Organizing hacks for your holiday decor

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – “Undoing” Christmas is a lot less fun than decorating. But, taking time to organize your holiday decor now will make for a more pleasant decorating experience next holiday season. Professional organizer Sarah Doering of Simplicity Organizing Solutions provides this list of cost-effective organizing suggestions:


  • Wrap lights around your forearm and secure them with a twist tie.

Artificial Christmas trees

  • Doering recommends placing it back in to its original box. If you’re having trouble fitting it back in, invest in a couple of ratchet straps from your local hardware store and use them to cinch the tree until it’s small enough to comfortably fit back into the box.
  • If you haven’t saved your box, use the cinching method, then wrap the tree in an old sheet before storing it in your garage or attic.
  • Rather than tossing out a tree you don’t plan on using again, consider donating it.
  • For trees with failing lights, consider cutting those sections of lights off (after unplugging the tree, of course), and adding a new strand of lights next year.

Ornaments and small decor

  • Doering suggests categorizing ornaments and small decor by room.
  • Wrap each item in a paper towel to keep them separated rather than investing in expensive ornament storage boxes.
  • It’s not necessary to keep the original boxes for ornaments, unless they’re collectibles. Those boxes, explains Doering, take up space.
  • Inexpensive containers for storing ornament hooks can be purchased at local dollar stores.
  • Purchase inexpensive 18-gallon tubs and assign one tub per room.
  • Labeling is key! Doering says label makers are great, but if you’re storing tubs in a garage, attic or outside shed, the stickers won’t hold up well in heat. She suggests using chalkboard stickers with a chalk ink pen (available on Or, for the most cost-effective method, use good-old tape and a Sharpie.


  • There’s no need to purchase wreath boxes!
  • Extended wall hooks from a hardware store can easily hold two or three wreaths at a time.
  • Those hooks can also be a useful way to store garland. Use the same wrapping technique mentioned for lights and loop the garland over the hooks.
  • Utilize the upper portion of your garage and mount hooks as high as you can.

Other suggestions

  • For in-home storage, consider utilizing the space under beds or cabinets that are inconvenient to reach on a daily basis, such as the space above your refrigerator.
  • If you have decorations you didn’t use this year, consider donating those items or throwing them away.

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