It’s beginning to look a lot like 2019.
I know, right?
I’m as surprised as you.
I feel like I just put away all the pumpkins.
I spent the weekend de-Christmasing my house. It took me only about four hours and I thought of you the ENTIRE time. I thought about how we stress out about when to take down our Christmas decor and how it can all be a little overwhelming and tips to make it easier and simple ideas that I do every single year to ease into winter.
So here are four hours of my weekend.
Step by step.
One post-Christmas foot in front of the other.
Five simple steps to transition your Christmas decor into winter.
Step 1: Take down the totes
Remember these totes?
If you are thinking about de-Christmasing your house and you don’t know where to start?
Just bring down a couple of totes.
Not all of them—I started with four.
I know it can be scary to see them. Sometimes my totes look at me with a judgemental eye and make me feel like I’m not moving fast enough to put away Christmas. If your totes start to back talk you?
You are the boss of your de-Christmasing project.
Take the lids off of them and leave them open in the center of your hallway.
2. Fill them up the totes with things that look like Christmas
You know what I’m talking about.
The light up blinking Merry Christmas sign.
Just a little confused?
Here are examples of things that went into my Christmas bins first.
Anything that said Christmas.
Ornaments I was using to decorate with.
Merry Christmas pillows.
And here are some examples of what I kept.
Anything greenery (except real greenery—you can read about my staircase here).
Anything branchy looking.
Any small trees that looked like winter.
3. Organize the totes as you are putting things away
This makes everything so much easier for next year.
Remember when I said to leave all four totes open with their lids off? That’s because you want to organize things as you are putting them away so next year when you open them they won’t look like a jumbled mess.
Here’s how I organized my four totes.
1. All spare ornaments that were floating around the house and used in bowls and platters and sleighs. I also put all the houses in this tote as well.
2. All stockings and pillows and other soft goods.
3. All greenery.
4. All trees that were Christmases that I didn’t keep out.
You can also tape a paper to the inside lid of the tote and write what you place in each tote with a pen.
4. Leave up the trees
I know this might seem counterintuitive.
I get it.
But I like to take the un-decorating in small doses and when you remove all the Christmas from the rest of the house? The trees look like cozy winter trees and the lights are so pretty at night.
This also allows me to stagger the un-decorating so it’s not so painful to see it go.
5. Clean up, fluff and make it smell good
De-Christmasing is the perfect time to clean.
It’s almost like you can’t help it. When you clear off those surfaces and take down all the garland and it drops on the floor and counters and cabinets.
Wipe them down with a cleaner that smells like winter.
Dust off the cobwebs.
Take out the trash.
Then fluff what remains and make everything else smell good.
Here are some of my favorite winter scents:
Your house is ready for 2019.
I know it’s going to be an amazing one.
I know it’s going to be a year full of promise and possibility.
I know it’s going to be an exciting next chapter.
See you next year my wonderful friend.
PS If you are looking for more organizing inspiration?