Last updated: December 10, 2019
Pulling all of your decorations out of storage means the holiday season has arrived. It goes by in such a blur, it can feel like you spend more time prepping for the holidays than actually celebrating. After the whirlwind of shopping, decorating, cooking, and greeting family has gone, and the day comes to clean up and organize, you could really use some new Christmas decoration storage ideas.
All the colorful joy your decorations brought you over the past weeks must be put away and stored for next year’s festivities. Do your future self a favor by storing Christmas decorations with care. Avoid the stress of dealing with tangled and broken lights, squished Christmas trees and wreaths, and broken ornaments. If your collection of holiday decorations exceeds storage space at your home, you can always grab some Christmas decoration storage containers and keep them at CubeSmart until they are needed again next year!
Things as simple as an inventory card listing the contents of all your storage containers alleviates half the stress. Keep reading for more tips to help next year’s decorating run smoothly, and hopefully allow you more time to celebrate.
"Unpack First" Box
You may need some items for decorating and preparing sooner than others. Having an “unpack first” box is a great way to avoid digging through every storage box early in the season. If you're storing Christmas decorations in the garage, it's also a good way to organize and keep things in order.
Think about how your holiday season progresses: Is hanging lights on the house your first priority? Do you start working on your holiday cards before you decorate the house? Does holiday baking begin before putting up wreaths and garland? Are you an early gift buyer? (Hint: we also have tips on where to hide Christmas presents.)
Whatever your holiday celebration system is, store items in the order you use them instead of by type, and you just may be able to avoid it looking like the holidays exploded in your living room.
Holiday lights help to make the season bright, but if your lights look like a jumbled ball when you pull them out of storage, the season will not start off so merry. Many holiday light storage products exist that help avoid this tangled mess, but a cheap and easy solution is to recycle a cardboard box. Cut leftover gift and shipping boxes into strips to wind your strings of holiday lights around. Cut out a slot on each end to secure the ends and keep the lights from slipping off.
Another option is to wrap them around a cardboard tube, like a paper towel roll. Place the lights in a plastic bag and label them so you know what they are meant to decorate: tree, windows, fireplace, etc. Doing this will make sure you always know you have enough lights.
If you trim the outside of your house in lights, consider using a hose reel on wheels to wind and store your lights. The bonus of this idea is that the lights not only unwind easily, they are easy to move around the house. Outdoor Christmas decorations bring cheer to the whole neighborhood, so don't let them stress you out!
If you are like most people, you have ornaments that have varying degrees of sentimentality and fragility. Plastic ornaments are easily stored in bags and a storage box, but special, delicate, and vintage Christmas decorations need extra care. Hot glue plastic cups to cardboard and insert into plastic bins for safe and affordable Christmas ornament storage. Smaller ornaments can be stored in egg cartons and put in a storage box.
Even if you have a small apartment, decorations like ornaments make any space feel festive and bright. Making smart use of space will save your shelves from overcrowding.
Trees and Wreaths
Alternative Christmas trees, wreaths, and garland are great for convenience, but storing them can be a pain. Most people are not fortunate enough to have space to store an assembled tree all year. Taking it apart is usually the best (or only) option, even if you have a storage unit. But, when the assembly instructions inevitably disappear, a backup plan is needed. Disassemble the tree one level at a time. Once all the branches from one level are off, secure them with rope or duct tape and number each layer with a label. Space-saving Christmas tree storage is solved, and next year, the tree will go together in a snap!
For wreaths, simply add a zip tie so you can hang it on a hanger and cover it with a garbage bag, which acts like a garment bag. Now you can hang your wreaths up in a closet or on a rack in your garage or storage unit. Sew Many Ways shows you how to do it step-by-step.
Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons
If you've got a hefty collection of holiday wrapping paper and ribbon, you're going to want to store it for next year. After all, you're not going to use Santa printed paper in April. A tip from The Chic Home is to put wrapping paper tubes in a garment bag and hang it in a closet. This way it's out of the way and safe from wear and tear.
Ribbon has the ability to take a gift-wrapped package from just a wrapped box to a work of art. Keep your ribbon from getting into a tangled mess by using one of these three easy ideas: