to get shoved in a closet or in the basement until the next time the holiday comes around and you’re frantically searching for where they are buried. Make your life so much easier you next holiday by organizing decorations now.

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Taking the time for organizing decorations now will help ease the stress of the holidays for you when they come around. These tips will help you do it!

Step 1

Find all of your decorations. If you haven’t previously had any sort of organizational system for your holiday décor this could be a time investment up front. Take the time to do the mad dash now and pull out everything you use during the holidays.

Step 2

Determine where the decorations will be stored. This can be a closet, the attic, the garage… wherever works for your home and space. We keep all of our holiday decorations under the basement steps which allows us a generous amount of storage. If you don’t have that kind of space, you want to determine where you can reasonably store the items.

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Step 3

Once you have determined where you’ll store the items, take a hard look at the space you have versus the decorations you own. If you plan to fit all of it in a closet, chances are that you need to purge some items. We use large storage containers but you may only be able to use small storage boxes.


Taking the time for organizing decorations now will help ease the stress of the holidays for you when they come around. These tips will help you do it!

Step 4

This can be a difficult step for many people, but it is important to keep only what will fit in your designated containers. Keep in mind that the containers do not need to be all the same size. If you really dig Halloween, don’t be afraid to make that container larger than the others to accommodate your favorite décor items. Cut items from the holidays that aren’t as big of a decorating deal for your family. To give you some examples, here is a breakdown of the major holidays and décor items:

New Years

  • All you really need (a term I’m using loosely here) in this container are the funny hats and noise makers. If you do have this décor, this would be the first one to cut if you are low on space.

Valentine’s Day 

  • The average family typically only has a wreath and possibly a garden flag for this holiday. If that is the case for you, consider combining in a container with other holidays that only consist of similar décor items.

Saint Patrick’s Day

  • The same goes for this holiday as with Valentine’s Day. If you have any decorations at all, it may only consist of a wreath and some beads. This is another great holiday to combine.


  • You may have a ton of Easter décor but that gives you the opportunity to really pare down what you need to store. Keep only enough baskets for your family. Ditch the grass and use sheets of tissue paper instead. Not only is it easy to reuse, it takes almost no space to store. Also, get rid of the excess plastic eggs. Keep only what you need for an egg hunt or to go in baskets. Also, once you have them organized you will know exactly what you have instead of running out to buy more.

Independence Day

  • This is another holiday that you may not have much décor for. While, being a military family, I could never advocate getting rid of your flag you can absolutely place it with your décor from other holidays. You could also fly it year-round. If you have items that you pull out for a 4th of July barbeque each year, store those with your party supplies which I’ll show you how to organize later in the series.


  • Regardless of how much actual décor you have for Halloween, I definitely recommend having a container to store costumes in addition to a container for décor. If you would like, the costumes can be stored with kids’ toys for play throughout the year. Just be sure you have a clear storage solution for them before deciding to keep them.


  • Your Thanksgiving décor may consist of a lot of table décor if you host dinner each holiday. If it does, try using your regular dishes and a plain, solid colored tablecloth that can be used for many different occasions. Ditch the centerpieces you’re storing and opt for a couple of vases filled with pinecones from outside during your holiday dinner each year. If you do these things, it will eliminate the need for a Thanksgiving storage container altogether.


  • We have a ton of decorations for Christmas (which I am currently in the process of purging) but we also have the space for 3 giant plastic tote boxes to store them all. If you don’t have that kind of space it is time to cut down your decorations. Essentially, you can get by with only ornaments, stockings, and a wreath. These won’t take up a lot of space and will likely be able to fit in one box.

Step 5

Once you’ve decided what to keep and where to store it, place the items you are keeping into your containers and label them. Now stack into their designated area until you need them.


Taking the time for organizing decorations now will help ease the stress of the holidays for you when they come around. These tips will help you do it!

Taking the time to organize your decorations will help ease the stress of the holidays for you when they come around. It is also important to remember your system and your available space when receiving gifts that are holiday décor items. Know that it is perfectly acceptable to put the word out to friends and family that you would appreciate them refraining from giving you holiday décor until you have a larger space in which to store it. They have all been there before and they will understand. Now keep the organizational momentum going with A to Z organization.

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