Christmas is a magical time of year. Your house is decorated with twinkling lights and tinsel, you’re surrounded by your loved ones, and you get to make memories that you’ll cherish for years to come. So, when the festive period comes to an end, you’re bound to be disappointed. That’s why we’ve come up with some fantastic organisational tips to make your post-Christmas clean-up a little bit easier. Be sure to thank us later!
Make Christmas light storage reels out of cardboard
Decorating your home in the lead-up to Christmas can be very exciting but, if you didn’t take care when packing everything away last year, there is one aspect that can take a lot of the fun out of it: having to untangle bundles of fairy lights. Sure, they look lovely once they’re wrapped around your tree, but getting to that point can be incredibly frustrating, so ensure that you have a much easier time next year by making some simple Christmas light storage reels out of cardboard.
To do this, cut a cardboard box into pieces that are about a foot wide, and long enough for you to wrap an entire string of lights around them. Once you have enough pieces, wind your lights around them and consider wrapping them in bubble wrap or newspaper to protect them before storing.
Store leftovers in airtight containers
For a lot of us, Christmas dinner is the best meal of the year, so you’ll likely want to make it last. To ensure your leftovers stay fresh for as long as possible, store them in airtight containers. It’s important to note that very element — from the turkey to the potatoes — will keep for a set amount of time, so make sure you keep track of when things need to be eaten by.
Still Tasty has a fantastic guide to Christmas leftovers, which tells you exactly how long your turkey and vegetables will last. Follow the advice set out in this resource, and your leftovers should be safe to eat for Boxing Day and beyond.
Pack fragile decorations into specially-designed containers
If you want fragile decorations like baubles to last, you need to treat them with care. The easiest way to prevent them from getting damaged is by packing them in specially designed containers.
Plastic Box Shop has a range of Christmas decoration storage boxes that are perfect for this.
Label all of your decoration boxes
How many times have you had to rifle through boxes in your cellar or attic, looking for the Christmas decorations you know you put there? Make life easier for next year by labelling all of your boxes properly this time around.
Put a label on every side of each box so, however they’re stored, you can tell exactly what’s in them. Better Homes and Gardens has a range of printable storage label templates that are ideal for this. Also, if your Christmas decorations are going to be stored alongside a lot of other boxes, consider buying some festive containers that stand out from the rest.
Don’t forget your wrapping materials
Do you throw out leftover gift-wrapping supplies once the Christmas period comes to an end, only to buy lots more the very next year? Make this a thing of the past by devising a storage solution for your wrapping paper, bows and ribbons. From using a shower caddy to repurposing an old tool box, there are so many ways you can do this, so get creative!
With our tips, winding down after Christmas shouldn’t be too much of a chore. Plus, putting your decorations up next year will be a whole lot easier. You’ll be glad you made these simple changes, so get started now!
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