In this post: If you’re looking to organize your seasonal decorations so you can find everything quickly and easily, you’ll love this seasonal storage closet makeover.⇒
If someone asked you to find pinecones in your house, how long would it take you?
If you answered three minutes or less, and two of those minutes included walking to the closet, then you may not need this post. (Yet you’re exactly who will appreciate it!)
But if you had no idea where to start, or you found the right storage area, but then rummaged endlessly through piles of detritus, then read on.
Side note: if your pinecones are still out from last holiday season, then you should bookmark the post and return to it over and over!
It turns out the optimal way to store seasonal decorations is in a dedicated space.
No one wants their pumpkins mixed in with their tableware or other non-seasonal items. It’s always best to keep like items together, making it the most efficient way to find things quickly.
This is exactly what I decided to do with our seasonal decor. I’m not talking about large items like Christmas trees or garlands. That I’ll save for another post since they’re housed separately in our garage.
But for smaller items like Easter eggs and acorn filler, a dedicated closet offers the perfect solution.
We’re lucky to have a small spare closet in our basement that we added deep shelves to. I had already earmarked the space for seasonal decor and I had even tried to separate the items by each particular season.
But in time, the pumpkins multiplied and encroached on the spring nests and Valentine’s hearts and pretty soon I couldn’t find anything. (You can see the mess in the photo above… 🤦♀️)
So I knew I needed to add containers to the closet to break things up into smaller parcels.
As always I did a lot of measuring first and then a lot of research until I could find the correct containers for my needs. I wanted them to be large enough to fit some of the medium-sized items, yet small enough to separate items by season.
I always prefer pullout drawers because they keep things not only neat and easy to see but also keep dust at bay.
I settled on my favorite drawers in a larger size and then I was ready to get started.
I also added rattan bins to keep on the floor of the closet. This is the perfect place to store the piles of pumpkins in various sizes that wouldn’t fit in the plastic bins.
They offer a nice neat look and help keep everything off floor. They also happen to fit perfectly in our space.
What’s great about the plastic bins is that you can store things vertically limiting the amount of wasted space.
I started by dividing things up seasonally, doing my best to designate a season to each shelf.
One of the things I most love about storing things in containers is that it encourages you to edit and clean out as you go. I also love that you can move the drawers around, just by pulling them out, if you change your mind about where they should go.
I had space left in the corners for extra large pumpkins, gift boxes and small baskets.
On the very top shelf, a much narrower shelf, there was just enough room for long branches.
The rattan baskets fit perfectly on the floor with enough room in front for a few extra items.
Within the drawers I divided things up further still to ensure maximum ease of use.
I’m thrilled with the difference and how easy it is to find things and to be able to see everything at a glance.
So if I was asked to find pinecones I feel quite confident I could find them in under a minute!
Seasonal Storage Closet Resource List
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