Easy & Smart Tips for Storing & Organizing Christmas Decorations safely. These tips will help to make decorating easier for next year. Plus will help you detangle, declutter, condense, and protect all your Christmas decorations.
Smart Tips for Storing & Organizing Christmas Decorations
It’s that time of year again, taking down all the Christmas decorations and storing them until next year. I don’t know about you, but I’m always more excited about decorating for Christmas than taking down the decorations.
All the ornaments, garlands, lights, wreaths, garlands, trees, and other decor touches that make our home so cozy and welcoming during the holidays can become a nightmare to deal with when the season is over. It seems like such an endless task and is a bit depressing to put things back to “normal”.
Easy No Hassle Christmas Storage Solutions
Purge, Purge, Purge
First, check your Christmas boxes and pull any ornaments/decorations that were not used this year and you don’t foresee using next year unless they hold sentimental value. Set these aside for a garage sale next fall. I am a big fan of purging if you can.
You could donate items now, or store them in a labelled box that you put away with your decor and then plan to donate it come November next year.
Storing Christmas Ornaments
Group ornaments by theme, or by room, or by tree if you have multiple trees. We use a Christmas ornament storage box. It is see-through and you can clear organize them by color or theme. It really works well for us.
Another great idea is to organize your ornaments by color and store them in large or extra large plastic zip bags. Place those bags in a nice large tote.
Garland & Lights
Wrap garland and lights around each bag or box to keep them from tangling. Most of us have extra cardboard waiting to be recycled after the Christmas festivities; who knew it would come in super handy for light storage!
Organize and keep them detangled by wrapping lights and/or garland around a piece of cardboard. Once done, place in a large tote for storage. If you don’t have cardboard and an empty paper towel tube can work just as well.
I always get sad saying good-bye to my tree…
We have a pre-lit tree. It makes a huge difference in putting up and taking down our tree. It also means less for organizing. I would HIGHLY recommend purchasing a pre-lit tree if you can. We store ours back in the basement in the original box.
If you are concerned about water damage or the possibility of little rodents eating away at your box. I would then recommend purchasing Christmas Tree Storage bag.
Using Storage Totes
Store other decorations in tubs or bags by room or area. We used to have garland and lights on our front door. I kept the garland with lights wrapped around it in a garbage bag labeled “front door.” In another garbage bag, I had the garland and lights wrapped around it for our upstairs balcony. This easily allowed us to identify where each goes. Especially since the garland was already measured and cut for each specific area.
Labeling other items
When things are labeled by room, you’ll be able to take only the items for each room to decorate at a time. It’s less overwhelming than having all your Christmas decor out because you have to dig through nearly every box to find what you need for a room.
Other Christmas Storage Tips – For Christmas Lights and Ornaments
If you buy decorations during this year’s after Christmas sales, be sure to store them with the appropriate items for next year you’re likely to not find them when they’re needed. There were a couple of years ago when I had to go buy new hooks because I didn’t store the $0.10 packages I’d bought the previous year with the ornaments, or was finished decorating the tree when I found a couple of new ornaments I’d bought that no longer had a place on the tree.
Store Christmas candles, paper towels, napkins, etc. with your Christmas decor so you’ll find them when it’s time to use them and they won’t be taking up space in your kitchen for an entire year.
My husband used to hate getting everything out for Christmas. By being better organized, we have made it less of a chore and now he seems to enjoy decorating for Christmas. Who knows? Maybe he’s just learned to better humor me!