How is everyone doing, getting ready for Christmas?  😉  What, you mean you haven’t done anything else yet?  Have you thought about your Christmas decorations yet?  Handy Man calls me the “Christmas Freak” (hmmm, that dosn’t sound too nice) since I like to start decorating pretty much the weekend of Thanksgiving.  Hey, a Crafty Girl likes a lot of Christmas decorations, and it can take a lot of time to get them set up!

Over the years, I’ve used all sorts of ways to store our Christmas decorations.  We have: lights, tons of ornaments, Christmas dolls, figurines, wall decor, wreaths, etc etc.   Several years ago, we bought these containers to hold everything…I believe we bought them at Home Depot, but I can’t really remember now.  You can usually find these red and green containers right around this tme of year.  I found some on the Lowe’s site though, for between $4.48 and $6.47 each.

Here are my 10 (!!) containers of Christas ornaments.  Hey, didn’t I tell you that Handy Man called me the “Christmas Freak?”  The roll bubble wrap on top was purchased to help cushion the cute ceramic Christmas trees we bought this summer.

Two years ago, I got even MORE crazy and went through my decorations to organize them.  I pulled some stuff out that was getting old and ratty to toss; and I donated a few things that were still good.  I made more room in my boxes, and I organized everything inside the containers in a better way.

It used to take me forever to put the ornaments and decorations back into the storage boxes…so I figured out the best way to store them, and then labeled each container with labels that I just made in Word and taped on with packing tape.  This made SUCH a difference!  Now its so much quicker to put away all the ornaments and decor, which is the part I used to dread, since I had so much!  All the storage containers fit nicely onto these shelves in Handy Man’s man-cave, the basement.  You could also stack these boxes up, and they have nice handles and are easy to carry.  They are great for keeping out moisture and dust (notice the dusty lids, ewww).

Isn’t that nice and purty?  The bottom row has three storage boxes for “Fall and Halloween” stuff.  No one could accuse me of being a Halloween Freak, that’s for sure.

How do you store your Christmas decorations?