Learn my simple way to switch seasonal decor and how to organize it for next time.
Since this year we won't be having too many in-person gatherings, I've gotta have my decor for our virtual holidays on point. So, this year I started early and I'm ready to share my tips for switching your decor.
Year over year, I feel like I end up with more and more seasonal items. And, year over year, I find it harder and harder to keep it all straight. As I switched from spring to fall and fall to winter this year, I noticed a few things really helped me stay organized.
Half the battle is knowing what you have and knowing what you still need, right? Here are the tips that have helped me keep the seasonal decor switch running smooth and still fun.
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- Take the new season out before taking the old down.
- Use clear boxes for seasonal decor & colored boxes for holiday decor
- Take pictures of the previous season before switching it.
- Gather the previous season's decor in one area before packing it away.
- Separate seasonal overlap decor.
- Pack the previous holiday & season away.
- Take a lunch break & then get to the fun!
Take the new season out before taking the old down.
This tip has saved me a lot of brain power over the years.
Instead of taking down the old season and then grabbing the new, I like to see what it is I have for the upcoming season. If you haven't checked out my Instagram story, it's saved under my profile titled “seasonal.” (seasonal highlight here)
A quick inventory of what you have will make the switch waaayyyy more seamless.
When I know what inventory I'm working with, I know what decor to take down and what to leave out just in case I want to use it into the next season.
Use clear boxes for seasonal decor & colored boxes for holiday decor
Here's another one of those things I've learned over time.
Seasonal and holiday decor are different. I mean doy, but I would just throw it all into a set of bins intermingled and miss out on some easy shifts in decor.
For instance, when I decorate for Christmas, and then Christmas ends, if I were to take everything down, my house would look like we were moving out!
Instead, I have winter decor mixed in with my Christmas stuff, so when Christmas is over, I'll take down the Christmas specific stuff, put it in its own colored bins, and adjust the winter stuff to fill in the gaps.
Not only does this save me from overhauling all the decor after the holiday season and wondering what to do next, but it also lets me keep my cozy vibe well into February/March without feeling like I'm hilly-billy mcgee over here with Christmas lights still up or something lol.
I do the same thing for Halloween and Fall decor – Halloween comes out with the Fall stuff, Halloween gets put away, and Fall can live on for a little bit longer. You can see this in my picture above – blue bins are Halloween and the clear bin on the right is Fall-specific.
I'm telling you breaking apart holiday verse seasonal makes the decor flow so much better throughout the year.
Take pictures of the previous season before switching it.
Raise your hand if you remember where all your decor was placed last season?
Ya, me either.
Pictures are worth their weight in gold people!
My tip is to take pictures of every place you decorated and save it in a folder in your phone titled “Fall Decorating” or “Halloween Decor” or whatever season/holiday it is. You can check out my full Fall home tour and pin it for next year.
Because us busy mamas have way too much going on in those brains of ours to have a mental file folder for seasonal decor.
Gotta use that external phone brain, girl!
Gather the previous season's decor in one area before packing it away.
I use my dining room as a staging area when I'm making the seasonal switch.
Seeing everything all put together will let you pack it away more seamlessly.
This way I'm able to condense the decor into one or two bins versus having stuff randomly shoved in and not being able to put the lid on lol.
Separate seasonal overlap decor.
As you take down the previous season, chances are you'll have stuff that you morphed from the season before that.
For instance, I used some spring florals that I added leaves to for Fall, so the spring florals now have to go back with the spring box.
So, be sure to keep this in a separate pile as you take down the old to make room for the new.
Pack the previous holiday & season away.
If you have pumpkins and ghouls, these are definitely not going to stay out for Christmas. Therefore, I would for sure pack those away because I know I won't be able to use them in the next season.
However, there is always some decor that can be used season to season, so I like to keep that out until I've finished making my switch, just in case I need to use it (i.e. Candle sticks and cute baskets).
But keep in mind, you may not need them, so if you don't use them pack them in with the next season you may want to use them in.
Also, my seasonal storage is in the basement, so as I brought the current season down, I brought up a box of the next season's items to save me some trips.
Take a lunch break & then get to the fun!
Now it's time for the fun part! Decorating for the next season!
I made sure to note here to not forget to eat in between organizing your seasonal stuff and actually decorating because, remember, this should be fun!
If it's not fun, it's probably because you're hungry – or at least that's what happens to me lol
Now throw on some jams (you can interpret that as music or pajamas ha!), and get to settin' up your home to give you all the feels this season!
Happy seasonal decorating, lady!