How I’m Storing Holiday Decor

Good morning friends! Well, today is the first day the kiddos go back to school, so we’re up and at ’em early for the first time in weeks!  The excitement of the first day back makes getting up and out the door easier, but I’m sure I’ll hit the wall later today.

pearl sweatshirt jeans and leopard sneakers

Pearl SweatshirtChewed Hem JeansLeopard Sneakers

I’m so excited to share the first of two organizing projects I’ve been working on over the Christmas break.  Before we dive in, I have to admit, I’ve always been EXTRA when it comes to organizing (my mom said I was that way even as a toddler).  I truly get so much JOY when everything is all neat and tidy and organized in the prettiest way.  The Home Edit ladies are my girl crushes and I’m not even kidding!

My home includes two playful kiddos, so things don’t always stay as neat as I’d like them to.  And, just like any real, lived-in home, my stuff gets out of order and the house is a disaster sometimes.

The thing I’ve gotten really good at (especially in the last few years) is KonMari-ing the crap out of my house.  I almost exclusively have things here that I love and have gotten rid of so much clutter. No more drawers and cabinets packed to the gills- now we have room to breathe!

Truthfully, as I’ve mentioned before, our home has more space than we really need now.  But, it’s been our home for over 10 years and we are very comfortable and safe here.  As long as we live here, I vow to make the most of it and appreciate every square inch.

The curve under the staircase feels like it was made for a Christmas tree!

Flocked Christmas Tree 10 foot

Christmas Tree

It’s always bittersweet to take down the Christmas decorations, which only reinforces my decision to start decorating for Christmas before Thanksgiving.  It’s also a lot of work (both the set up and the take down), so I want to enjoy it for a long time.

It took me almost a week to fully un-decorate, but this time I put everything away EXTRA organized (which you’ll see below)!

Now that the tree is down, we’re back to a fresh start in this space with a new jute rug.

Foyer table jute rug

TableVaseJute Rug


Usually, my Christmas decor is stored up in the attic, but it’s always a big job to pull everything down each year.  The bins are big and heavy and there are a lot of them. This year, I was lucky to have my brothers come over and help pull down all the bins and trees, but I didn’t want to have to lug them upstairs and back into the attic again when the holidays were over.

One of the great things about building a custom home is that you get to decide things like how much storage space you want to have and that was really important to me when we built this home.  Coming from tiny apartments and a small townhouse, ample storage space was always an issue.  I knew I wanted to have a proper home for everything.

There’s a huge walk-in closet with built-in shelves that I realized would be perfect for storing holiday decor.  This closet is located on the first floor, off of what’s now Jordan’s playroom (but it was originally designed to be an office).


Before the big organization job, the closet was holding extra office supplies, my workout equipment like weights, jump rope and mat, golf clubs, framed degrees, and luggage.  I started putting holiday bins in here as I decorated for Christmas this year.

It was also really dusty and dirty in here since we barely went into this space.

The first step was to pull everything out, give the shelves and floors a good vacuum with my trusty stick vac. I swear I love this thing so much! Y’all actually recommended it to me a couple of summers ago and it’s been one of my best purchases!  I’ve certainly gotten my money’s worth out of it since I use it daily, sometimes more than once!


Now, I can actually open the closet door, walk inside and see everything at a glance.  The decor for all seasons is housed in here- Christmas, Summer, Spring and Fall.  I’ve fondly named it the ‘holiday decor closet’ and I can’t believe I have one of these in my own home!  It never even occurred to me before this year.

holiday closet storage

The first thing I did was line the lower shelves with a grey grip shelf liner.  Not only does it make the shelves look cleaner, it helps hold everything in place.  You can simply cut the liner to fit your shelves or drawers with kitchen scissors.

Way in the back where the ceiling dips down (that’s under our staircase) is where I have our Christmas trees stored.  The main tree fit back inside the box it came in, but I didn’t close it.  Instead, I added some of our wreaths to it!

holiday closet Christmas storage.2

holiday closet Christmas storage

I considered getting one of those Christmas tree storage bags with wheels. I’ve heard good things about them.  People rave about how easy it is to just slip your whole tree into the bag, zip it up, and roll it out into the garage to store for next year.

