Simplifying while decorating for christmas

We got our christmas decorations out over the past weekend and bought our tree. This is our fourth Christmas together and we finally have just what we need in the way of decor.
Too many people have way more than they need and so it makes decorating more of a chore than it is fun. Here are some pointers for mainstreaming your Christmas storage decorations so Christmas is more MERRY!
I try to limit myself to a few boxes based on the decorating I do in my house, your list might need to be different based on your needs.
Box 1: stuff to decorate tree ( ornaments, garland, star, ribbon, flowers, etc.) One box is MORE than enough for a seven foot tree.
Box 2: greenery and lights (I put greenery over my mantle and 2 doorways) but if you are short on space maybe buying real stuff is a better idea because then you don’t have to store it (same goes for real vs fake tree)
Box 3: everything else (candles, towels, random decor items)
Box 4: christmas gift wrappings
Box 5: nativity (this could be in box 3, but ours is huge so it needs it’s own box)
If you decorate outside, set up more than one tree, use Christmas dishes, etc…. well you will need more storage space.
The key is to think through what you actually need and what you actually really love putting out/up. Not what you have to use or what you feel obligated to use ( because someone gave it to you/your kids made it/or whatever the reason might be).
This year when you are putting away your decor here is what you do:
– as you take things down seperate what you love/need from what you don’t
– bag or box up all the things you don’t love/need to be donated
– categorize the things you love (like what I listed above)
– if you don’t have boxes get some (I have an unhealthy attachment to rubbermaids- they are sturdy, protect things, and look neater than a bunch of random cardboard and bags)
– clearly label them
– put your things in the boxes and put them in storage
Now when next Christmas rolls around it will be amazingly simple to decorate tear down.
Merry Christmas!

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