Sunday, January 11, 2015

Packing Up Christmas

Although it seems like the Holidays sped by faster this year than ever before, and I was about a week late in getting all of my decorating complete, I am pretty relieved to have everything taken down, packed up, and back to normal. Of course the entire time I'm thinking of how I can change things around next year-where to put the green tinsel trees I've not ever even used yet, where to hang the winter berry garland, what colors to use in the dining room, on and on.

For now I'm happy to look forward to Spring and Easter, which is my second (a very close second) favorite holiday. Decorations are already in the planning stage.

The naked tree with his branches all bent up.
The ornaments from the silver tinsel tree are each individually wrapped in bubble wrap and placed securely in a plastic tote.

The tree itself, and the base, are wrapped in plastic to keep them free of dust while in storage.

The glass balls used all over are layered in totes between more bubble wrap.

Almost like lasagna. I've never lost a single ornament storing them this way. In fact, I usually only lose ornaments by dropping them. I can be a real klutz.

The glass bird clips, old Martha Stewart Everyday ornaments, are individually wrapped in tissue and stored together in a box that is then placed in the tote.

I have dozens and dozens of little acorn and nut ornaments. They are all stored in paper bags.

And then tucked together in the totes.

The glittered moose each were wrapped in a bubble wrap bag.

Even though he's just a styrofoam ball and some pipe cleaners, all of my little vintage decorations made by my grandma or great aunts deserve extra protection.

Same with the old vintage ornaments I find. They get some extra protection with bubble wrap and a secure box inside the tote.

I love my old mercury glass reindeer.

Tucked safely in the box, they will be safe until next year!

Somehow everything fits in five totes (there are two not shown) and one box. The box holds the creche. Nothing is overpacked, but packed securely enough that they don't shift around. The gold tinsel trees and the little feather trees all have their own boxes. I've already moved around all of the jadeite and put the Christmas plates away, although the jadeite might make another appearance around Easter.

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