The holidays have come and gone, and although we’re tempted to leave our Christmas decorations up all year, they’ve gotta come down sometime. In order to ensure safe storage and frustration-free decorating once the holiday rolls back around, we’ve compiled a few genius ideas to help store all your favorite decorations for the long, Christmas-less months ahead.
Ornaments and fragile collectibles
For anything glass, spherical or generally delicate, compartment storage is the way to go. Unlike old shopping bags or cardboard boxes, products like the Archival Ornament Storage Box or Snap ‘N Stack storage containers are actually meant to store Christmas decorations—they feature separate compartments for individual ornaments, which make packing and unpacking a breeze. And if your storage area of choice happens to be an attic (or another place subject to extreme temperatures), these boxes can help keep your priceless keepsakes a lot safer than a cardboard box will.
Wrapping paper, bows and gift boxes
If you’ve got leftover wrapping paper, store the tubes in a tall trash can in a spare closet, attic or garage to avoid crushing or bending them. (Wrinkled wrapping paper is never a good look.) If you have a guest room, take advantage of the extra storage space and store wrapping paper in a long, under-the-bed storage container to avoid damage from the heat and moisture that can invade a garage or attic.
To keep pre-made bows fluffy and shapely, stick an empty toilet paper roll in the holes of the bow. For ribbon and string, splurge on a stackable ribbon dispenser box to avoid the dreaded ribbon tangle.
Taking out and putting away Christmas lights is probably the most frustrating part of decorating. A Christmas light storage wheel can help you avoid frustrating knots and damaged lights. If you’re not in the market for new gadgets, you can achieve the same effect by wrapping your lights around a piece of cardboard or a flattened gift box to keep them straight and detangled.
If you’re a Christmas light connoisseur and have quite a few strands to store, a Christmas light storage bag can hold several reels of wound-up lights and make unpacking and decorating that much easier. Look for bags made from sturdy nylon that will hold up to the elements, even in a Texas attic in August.
Artificial trees and wreaths
Last but certainly not least, store your Christmas tree in a storage bag made specifically for artificial trees to keep it safe and undamaged. Christmas tree storage containers are especially valuable for pre-lit artificial trees, which can get expensive and frustrating should one or more of the lights get damaged. Similarly, a wreath box will keep your decorative wreaths in shape and like-new during the non-holiday months. And since wreaths and Christmas trees are holiday statement-makers, it’s especially important to keep them in perfect condition!