I never know where to start. The task seems so overwhelming. I start by filling the storage containers that are downstairs in the basement, by picking the one on top. Finishing that box then moving to the next. I leave the tree for last since it takes the longest. All those delicate ornaments go back in their boxes carefully wrapped.
These are almost all the boxes of decorations. We have several more that I didn't use this year so obviously there's no need to pack them & they stay in the crawl space.
The easiest boxes to start with are the plush. It's a little but definite difference.
I like using a tray to carry things downstairs making things easier for me.
On a warmer day I'll take down the outside decorations. I've got this down to a science & it comes down in about 20 mins.