How To: Store Holiday Decorations

When it's time to take down the tinsel, lights, ornaments, and garlands, these DIY solutions will keep the holidays from taking over your home during the rest of the year.

  1. Protect Fragile Ornaments

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    How to Store Christmas Ornaments

    Hang on to gift and shipping boxes and use them to store tree ornaments. Delicate glass and ceramic pieces can be stored in reused tissue paper or packaging materials. Alternatively, you can hot-glue plastic cups to cardboard sheets, and then place the sheets into a larger bin for a zero-risk solution.

    Related: 45 Insanely Easy-to-Make Holiday Ornaments

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  2. Label the Boxes

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    Labeling Christmas Ornaments

    When you're boxing up decorations, make an inventory of what's in each box and label accordingly. Come next year, you'll be able to unpack the exact decorations you need, cutting down on setup time.

    Related: 15 Insanely Easy Ways to Decorate for the Holidays

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  3. Nestle Ornaments

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    Egg Carton Christmas Ornament Storage

    Don't throw out the egg cartons after baking your holiday cookies. Use them to store small or round ornaments. You can place multiple cartons in a larger box and hide them on a shelf or under the bed.

    Related: 10 Ways to Decorate Your Xmas Tree for Under $10

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  4. Reuse Apple Containers

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    Apple Container Christmas Ornament Storage

    If egg cartons are too small to hold your Christmas ornaments, here's a roomier alternative: plastic apple containers. Rinse and dry the apple containers, then nestle ornaments inside, close the lid, and place the plastic box gently into a cardboard box or Rubbermaid bin for extra protection.

    Related: 8 Things You Never Even Knew About Christmas Trees

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  5. Reclaim Underbed Storage

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    Christmas Garland Storage

    No room left in the basement for your extensive collection of holiday garlands? Why not try hiding them under the bed? An underbid shoe storage solution can be repurposed to keep garlands, ornaments, bows or ribbons out of the way until you need them next year.

    Related: 15 Imaginative Garlands to Add Charm and Whimsy to Your Holiday Home

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  6. Wrap Your Tree

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    How to Store Christmas Tree

    What's the secret to storing an unruly artificial tree? This blogger believes the answer is plastic wrap. While many artificial trees come with a storage bag, it's not always easy to get the branches to fit inside the bag. In such cases, you can restrain branches with plastic wrap, belts, or wide ribbons, to make sliding a tree into the storage case an effortless task.

    Related: Look Alive: 8 Ways to Make Your Fake Tree Fool Anyone

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  7. Zip 'Em Up

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    Ziplock Bags Christmas Ornaments

    If you love a color-coordinated tree, separate your ornaments before you put them away. Ornaments of a single color can be stored in a ziplock bag—just be sure not to pack bags too tight or you may discover cracked or smashed ornaments when you unbox your decorations next year.

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  8. Make a Book of Cards

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    Holiday Card Display

    If you can't part with this year's holiday cards but find yourself stuffing them into overcrowded junk drawers, here's a better solution. Take a hole punch to the edges and bind the stack of cards together using metal rings. Pack them away with the holiday decorations and display them on the coffee table next year.

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  9. Round Up Wrapping Paper

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    Store Wrapping Paper

    Plastic bag dispensers can be easily repurposed to hold wrapping paper tubes. Tack the dispensers to the wall of the craft room, the inside of a closet door, or anywhere they'll be out of the way until next year's gift exchange.

    Related: 13 Better-Than-Gift-Wrap Ideas for Packaging Presents

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  10. Stash Wrapping Paper and Supplies

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    How to Store Wrapping Paper

    Store wrapping paper rolls in that unused space at the top of a closet—up by the ceiling! Create this smart storage solution by using only anchors, screws, and some galvanized wire. You can keep ribbon smash-free in the closet, too, by using a tie hanger.

    Related: 8 Clever Ways to Reuse Wrapping Paper

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  11. Stow String Lights

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    How to Store Christmas Lights

    Face it, you’re never going to get those strands back in the box they came in—so save those shipping boxes and make your own storage panels. Just cut a slot on either side of a piece of cardboard, stick the plug in one, wrap the lights around the center, and secure the end in the opposite slot. This approach also works for garlands, beads, and other long, tangle-prone decorations.

    Related: 12 Christmas Tree Decorating Fails

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  12. Wrap a Hanger

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    How to Store Christmas Lights Hanger

    Here's another option for taming strands of Christmas lights. Select a plastic hanger with indentations for sleeves (smooth hangers won't keep lights in place), then loosely wrap lights around the hanger. Make sure to leave the two-prong plug hanging out—that way you'll be able to plug in the strand to check for burned out lights before you unwrap the whole thing.

    Related: 7 Ways to Transform String Lights from Holiday to Every Day

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  13. Wrap Up Wreaths and Garlands

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    How to Store Christmas Wreaths

    Insert the wreath into a heavy-duty garbage bag, then store by hanging on a clothes rack, in a closet, or on a garage wall. Your wreath or garland won’t get crushed, and you’re free from having to spend money on a unitasking wreath case!

    Related: The Weirdest Things Anyone Has Ever Used to Make an Awesome DIY Christmas Wreath

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  14. Hide It All Away

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    How to Store Holiday Decorations

    Once you’ve got everything stashed away and protected, stack them against the garage wall or consider building a sliding storage system along the garage or basement ceiling to take advantage of your unused space.

    Related: 9 Tips and Tricks to Cut the Christmas Clutter

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