14 Super-Smart Ways to Store All of Your Christmas Decorations

1 ) Use Clear Resealable Bags

If you want to keep all your ornaments in the same container, but sorted by color, use clear gallon bags from your kitchen. Then next year, it’ll be super easy to assess your stash — and if you should stock up on any specific hues.

01 Use Clear Resealable Bags
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2) Sew Storage For Your Fake Tree

Use drop cloths to create bags for the top, middle, and bottom pieces of your artificial tree. Then you can store them in your garage all year long without worrying about them getting flat or dirty.

02 SEW STORAGE FOR YOUR FAKE TREE
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3) Wrap Lights Around Cardboard

When you wrap your lights around pieces of disposable cardboard before putting them in storage, you can write handy reminders (“only half this strand works” “use this set for the porch”) that’ll keep you organized next year.

03 Wrap Lights Around Cardboard
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4) Or, Wrap Coffee Cans In Lights

You can also try winding unwieldy strings of lights around coffee cans. Cut an X in the plastic top, and stick the plug through. Label each string with masking tape and a marker to remind you which lights go on the tree and which go around the door.

04 OR, WRAP COFFEE CANS IN LIGHTS

 

5) Keep Garland In Water Bottles

Nothing is more frustrating than when long strings of garland get twisted around all of your holiday decorations. Prevent that mishap by storing your beads in a plastic water bottle — each container will hold two strings of beads!

05 KEEP GARLAND IN WATER BOTTLES
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6) Hang Your Ornaments

You’ll know your ornaments are ready to be hung as soon as you pull them out next year if you loop the ribbon onto wooden rods in a plastic bin while they’re in storage. This tip works well for “shatter-proof” balls — but consider storing your favorite glass heirloom ornaments in individual containers.

06 Hang Your Ornaments
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7) Salvage Storage Containers From Your Home

If your original ornament boxes are dented disasters (or you just forgot to save them), don’t worry. Ask your local liquor store for wine boxes with cardboard dividers, which you can fold and cut as needed. Then layer two to three ornaments wrapped in tissue paper into each slot, placing heavier ones on the bottom. Try egg cartons for tiny trinkets, plastic produce containers or shoeboxes for bigger baubles, and paper-towel tubes for garlands.

07 SALVAGE STORAGE CONTAINERS FROM YOUR HOME

 

8) Keep Wreaths In Your Closet

This handy closet organizer is often used to hold more hangers than your rod can handle — but it’s even better suited for multiple wreaths. By hanging them in your closet you’ll prevent your favorite Christmas decoration from going flat.

08 Keep Wreaths In Your Closet
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9) Shrink Wrap Your Tree

If you store your artificial tree in the garage, this trick will keep it clean and protected all winter, spring, and summer long. When you’re ready to decorate it next year, just slice up the side of the wrap with scissors and fluff the branches into shape.

09 SHRINK WRAP YOUR TREE
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10) Use A Hanger To Store Wreaths

Treat wreaths with the same care you give your favorite party dress. Slip the hoop over the neck of a coat hanger, then cover with a plastic dry cleaning bag to prevent a year’s worth of dust from building up. Hang in a closet or from a beam in your attic.

10 USE A HANGER TO STORE WREATHS

 

11) Invest In A Clothing Rack

If you go big when it comes to wreaths (we’re talking every window, inside and out!) and don’t have space in your closet for storage, invest in a clothing rack and keep ’em wrapped in plastic in your basement or garage.

11 INVEST IN A CLOTHING RACK
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12) Don’t Let Ornaments Get Crushed

Use leftover plastic cups from holiday parties to keep your ornaments safe while in storage. Each cup can be glued to a piece of cardboard and provides a protective shell to delicate decorations — you can even stack multiple layers on top of each other in a plastic bin.

12 Don't Let Ornaments Get Crushed
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13) Get Creative With Packing

Start by packing away decorations in customizable storage that doesn’t cost a thing, such as the liquor-store castoff shown here. Tape an old holiday card onto each box, so you can easily spot it in the attic or basement, and add a label. That way, you don’t have to look through 10 boxes just to find the tree topper.

13 GET CREATIVE WITH PACKING

 

14) Determine What You Should Keep VS. Toss