30 Simple Ways to Organize Your Holiday

Let’s face it, the holiday season can be pretty chaotic. From buying gifts to attending and hosting parties to all the hours spent in the kitchen baking cookies, there’s not much time left over for organization. But what if actually organizing your holidays this year brings less chaos and less stress? Give it a try! We’ve rounded up 30 simple and creative ways to help you organize your holiday.


  1. The easiest and most mainstream way to organize the million ornaments for your tree is by simply making a Target run. Pick up a clear plastic or fabric bin designed for storing ornaments safely and individually.
  2. For a cheap, crafty way to organize your ornaments, cut rectangles out of cardboard, sized to fit into a large plastic storage bin. Hot glue plain old plastic cups in rows on the cardboard. Fill up the cups with your ornaments, then stack the pieces of cardboard on top of each other.
  3. Take an old egg carton and give it a new life by having it protect your precious ornaments. Place your smaller ornaments inside and close the lid. If it prevents eggs from cracking, it should be great for keeping your ornaments safe.
  4. Place your ornaments in Ziploc bags and plastic Tupperware containers for simple storage. Group similar ornaments together, either by color, design, or person.

  1. Keep the original packaging for certain items you buy, especially breakable or oddly shaped things. Store these items in their original packaging so there’s no scrambling around to find a good place to keep them.
  2. Everyone knows the headache and hassle of storing Christmas lights. For small strands of lights, wrap them around a clothes hanger. Not only will it prevent a tangled mess, you also have a built in handle!
  3. You can gently coil up your lights with your hands and secure the bunch together with Velcro strips.
  4. Of course there’s a device out there to help with the headache of organizing Christmas lights. Buy a light wheel and wind up those lights for easy access each holiday season.
  5. For a cheap way to wrangle those endless strands, cut out some pieces of cardboard and wrap the lights around the cardboard. This also works well for beaded garland.

  1. When the big day arrives, there’s no reason to not keep things a bit organized amidst the frenzy. Before Christmas morning, wrap a big box with wrapping paper (leaving the top open and box empty). Place it near or under the tree with all the other gifts. Now you have a pretty place (instead of the floor) to throw all the gallons of wrapping paper that your kids will rip off their presents.
  2. We’ve solved the “what to do with all the Christmas cards” dilemma you encounter after the holidays are over. Instead of guiltily tossing them in the trash, stick them in a three ring binder so you can cherish them for years to come. Create sections in the binder for each year.
  3. A space-saver idea for saving Christmas cards is to punch a hole in the corner of each card, stack them up, and stick a ring through the stack, creating an instant holiday card book.
  4. Decorations are the least of your worries when it comes to organizing all the details that the holiday season brings. From parties to gift planning, you have to keep it all straight somehow. Buy (or make) yourself a holiday planner. Create sections for gift giving and planning, Christmas card addresses and lists, master calendar for parties and all events, baking schedule, and anything else that is worth organizing.

Check out Etsy shops MrsBrimbles and CrossBowPrintables for downloadable holiday organizing sheets that are perfect for printing out, sticking in a binder, and making your holiday organizing streamlined and efficient.
  1. Keep your holiday planner online or on your phone if an old fashioned paper planner isn’t for you. Simply create some spreadsheets with all your holiday organizing topics.
  2. There’s nothing worse than having a year where all the Christmas decor seems to fit perfectly in your storage bins, only to take it out for the season, then try to put it back in exactly how you took it out. When you open up a box for the season, snap a quick picture of the inside of the box so you can refer back to it when it’s time to pack up.
  3. Only buy clear containers for storing and organizing holiday decor, so you can quickly see what is in each bin.
  4. There’s nothing worse than a crushed and dusty wreath. For a recyclable and thrifty way to store your wreaths, take a large trash bag or reuse your dry cleaner’s bag, slide the wreath inside, and tie up the bottom.
  5. For a more durable Christmas wreath storage option, invest in some wreath boxes or bags that will last you years to come.

  1. Pack like items together. Put all the lights in one bin and all the stockings in another.
  2. Utilize that empty space on the back of a door. There are so many products that can hang on a door to keep your gift wrapping supplies handy. Get creative and see what you can come up with.
  3. Reduce, reuse, and recycle. Next time you stop by a drive through, grab an extra drink holder. Turn that handled holder into a caddy for storing gift wrapping supplies. Keep ribbon, pens, tags, scissors, and anything else that will fit. Now you can wrap your gifts easily in any room of the house!
  4. Keep all of your gift wrapping supplies in one place. Buy a plastic bin that is designed to slide underneath a bed for out-of-the-way storage, and keep all your gift wrapping there. Be sure to keep scotch tape and a pair of scissors in the bin.

  1. If you’re a ribbon collector, turn a cheap plastic basket with holes into your own ribbon station. This is a great way to prevent all those rolls of ribbon from getting tangled up and for keeping them from unraveling. Plus, it’s super easy to pull out exactly how much you need.
  2. If you have a little extra space in your house, designate some clear bins that have several drawers into your own gift wrapping station. Label each drawer and store everything from tissue paper to gift bags.
  3. Rolls of wrapping paper are the most awkward things to store. Take a cheap fabric or plastic shoe door hanger, leave the bottom row of shoe pockets intact, and cut off the bottoms of a few rows above so you can slide the rolls through the pockets.
  4. Attach rows of hooks on the back of a door or wall and hang rolls of wrapping paper with curtain rings to the hooks.
  5. Label bins with what’s inside them. Either use a labelmaker or a clear sleeve with a list of items and attach to the right bin.

  1. Turn a cheap IKEA trash bag holder into a wrapping paper holder. Attach anywhere you have extra space (such as a closet or laundry room wall) and put your rolls of paper in the holder.
  2. Store your wrapping paper in your closet. Place wrapping paper rolls into a zippered garment bag and hang next to your clothes. Easy access and easy on the eyes.
  3. Turn an old trash can or wine crate with sections into a holding area for your wrapping paper, and keep it in a corner of a room or closet.

Try a few of these tips this year and see if your holiday season doesn’t flow a bit more smoothly. Happy organizing the holidays!

For even more ways to organize your life, check out our ORGANIZATION category!

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Dani

Dani lives in North Carolina with her two preschoolers. She is a stay-at-home/work-at-home mom who loves to clean and organize anything and everything. Her happiness is found in Jesus, days at the spa, and combating dark chocolate peanut butter cups with everyday workouts at the gym. She owns a wedding, lifestyle, and freelance photography business, Dani Nicole Photography.

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