De-Christmasing and Neutralizing

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Posted by Rebecca, January 4th, 2011

One of my goals before we leave for vacation tomorrow morning was to take down our Christmas decorations. I know this wasn’t a priority, but we’re not coming home until Sunday night, then the next weekend is my last precious weekend before I start up grad school again. So I’d really like to do something other than focus on taking down a tree… plus it will be mid-January by then, oy!

So today, I left work early and mission was accomplished…for the most part. I was hesitant to pack everything away because I didn’t know where to start. We have way more stuff this year than we’ve ever had and I wasn’t sure what type of storage we’d need. Plus I wanted to put it away as organized as possible, rather than hastily thrown in boxes. Then I saw what Megan from Honey We’re Home did with her ornaments yesterday…

(via Megan’s Christmas Organizing post)

She organized her ornaments by color. Back in our condo, we had tree ornaments and a couple of vase fillers and that was it. But this year I bought so many ornaments for our large tree and other projects that I was just overwhelmed. So I decided to use Megan’s method as a starting point and started collecting my non-tree ornaments.

I picked up 3 large Christmas storage bins at Target, since we only had 2 before. I, like Megan, like the Christmas colored ones because when they’re buried underneath things, you know exactly what they are! I also picked up some smaller containers for my small ornaments then packed them up by color.

I took away all of the other Christmas items on the mantle and in the dining room and just like that, the house was neutralized.

I still need to find a safe place for my coffee filter wreath and tree, so until I get back, it will remain hanging in the family room. I kept the wood pillar holders, as well as the metallic pillar holders I picked up at Target out because they’re not holiday themed.

For all of these extra things I accumulated this season, I decided to put my living room storage ottomans to good use (nicely furnished room, huh? This is why you never see the living room :))

Most of my candles are in the entertainment center, but I store some larger pieces here, including the silver pillar holders.

Oh and we haven’t seen our Ikea Stornas table without an extension in it since Thanksgiving, it looks so tiny with only 6 chairs!

As you can tell I put the majority of our things away, even accessories that were out before Christmas. I just wanted a clean slate for when I get back from Disney. On to the tree!

I decided to keep tree ornaments separate from vase filler type ornaments, since I strung those ribbon things on all of the tree ornaments and I’m not doing it again next year! I had one ornament box from Target a few years ago, which I decided to start to fill even though I knew I had way too many ornaments on this thing.

This particular box is a little tight for my biggest ornaments, which is why I almost didn’t use it. So I only put large ornaments in every other opening.

Then I filled the remaining openings with 2 or 3 of the smaller balls.

I was surprised that a good majority of my tree ornaments fit in this one box! I put the remaining ones in one of the leftover boxes that some of the large ones came in. I actually had all of the boxes from all of my ornaments (even the ones that are 4 years old). I decided to chuck them all this year because they take up way too much space.

I packed my vase filler boxes, as well as my remaining tree boxes into a larger storage box and it was near perfect, until I remembered I had an unopened box of large green ornaments.

See that box of green ornaments messing with my plan? Whaaamp whaaamp. Of course it would have been too perfect to fit all of the ornaments in two neat boxes. The solution?

Um yeah, there was no solution. It’s called, I’m going to Disney tomorrow and I could care less if my ornaments are perfectly packed this year. I’m just happy I got it done :) I ended up sticking that last box in a storage tote with some mantel things. The tree is naked, but still standing. We’ll probably take that apart as well as bring all of this stuff down to the basement when we get back.

Despite the fact that my flight leaves at 7am tomorrow, I’m not planning on taking a blogging break. I will be bringing my laptop and hope to tell you about my favorites in the new West Elm catalog I received yesterday, as well as about my first time ever at Disney. Cinderella’s castle is considered a house right? :)

On to my packing!

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14 Responses to “De-Christmasing and Neutralizing”

  1. Haha, it’s ok if your ornaments don’t all fit in two neat boxes, I’m just impressed that you de-Christmased already!

    Have fun at Disney! I think the castle totally counts as a house! And mmmmm West Elm :)

  2. Your dining room is stunning! I don’t really organize the ornaments that much, they just go wherever I can shove them in the bins.

    • Rebecca says:

      Thank you Sara!

      Actually putting all of the like colors in one bin each was easier this year because I didn’t have to cram them all back into those flimsy boxes they come in. Let’s just hope none of them break… But I’ll worry about that next December :)

  3. OoH my sister-in-law works there at fantasy land =) I visit often — Have soooo much flipping fun! You’re going to love disney and orlando (thought I dearly call it whorelando…. for no reason whatsoever other than its funny!)

    ok anywho – have a blast! and way to be responsible and clean/organize before your trip! I neverrr do that!

    xoXOxo
    Is making spinach stuffed shells using @peasandcrayons recipe tonight. It’s going to be yummy.

  4. what the eff did I just copy and paste? muahahahahaha! Wow I’m a nerd

    • Rebecca says:

      The funny part is, I read your comment and thought, “oh Jenn just wrote her tweet in my comment instead of on twitter” hahaha! But I am dying to try those spinach stuffed shells!

      • They’re so flipping good. I’m going to make them again soon and take photos of the entire process. Most of my recipes are easily made up to the chef or “to taste” but this one has gooot to be my way or the highway ;) haha

        hope you’re having a blast! xo

  5. It’s always a sad day when the Christmas ornaments get put away…oh well, only 11 more months before you get to go through that all over again!

    And have fun at Disney! I know Ashley is fuming with jealousy as you’re hanging out in the sun at the best place on earth!

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  7. Annie says:

    Do you still like your Ikea Stornas table? By the way, your dinning room looks fantastic!

    • Rebecca says:

      So funny that you asked this today, just last night we were looking at it and still admiring it! We love it, such a sturdy looking table that extends to be really long. Downside is that it scratches kind of easily (which is what we were filling last night). The wood grain in ours hides a lot of that though!

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