Christmas in August

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!

You can see all of the boxes and newspapers in the background. I needed these!
The directions were pretty straight-forward, and, as I mentioned, the boxes and dividers were easy to put together.
Small ornaments fit very well with the inserts used, as directed.
Adjusting the inserts makes it possible to store larger ornaments.

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.

8 thoughts on “Christmas in August”

  1. Oh my gosh. Your post makes me more excited for Christmas. I love Christmas. It has a different spirit and atmosphere that is very difficult to explain.

  2. I love these containers. I even wrap my ornaments in tissue paper and then put them in these. Maybe that’s overkill, but I do an ornament garland instead of a tree so many of them I only have 1 left and don’t want them to break.

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