I'm an organisation expert my three-step technique will have your Christmas decorations packed away in less than an hour | The Sun

The Christmas blues are setting in, and festive decorations that once put a smile on your face now seem like nothing more than tat in the way.

If you went all out this year decorating your home – you’re probably wondering where on earth you start packing up.

We know it can feel like a daunting task.

That's why Fabulous spoke to organisation expert Vicky Silverthorn from Redrow to find out what technique she uses to get the decorations packed up within an hour.

The 42-year-old cleaning whizz from Richmond, Surrey, shares her top tips to take the stress out of cleaning up and make decorating next year a breeze.

Declutter

The first step to packing away your Christmas decorations is to declutter an area where you can start packing away your decs.

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The organisation expert likes to start with the kitchen table so that she has somewhere to organise the Christmas decorations.

She says: "I always start by clearing my dining table or surface and gathering any Christmas ornaments from around the house.

"Then I wrap and put them away, labelling neatly."

Sort and order

Vicky recommends getting some boxes to store your Christmas ornaments in so they're easy to pull out next year.

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To help with this, the organisation pro uses labels on boxes so she knows exactly what is in each one.

It's best to start with heavier ornaments at the bottom of the box and she recommends using wrapping paper or tissue paper left over from Christmas to keep them safe.

Next, Vicky recommends taking down any lights and garlands around the house.

She adds: "Save your kitchen roll and wrapping paper tubes so you can wrap lights and garlands around them and pull them out next year tangle free."

Tackling the tree

The organisation expert reveals that she leaves the Christmas tree as the last thing she packs away.

This way, you're not going to feel overwhelmed as you see other decorations in your home still lying around.

Plus, you'll get the satisfaction of seeing your house back to its old self as soon as your tree is in its box.

Vicky recommends first taking off the decorations and wrapping delicates one up to ensure they don't break while in storage.

She adds: "Heavier baubles go on the bottom of the box and lighter ones on top.

"Use soft ones to pad out the in-between."

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Finally, tinsel and ribbons are taken off the tree.

If your tree doesn't have built-in lights, you can use the wrapping paper roll hack from earlier to keep them tangle-free until next year.

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