I’m an organization expert – how I take down my holiday decor to make set up for next year a breeze

THE END-of-the-year holidays have officially passed, which means some households are beginning to remove their festive seasonal decorations.

One organization expert claims to know how to take down decorations efficiently while also ensuring an easy set-up for the following year.


The expert, Lela Burris, shared her tips with her 65,000 followers on TikTok.

Her first step to cleaning up holiday decor is taking every single decoration down from every room and sorting through items you want to keep for next year and things you can do without. 

Next, she encouraged people to clean the surviving adornments with a damp cloth and then sort them into boxes by category.

Lela also shared that people can store smaller decorations inside of bigger ones, like wrapping a figurine in a stocking.

Focusing on the Christmas tree decor, Lela glued plastic cups to cardboard to make “stackable ornament storage.”

With this method, you simply place an ornament in each cup and then layer the next cardboard piece on top. 

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Sticking with uses for recycled cardboard, she took a rectangular piece and wrapped the tree’s lights around it for a tangle-free organization.  

For the Christmas tree itself, Lela said it’s perfectly fine to put it back in the box it came in, but recommended buying a tree bag if the box breaks. 

Lastly, she showed herself wrapping faux branch arrangements in wrapping paper to keep them intact for the following holiday season. 

Hint: You can also wrap your Christmas tree in cling wrap with the ornaments still attached for an easier set-up next year.

And if you have a living spruce tree, there’s a beneficial trick to use before throwing it out. 

According to a cleaning expert, you can make a disinfecting cleaning spray with just the branches and vinegar. 


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