Holiday Decor and Outdoor Storage Organization – 1 Bin Challenge
January 9, 2019
Modified on March 17, 2019
It can sometimes be hard to look at a space, especially a small one, and see how you are going to fit all that you need into it. We can say the same for holiday decor. Sometimes we go all out and forget that we have to store it once the season is over. But not to worry, because today I have few solutions for you and some storage tips too, for holiday decor and outdoor storage organization!
January is such a lovely month. We get to renew our minds and bodies, start fresh with goals, habits, and diets. But it’s also a time when those of us who love to organize get an excuse to rearrange and tidy up! That blissful time we get to drive our partners crazy with putting things in a new spot hehe.
So I thought a perfect way to start the new year would be to organize my holiday decor and outdoor storage. Since I needed to put my decor away anyway, I could tackle 2 tasks at once. Whoo hoo. And to make it interesting…enter the 1 Bin Challenge!
In an attempt to use and buy less plastic I only bought 1 red bin from Target.
I wanted to challenge myself to see if I could fit all of my decor in it, without having to buy a ton of plastic bins and organizers. It’s crazy how almost everything comes in plastic now.
I want to make an effort to change my family’s reliance on it as much as I can. So we start with small steps like this one.
Not to mention, I can easily find my decorations in the red bin, instead of having to search for them every year.
You can still buy a bin if you need one. Mine was about $9 and you can find them here. Just be sure to check the store first because some stores are out of stock.
Now, I do have to warn you this isn’t the prettiest post with magical photos, but hey these things have to be done and it’s reality – Adulting 101 I suppose.
First things first, I like to start with a blank canvas. So, I took everything out of my storage and swept the floor.
And yes the paint on the floor drives me crazy every time I go in here but we’ll just ignore that for now.
Our storage is located outside in the balcony area of our apartment. It is very small so we have limited space.
This is also one of the reasons I try to keep my holiday decor at a minimum.
It’s probably for the best, I’m trying to limit what I buy these days anyhow.
Decoration Take Down
So moving on, in the house I take down any lights I have hanging up. Some I keep year-round so this year I only had one strand of lights to put away.
An easy way that I like to store them is to wrap the lights around my arm.
Then you get a nice rope-like strand instead of a tangled mess. This helps to keep the bulbs from breaking too.
Now, I can snuggly fit the lights in my bin.
I have seen certain organizers they sell to hold your lights but again they’re plastic. So I like to stick with the old arm trick for now.
In my bin I already have some Thanksgiving decor that I stored away. I also packed in a few gifting bags that we received this year. I like to keep them to reuse them and not waste anything.
Normally I keep gifting items in our bedroom closet because we get a lot of dust storms where I live, and I don’t like things to get full of dust. But these bags were too big so I stuck them on the side of the bin.
Next, I gathered the rest of my decorations.
I saved some of the paper ads that we get in the mail and wrapped 2 of the new ornaments that we received this year.
My parents gave them to us along with our Christmas present. Aren’t they so cute?!
I like to use the paper ads because 1) I am reusing paper that would other wise be thrown away and 2) Because it helps save space.
Plastic can be bulky and isn’t very bendable. Whereas with the paper, I was able to slip the ornaments along another edge of the bin as you can see below.
After that, I placed my washed rugs on top of the lights.
Wrapping the decorations also helps them from getting scratched or any excess glitter falling off.
The light up decoration that I painted, I wrapped face down to save it from getting cracked or the paint chipping.
I guess we will see how my wrapping and storage skills pan out next Christmas. Fingers crossed because this one was my favorite this year!
So I warned you, not the prettiest to look at but it’s practical, functional, and eco friendly. But be honest don’t you just love this beautiful picture of the ad chillin on my carpet Ha!
Also, if I have any decorations that still have the packaging I keep it for easier storage as well. Just like this cute center piece my Mom gave me a few years ago.
After that, I used my Tetris skills and put everything in it’s place.
I also wrapped some extra Thanksgiving decor that I have. And although we have some tree ornaments, we didn’t use them this year. If we don’t use them next year I will probably end up donating them.
The Challenge – Final Test
Lastly, the final test is to see if the top fits correctly. Don’t you just hate when you put a top on something and it bubbles and doesn’t fit right?? Ugh it’s the worst, then you have to go back and rearrange things until it does fit right.
But luckily for me…
Yay it fit the first time! Challenge accepted and completed.
Wreath and Storage
All I had left to do was to put away my door wreath and organize it all in the storage.
I bought this wreath holder a few years back from Target.
It is quite big but it’s been nice to have something to hold my wreath.
Like I mentioned before about the dust storms, I didn’t want this laying out. The Haboobs in Arizona are no joke!
If you need one of these too you can still buy them but only online. They are $15 and you can find them here.
Another good thing is that with all the space I can sneak in my wreath hanger.
After everything was packed and ready to go, I went back outside to my storage and slowly started putting things away.
I started near the water heater first because these are the things we reach for the least.
I made sure nothing was touching the water heater or would topple over. Safety first!
The one thing that sucks about renting is there are some boxes you have to save, such as for the cable and internet. We also like to keep our blender and juicing boxes so it makes for easier packing when we move out. It makes for extra stuff we have to store but it’s for good reason.
Then, I added all of our bins to the right corner of the storage including our holiday decor. Everything fit so nicely and was organized. I really felt accomplished, yet empty because the house looked so bare after this. It’s funny how you get used to things being out.
Aside from that, it’s all about the vertical space, especially in small spaces.
The last few bits to put away were my table cloth and place mats. Those I keep in a basket that sits on the top shelf of my kitchen pantry.
This was a good motivator to start tackling other areas of the house that I’ve been wanting to get to. I’m excited for a refresh!
I hope you find these tips helpful. Let me know in the comments below if you think you can achieve the 1 Bin Challenge. Do you have any other tips for eco friendly storage or less plastic use for decorations? I’d love to hear them!
More organization posts will be coming soon! Remember that bedroom closet I mentioned earlier?
I hope you’ve had a great start to 2019 so far, see you in the next post!
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