Today is LET’S LOOK!
If you don’t know what this is, once a month, Erika and I do a little link up where we “look” at different aspects of our lives (and then if you blog, you share and link up too!). It’s often a random little assortment of topics.
In January, we looked at our coffee bar areas.
In February, we looked at our love languages.
In March, we looked at a perfect night in.
In April, we looked at our fridge and pantry.
In May, we looked at our outdoor organization.
In June, we looked at our summer bucket list.
In July, we looked at our bathroom organization.
In August, we looked at our phone, apps & such.
In September, we looked at meal planning.
And today, we’re looking at our HOLIDAY DECOR STORAGE!
So, I just sat down to work on this post and am super annoyed with myself.
Why didn’t I take pictures of us taking down our Halloween/fall decorations out of the attic for this post?!
That would have been super helpful!
So, I don’t have a lot of pictures, but I do have some info on how we store our holiday decorations. I am also VERY OPEN TO YOUR SUGGESTIONS TOO! If you have some, please, please, please comment and share!
Okay, we basically only decorate for fall/Halloween and Christmas. I will add a few little touches for some of the other holidays (Valentine’s, Easter, July 4th), but really and truly, we don’t consider that decorating. When it comes to Halloween and Christmas though? We LOVE decorating, do it big and do it early.
Now, some of the most common questions I get each year are:
1. WHERE DO YOU STORE ALL OF THIS? In plastic bins in my attic. Nothing fancy, just big bins. Andrew hauls them up and down the attic ladder each year. (More on that below!)
2. WHEN DO YOU DECORATE/TAKE DOWN? This year, I decorated on September 1st and then we will take it all down and put up Christmas on November 1st. Yes, I know that’s early, but it’s so much work and we love it so much, that we do it early.
3. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE YOU TO PUT IT OUT? For our fall decorations, a few hours! I always do it one day while the kids are in school. For our Christmas decorations, it takes Andrew and me about a day and a half. It’s the only day during the year that I ask him to please take off work. He is always such a good sport about it.
4. WHERE DID YOU BUY____? I’ve had all of my holiday decor for years and years! Some of it, over 17 years! I would say that my go-to places for holiday decorations outside of specialty stores are Pottery Barn and Hobby Lobby. My friends Amanda and Amy make all of my holiday signs that you’ll see and then my friend Lori decorates all of the plates and platters with my kids’ hand prints on them.
So, this year, I pulled out all of my fall goodies on August 31st so that they were down and ready for me to use on September 1st. And by “I pulled out all of my fall goodies” what I really mean is Andrew pulled them down from the attic and I stood at the bottom of the attic stairs getting them from him. He does like 99% of the work 😉 .
Here’s how I store our fall things:
1: All of the custom plates with the kids’ handprints are stored in the house in a cabinet so they’re nice and secure.
2: All of the seasonal pillows are stored…
…in those cabinets there on either side of the fireplace. For many of the pillows, I just swap out the pillow cases (and not the bulky pillow), so they’re much easier to store. These cabinets also hold the Christmas pillows/pillow covers too. Random spot, but it works 🙂 .
3: For all of the smaller accessories, I wrap them up in tissue paper and place them in big plastic bins where I very clearly mark on the bin what room the box goes in and what’s inside.
4: For my larger signs that I display around the house, Andrew stacks them in the attic not in any sort of box, just stacked. Which leads me to…
5: We have an upstairs attic space where Andrew stacks and stores all of the fall/Halloween bins.
I feel like you really need to get into the spirit of things, so I always get up, get dressed and get a #psl to make my fall decorating day more fun. I also always light fall scented candles and turn on Steve Tyrell Radio on Pandora. Everything about that routine makes me excited about decorating.
You can see our house all decorated for fall this year HERE.
Now, what about Christmas?
Well, this year, we’re actually trying something new…
…a few years ago, we decided to start decorating our house for Christmas on November 1st…
Andrew and I decided that we love our Christmas decorations so much, and it’s so much work to put it up that we would just go ahead and enjoy them immediately after Halloween.
I know what you’re thinking…BUT…
…so it works well 🙂 .
So, up until this year, we were storing our Christmas decorations exactly as we were the fall/Halloween decorations…
…same routine, different holiday.
But last year…
…as I was standing at the bottom of the attic stairs awaiting Andrew to pass me down approximately 400 bins…
…and then I toss them on the garage floor as I hand him back fall bins, I had an idea. Or maybe he did? I don’t remember exactly who said it first, but it was during this time that our house was under construction (you remember those lovely 9 months, right?!), and we had a storage unit for our belongings while the house was being gutted, so we decided maybe after Christmas 2020, we would store our holiday decorations in the storage unit (not fall, just Christmas) so that we didn’t have to…
…completely dismantle our 14 foot Christmas tree.
For years, we would have to take off all of the ornaments, many of the lights and break it into sections and then hoist it up into the attic. This year, when we took down the decor, instead of completely dismantling everything, we carefully placed it on Andrew’s trailer and took it to our storage unit (that still had furniture in it, but we made room). So, this year, we’ll see what we think. Maybe this is going to be much easier and our tree will be less damaged by the wear and tear…or maybe not. We’ll see.
So, that’s how we store our decor 🙂 .
I’ve shared this before too but it’s worth repeating…
…not only do I write out the room and decor on all of my bins (this pic is from 2019), but I also write notes to myself on there too. Each year as I pack up my decorations, I always pray over my friends and family and write notes on my bins because you just don’t know what life will look like the following year when you pull the decorations down. The first notes I have go all the way back to 2008, and since then, both Andrew and I do this as we pack up.
That’s it for Let’s Look this month!
If you blogged today too, please link up at the bottom of this post. Also, if you have ideas for storing decorations, please comment!
…can you believe that we’ll be looking at our Thanksgiving menu?! Where has this year gone?!
See you tomorrow, friends! xo