Holiday Storage Closet

Glass JarsOrnament Storage

Every year, much to my kids’ chagrin, I put faux wrapped presents under the tree.  It’s nice to have the space to store those so I don’t have to rewrap them each year.  It saves time, energy, and gift wrap!

Holiday Storage Closet

Holiday Storage Closet

Below that are my ornament storage boxes.  I’ve had hem for several years now and they’ve held up really well.  They come with cardboard dividers so that each ornament is protected and nothing breaks.

What I really like about them is that they’re sheer (with pretty decorative dots), so you can see what color ornaments are inside.  I have the small, square ornament holders, and the larger rectangular ones too.

They zip closed and have handles that make them easy to transport.

I have a few decorative boxes that hold special ornaments and one is full of faux snow.

Holiday Storage Closet

I figured that if I had this space with room to spare, I might as well go ahead and display our Nutcracker collection.  It helps keep them from getting damaged in a box and they just make me happy to look at.

Isn’t that the key?  To do things that bring YOU joy even if other people don’t get it or disagree?  It’s YOUR life, YOUR home.  You should have it be a place YOU love and enjoy with things in it that delight you and your family.

Holiday Storage Closet

Next to the Nutcrackers are two glass jars that lost their lids or they broke – I can’t remember.  But, since I’m not using them in the pantry (that tour is coming up Thursday), I figured I might as well repurpose them in here.  They are holding ribbon and some gift tags.  It’s a functional decorative element that looks pretty!

Christmas storage closet

Holiday Storage Closet

I enjoy decorating for all seasons, and I have one Spring bin, one Summer bin, and two Fall bins. I used a chalk label to indicate which season is in each bin.

I displayed the adorable bunnies because they are too cute!

Holiday Storage Closet

On the very top shelf, I had some extra room, so I put a few more decorations up there too.

Not all of my Christmas decor fit in the closet.  There are still several bins that I kept in the garage.  These large green bins have lasted for years and the size is great for storing big things like garland and wreaths.

Christmas Storage Bins

Green Storage Bins • Chalk Labels

Christmas Storage Bins

Christmas storage

Christmas Storage Bins

If I had shelving in the garage, that’s probably where my decor would have ended up.

Where do you store your Christmas decorations?  Are you particular about organizing it? 

I find it extremely helpful to utilize holiday organizing boxes for specific purposes, so I linked the ones that got good reviews on Amazon here.


Christmas Storage

Hanging Gift Wrap Organizer | 2 *Best Seller Gift Wrap Storage | 3 Gift Wrap Organizer | 4 Ornament Storage | 5 Ornament Storage | 6 Ornament Storage | 7 Rolling Tree Storage | 8 Wreath Storage

Some years, my decorations have been thrown into bins without much careful consideration (just wanting to get it put away quickly) and other years I’ve been more particular.  But nothing beats this year!

I am already excited about pulling out the decor for next year, knowing exactly where everything is and having it all organized neatly.  And now I also know what Spring, Summer and Fall decor I have, so I can easily decorate for those seasons too.

I did pull the trigger and bought two of these gorgeous tulip wreaths for the front door!  I can’t wait for them to arrive!  You can find more of my SPRING Amazon home decor finds here.

Have a fantastic day friends!IMG_8121

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Hi! I’m Megan, mom to a thoughtful teenager and spunky young girl. We call Houston home and recently moved into our dream home. I traded my lawyer hat to become a full-time blogger in 2010. I love sharing my passion for affordable fashion, home decor, organization, & fitness to help inspire you to take care of you!


  1. I would walk into that space every day and just drink in the order of it all!
    That is going to make your job so much easier come next holiday season!!

  2. I would walk into that space every day and just drink in the order of it all.
    This will make it so much easier for you this next holiday season. I love it!

    1. I’m so thankful for this space! I used to keep all the holiday decor in the attic and it was really difficult to pull it down each year. I’m thankful our builder made great use of this under the stairs space!

  3. I have that same closet too, I call it the Monica closet because of all the junk I shove in there 🤣 I built wall shelves using Home Depot Rubbermaid system, but it doesn’t feel very sturdy! Was your shelf part of the house build? I think that’s more of what I need!

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