I love Christmas-time. I have been known to shop for Christmas presents in October. . . maybe even earlier. I know, some people dread that time of year, but I really enjoy it.
That said – I do not enjoy how unorganized all of my Christmas decorations are! Many years of collecting, packing and re-packing, and moving have resulted in boxes of ornaments wrapped in very old newspaper, in no particular order.
I like decorating, but last year, I had such a mess going on in the living room that it put a damper on the enjoyment! We recently finished our basement (mostly) and I am finally trying to organize the unfinished, storage part of the basement. I decided to get my Christmas decorations in order.
Our tradition is to buy a new ornament whenever we go on a trip, and one with the year on it each year. After 10 years together, we have accumulated many ornaments! I already had quite a few from when I was single.
When Christmas is over, I like to leave the tree up until New Years Day. Then, I just seem to be in a mad dash to get everything put away. While I’m decorating, and unpacking, I am thinking, when I put this all away, this time, I’m going to do a better job of keeping it neat and organized. But when that time comes . . . nope. Just as messy, maybe more so, as the year before.
So, about a week ago, I decided to finally get the situation under control. I’m sure you’ve seen different ornament storage containers. It would definitely be possible to devise my own. But, I knew that was never going to happen – so I bought two. They hold up to 112 ornaments, and I could use a third, even after putting some ornaments in a box to give away. I might be a hoarder! But, in my defense, we have a 9-foot tall artificial tree, and it takes a ton of ornaments. Also, the spaces for each ornament are kind of small. Fortunately, there was a way to expand them. I did not actually fit 112 ornaments into each container. But I did fit a bunch!
I found the ornament storage units on the Bed, Bath & Beyond website. These “Real Simple Solutions” (I love that name! The simple solutions are always the best.) boxes were perfect. Easy to put together and easy to use. I have received no compensation for this post! I wish!
While it might seem strange to tackle the organization of Christmas decorations in August, somehow, with the stress of the holidays far away, it was pressure-free. I feel I am on the way to finally getting my basement organized.