14 Super-Smart Ways to Store All of Your Christmas Decorations
Make the teardown (and next year's routine) less painful with these clever ideas.
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.
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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.
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!
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
Keepstockings — and not the kind that hang from the mantel: Old hosiery can protect specialty candles from getting damaged. Slip knee-highs over the pillars to keep them dust-free. Then, nestle them in tissue paper to prevent dents or scratches, and stow away from heat or pressure, which can melt or warp the wax.
Tossnewspaper padding. While it might seem eco-friendly to wrap fragile ornaments in yesterday's news, the ink can smudge decorations. Opt for white tissue paper (colored sheets can bleed) or plastic grocery bags.
Keepnotes about your decorations: what worked, where they went, what you need to replace — even Santa makes a list! Stash the info in the box you'll open first.
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