Tackle It Tuesday: Organizing Christmas Decorations

by Jennifer Banks

This week I could have written about a million things, I swear I have had a week full of getting things done. But since so many of us are in the same boat, I figured that sharing how I organized our Christmas decorations would come in handy for many.

I have always been the type to set up Christmas early, and tear it down on Boxing Day. But this year I was late to the game, on both ends. I didn’t put our tree up until mid-December, and it was almost New Years before it came down. Usually, when the time comes to put away the holidays, I am so done with it that I just throw everything in a box and hide it away until next year. This year I decided to take my mothers advice, and put it away properly.


So off to the store I went in search of large totes and shoe boxes… At least I gave me a reason to hit those sales! Every big box store had storage containers on for very good prices! With four large totes in hand, it set out to tear everything down. Tree decorations separated into smaller containers, then all placed neatly into a large tote. Strings of garland and lights all individually wrapped, then stored in another.

It really doesn’t take that much longer to do something properly, and I’m thrilled that come Christmas time next winter, everything will be much easier to find.

Note to self… listen to mom, she knows what she’s talking about.

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Though I was born Jennifer, please don't call me that. It makes me feel like I am in trouble. Just call me Jen. Or @Jen_Banks if you are looking for me on Twitter. I am the mother of two insanely loud and active boys - 7 and 2.5 - who keep me hopping from morning 'til night. For nearly five years I've written at my blog, A Busy Mommy, about my life as a mom, milestones for my boys, and everything else in between. You can also find my posts on FisherPricePlay.ca, and I have recently taken on the Tackle It Tuesday column for 5MinutesforMom.com.

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1 Barb January 8, 2013 at 9:25 am

It’s so easy to put the Christmas decorations up and so tedious to take them back down again!

I’m tackling my 2013 vegetable garden planning this month. Dh and I are cutting back on what we plant. In the meantime, I’m digging through ideas to decide how to organize the garden.

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2 Erica January 8, 2013 at 9:27 am

I love your ideas. I get sad when I have to take the decorations down, everything looks so bare again.
I made some winter lotion from a pin I found on Pinterest. My skin loves me again!

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3 Raki (OutsideTheBoxMom) January 8, 2013 at 12:05 pm

My 3 year old daughter was definitely sad to see the Christmas tree get taken to the curb and all the decorations be put away. We also use large plastic totes to store all of our Christmas decor. Although, I need to put some labels and a list on the outside of each box detailing the contents, because I found an extra tote a couple of days before Christmas with things I hadn’t remembered I had.

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