I got a later start than usual this year when it came to putting away all of the Christmas decor but I am proud to say that it is all now tightly packed away until next November.
I was feeling pretty smug about packing away those six trees, countless ornaments, candles, garlands and wreaths until I happened to see
on HGTV this past Sunday.
It will air again on February 22, 2013 if you missed it.
The home is over 56,000 square feet with an additional 17,000 square feet of storage.
Candy Spelling, whose husband died several years ago, finally decided to sell the home and listed it for $150,000,000.00
With a home theater sporting a 60 foot screen, fourteen bedrooms, twenty some bathrooms, a bowling alley, barber shop, doll museum and multiple gift wrapping rooms this is one jaw dropping residence. The kicker was that when the home finally sold for a mere $85,000,000.00 Candy had only thirty days to move out! I can't even begin to imagine that.
Whatever you may have heard or think about Candy Spelling I have to give her props for being one organized woman. In fact, one of the things I most enjoyed about the show was seeing the way she stored her holiday decor.
She has her own logging system for keeping track of where each item goes. With that many rooms you would have to have some sort of system. For example E 23 would be Easter room 23. Not rocket science but simple and simple works.
Obviously, I don't even have anywhere near that many rooms or that much to pack away but her approach made sense to me and is very similar to what I like to do.
Some people pack away their decor by classification; lights together, candles together, Santas together. Me, I like to pack it away by room.
I start by bringing up an empty tub and my tub of choice is a clear tub by Sterilite that allows me to see inside and with ergonomically designed hinged handles that lock securely but are easy to open.
Having most of the tubs in the same size allows them to be stacked easily and have a clean uniform appearance that I seem to be obsessed with.
As I load each box I label it with the room the contents came from so that next year I can carry it back to that same room and easily unload it. If there are multiple boxes for a room I will label them 1, 2, 3 in the order they should be unpacked.
I often times like to move things around from year to year but at least this is a good start to my decorating.
I feel like I have edited a lot of my Christmas decor in an effort to simplify my life but somehow I seem to always be adding in new at the same time. I live in an old house and there is very little storage on our main floor. As a result things are in the attic, the storage room, and there is even more at our Galena home. It can be rather confusing.
So, in an effort be even better organized for next year I found these great printable decor storage inventory sheets via
This may well be my favorite new site for organizing.
They actually offer a multitude of useful printouts such as shopping lists, catalog/Internet tracking forms, gift planning worksheets and many many more. This is a site you will definitely want to bookmark or pin onto Pinterest.
A little planning and thought now will make it so much easier next November, at least that is what I'm hoping for but I think what I really need is a team of elves.