Well, it is the first week of January and you know what that means (sniff, sniff) taking down the Christmas tree 🙁 Time to disassemble the tree ornament-by-ornament, light strand-by-light strand. Don’t hate yourself next year because you stuffed it all into a Sterilite plastic tub with no rhyme or reason.
Start off by looking at your tree and deciding if you are going to keep all of your ornaments. Now is the time to purge any ornaments that you do not want anymore.
I purchased a few tubs that have wonderful cardboard inserts that keep your ornaments from touching each other. If you did not get a chance to buy one, but have your original packaging, use it until you can make your own ornament tub.
Next, take down any stringed beads or garland type material one at a time. Surely somewhere in your home you have a cardboard box that is not being used. Grab a box cutter and cut the box up following the creases. **Make sure to protect the surface you are using to cut up the box.
Tape the end of the garland onto the box as shown in the picture. Wrap the garland around the cardboard until you reach the end of the string and tape. Now it is ready to be put in a storage container.
You want to repeat the above process for the lights. Try to use the most sturdy part of the box for this. You will thank yourself next year when you do not have an unmanageable wad of lights.
Look how much space is saved by rolling up the lights and garland.
You can use your Christmas stockings to store delicate items. As show in the picture below, just slip your item inside the stocking and put in a storage container. This has saved some of my items from being chipped or broken.
The last thing I did to organize was to label each container. I put all the contents of the box on the lid so that it would be easy to locate an item at a later date.
Make sure to tape over your labels because they do not stick well to plastic. You will find them uncurling or completely off the intended container later.