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Christmas Keepsakes & Organization

When do you take your Christmas decor down? Right after Christmas? After the new year? And are you planning to do anything different to make things easier for next year?

A few years ago I overhauled all of our Christmas decoration organization. It feels so good to have a sturdy place for every item (less broken ornaments!) and makes unpacking all the things easier for decorating (I can tackle one box at a time versus searching for tree decor across multiple containers).

Here are a few items that we have really loved for organizing our Christmas decor…

  1. Wreath Storage (for front door wreath) and I LOVE these zippered storage cubes for stuffing all of our interior/exterior wreaths in. 
  2. Ornament Storage Box
  3. Tree Storage (up to 9 ft)
  4. Christmas Light Wind Up
  5. Christmas Light Organizer Box
  6. Holiday Storage Box
  7. Pull Out Ornament Storage Box
  8. Wrapping Paper Storage
  9. Ornament Storage Bin
  10. Seasonal Decor Clear Storage Bag
  11. Christmas Bags/Tissue Storage
  12. Garland/Tree Storage (another option)

Christmas Ornament Keepsake Idea

My friend Stephanie shared the sweetest story on Instagram about how her mom gifted her a collection of sentimental ornaments for her first Christmas tree after graduating college. And with each ornament, her mom had included a little note about what made it special.

Before I pack away all our ornaments I jot down the date, occasion, and any special details on an index card for the ones I want to one day gift to the kids. Even better if you can get the kids to write the date and occasion on the card so they can look back at their handwriting one day. And when they graduate from college and put up their tree, they’ll have a box of sentimental ornaments to decorate their first tree with!

I also like to use my laminator machine for extra protection to preserve the cards.

Friendly Reminder

Lastly, I wanted to remind you that if you have a recordable story book, DO NOT FORGET TO REMOVE THE BATTERIES BEFORE YOU PACK IT AWAY. A few of you messaged me and said your batteries corroded inside your book and it no longer works. If your loved one has passed away who recorded one of these for you, it may be a good idea to take a video of your kids listening to the book or save the audio somewhere else too. 

Alright, in the comments please share your tips, reminders, hacks and more for making next Christmas a little easier…

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Friday 29th of December 2023

I just bought a new wreath and it's quite fragile, so a wreath bag would be perfect.



Wednesday 27th of December 2023

What a beautiful keepsake of your Dad! Gosh, I wish we had these Christmas storage options available in South Africa - so so clever and super helpful!

Toni :0)

Wednesday 20th of December 2023

If you’ve never traveled to Frankenmuth, MI, highly recommend you visit Bronner’s store as it’s all Christmas 364 days a year and it’s an incredible experience. Merry Christmas and blessings for 2024! Thank you this wonderful little space!


Tuesday 21st of December 2021

Love this! I'm all about organizing and learning how to operate and streamline. I have started something similar to your spreadsheet, its just a note on my phone that I add or change or remind myself for all the holidays/birthday parties after we go through each one and it has really helped make it easier! Reminders like buy Cinnamon rolls for breakfast and order pjs in the beginning of November so they arrive on time, or if we found some new fun activity around town, to jot it down and gives us more to do the next year.

Toni :0)

Tuesday 21st of December 2021

Merry Christmas and Cheers to 2022! Thank you for this fun blog and hope you have a fun holiday together. I always gave my kids a new ornament from their first Christmas and then through age 20. This way once they venture out on their own, they will have enough ornaments to start their very own Christmas tree. 🎄🎁🥰