General December 1, 2022

7 Organization Tips for Your Holiday Gear and Decorations

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Storage tips that’ll make packing up jollier.

organized holiday decor lights and ornaments in clear storage bins with blurred christmas tree in background
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Cut back on the holiday overwhelm with these organization ideas for your festive gear.

#1 Make a Holiday Closet


Under stairs holiday closet with sign: Welcome to North Pole

If your closet is unfinished, use the space between the wall studs to store hanging items. They work like little cubby holes to maximize storage space.

#2 Use Clear Bins


Large, clear plastic tubs full of Christmas decorations
Image: iHeart Organizing

Square bins make better use of the space than tall or odd-shaped ones. Measure your storage area so you buy exactly the right size and number of bins to maximize the space.

#3 Organize With an Inventory App


Gray boxes labeled "Christmas decorations" with QR code
Image: Micco Caporale for HouseLogic

Just photograph and tag your things as you put them in a bin. The app will assign a QR code that you print and attach to the bin. When you go looking for your vintage 1940s ornaments, scan the label, and the app will show you a list of every item in the box.

Just be sure to back up your data on another device so you don’t lose the menorah if you lose your phone.

#4 Hang Your Wreaths


Assorted holiday wreaths hanging on closet rod
Image: Laura Destro for Life Storage Blog

Nothing takes the holly jolly out of the holiday like crushed wreaths. If you put them in a bin or on lay them on a shelf, they may not survive till next season. Instead, hang them from a clothing rod in a closet. You can use pot hanger hooks to suspend them or make your own.

You don’t need to dedicate an entire closet to wreaths. Just add a second bar to a coat closet.

#5 Equip a Baking Cart

Holidays mean baking, and baking means lugging the stand mixer, the cookie cutters, and the jars of glittery sprinkles out of the cabinets for every sweet batch.

Instead, put your supplies in one place, on a rolling baking cart. Store it in your pantry or in a corner, and roll it out when you’re ready to bake. Best of all, you can use it year round, not just at the holidays.

#6 Wrap It Up With a Wrapping Station


Wrapping paper tubes corralled against a wall in a closet
Image: RíOrganize

#7 Corral the Coats


Entry way filled with coats and shoes decorated for holidays
Image: Brittany Bailey,

Related: 7 Tips for a Perfect Holiday Home for Not-So-Perfect People

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Leanne Pottsis an Atlanta-based journalist and serial home remodeler. She’s tackled five fixer-uppers and is working on a sixth. She’s written about everything from forest fires to dog-friendly decor and spent a decade leading the digital staff of HGTV.