One of the saddest days of the year is the day I take down the decorations. Without fail, I look at the living room thinking, "That corner could use something tall in it. Maybe something with lights!" It's just so sad! I move my decorations over to winter from there, which I do not overlap with Christmas decorations.
I want to list out a few of my steps for putting decorations away that I find make for a speedy transition.
First, I set up a cleaning station. At this location, I have some mild cleansers prepared, paper towels, a soft washcloth, a sharpie, my Christmas Journal and any 3M strips that I'm storing away. If any decorations are in need of a wipe down, repair or decoration note logging at this time, this is where they stop first. And if they're beyond repair or ready for donation, they're taken care of at this stage too.
Second, all of the decorations are placed into categories on my table so that I can see what I have on a larger scale. Some of my categories are garland, glassware, taller items, metal signs, wooden signs and textiles. I can make some judgment calls on what items are stored together right away from these categories, which helps with sorting.
Third, everything that needs to be wrapped is done so with acid-free tissue paper to prevent aging over the time it's in storage. I sort it all out into plastic bins and haul it all back up to the attic.
There's another step though, and that's pulling out anything from the closet that is for fall and moving it to the front for next year. Only 342 days until Christmas Day! Happy packing!