10 Tips & Ideas For Organizing Holiday Decor

Fall and Halloween decor put away

The ending and starting of a new season means that is time to swap out a lot of things around the house. From food to clothing to tools and decor, it is time to collect and store a few of those seasonal elements and bring out and display a good bunch of others. 

This post is all about collecting and storing all the seasonal decor, and since I already went through it, I'm sharing with you some simple tips and ideas that you might find helpful for when you get to go through this task.

Taking down and organizing the Fall/Halloween decor was the job I was doing on
November first.
Not having to host Thanksgiving meant I could go ahead and pack everything up.

If you still have some Fall decor out there, don't worry, this goes fast and you're going to end with a clean canvas to start on your holiday decor!

This is a blurry sight of my family room which was the room I designated to organize all my Fall stash.
And yes, November first was the day I designated for this task because really, who wants to see Halloween decor in November? 😫
This brings me to the very first tip:

1. ORGANIZE YOU HOLIDAY DECOR THE DAY YOU'RE TAKING IT OFF

Once you decide to bring down all those decorations, you should also set time aside to organize not only the items you're taking off, but also the ones you didn't use.
I went all around the house... bedrooms, kitchen, living room, outdoors, even the bathrooms... picking up pumpkins, leaves, birds, bats... everything Fall.

2. GROUP THE DECOR BY CATEGORIES

Use one room to work on this project. There, as you bring the decor you're taking off, make small piles of look alike items... soft pumpkins, big pumpkins, leaves, signs, costumes, etc.
Don't forget to also sort the stuff you didn't use this year! Get it out of those boxes and check what's in there. I was surprised to find some of the costumes my kids used when they were little! 🤪

3. GO THROUGH EACH PILE DOING A THREE WAY SORTING:  DAMAGE - DONATE - KEEP

Yes, you're going to find items you didn't even know you had there! You're also going to notice all the stuff you  haven't used in years.
This picture below, is the stuff I had there, that I don't think on using anymore, so of course all that went to the donation center.

Get rid of stuff that's damaged beyond repair.
Donate seasonal decor that's in good share, but you don't want to use anymore

4. USE CLEAR PLASTIC BAGS AND STACKABLE CONTAINERS

Small groupings of holiday decorations can be neatly organized in Ziplock plastic bags.
Do NOT use bags where you cannot see what's inside!
using clear Ziplock bags to store seasonal decor
Don't over-stuff those bags, try to keep them the flattest you can.
Using Ziplock bags to store seasonal decor
For bigger groupings of holiday decor use stackable plastic containers. Again, use clear plastic containers, it's important for you to be able to see what's in each container without having to open it.

5. STORE YOUR PAPER GOODS 

I like paper good decorations because they make good visual impact when in use and they don't take much storage space when it's time to save them for next year.

All those wall / window cling decorations can be used for many years when properly stored.
I attach the sticky figures onto both sides of plastic sheet protectors.
Fall and Halloween decor put away

I save regular paper decor inside a Ziplock bag and then everything is placed inside a file folder.

6. ADD LABELS

Even though, you're using clear plastic bags and containers, sometimes those items we're storing don't make any sense when you're looking at them from the outside, specially a year after you stored them! 
Write down what's that thing you have in there!

7. FIND A GOOD STORING SPOT IN YOUR HOME 

Designate a spot in your home where to store this stash of holiday decor. If you have a basement, that's a good spot for holiday decor that's usually used once a year.

I have to warn you about using a big cardboard box to store seasonal decor: That really sucks!!
The items at the bottom of the box are buried for life. Don't do it!
My recommendation is for you to use a shelf.
I ditched that box and brought most of the decor here to that base cabinet in my family room:

8. STORE EVERYTHING WITH GOOD ACCESSIBILITY

You took the time to sort your decor and place it nicely in bags. Well, bags don't really have a nice structure to them and in no time they're going to be sagging in the bottom of the cabinet. You can use another plastic container to organize them, but a simple cardboard box would do the trick too.
How to store Fall decor

9. OUT OF SIGHT OUT OF MIND

This is so true. Yes, try to keep everything within one layer, no storing on the back of containers or boxes.
Fall and Halloween decor put away

10. FIND CREATIVE WAYS TO STORE THOSE BIG DECOR ITEMS

Corralling those big pumpkins inside this mesh have worked nicely for me. They don't take needed space hanging there from the ceiling joists in the basement.  And since I always use pumpkins in my decor there's no way I'm not going to forget using them.
seasonal decor - pumpkins stored in basement

Well, this is how this base cabinet looks now, storing almost all of my Fall decor. I was also able to bring in those rustic placemats that I almost always use during Fall.
Fall and Halloween decor put away

And hey, since I was in a big organization mode... Some of the items I took out of that base cabinet were brought in here to this top cabinet, but of course I had to re-organized everything.
how to organize seasonal decor

I hope you have this tips in mind when ready to change your holiday decor!  Any other tips you want to pitch in? Tell me in the comment section below.
fall and Halloween decor put away


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