When the holidays are over, it’s time for the inevitable: taking down your Christmas decorations.
As you take each item off of the tree or the wall, finding the right type of storage is worth the effort — it makes your life easier when it’s time to deck the halls next year.
These clever hacks can streamline the storage process and keep your decorations safe.
1. Reuse A Plastic Bottle For Bead Storage
Beaded garland is a lovely addition to your Christmas tree, but it’s difficult to store in a box without tangling.
A simple solution is to drop the beads into a plastic bottle and secure the top with the lid.
It prevents the strand from getting caught in other decorations and prevents knotting.
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2. File Storage For Cards
Have you ever wondered what to do with the Christmas cards you receive every year?
Keep a record of your friends and memories by storing the cards in an organizer box.
Mark each section with the year, and you can always look back on Christmases past.
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3. Use An Apple Sorter For Ornaments
Delicate glass Christmas ball ornaments are a classic decoration, but they’re exceptionally fragile.
If you don’t have the original box, use a plastic apple container.
The material is lightweight but protective, so it makes storage a breeze.
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4. Add Rings For Christmas Card Memory Books
Here’s another fun way to store your Christmas cards — break out your hole punch and make them into books.
Simple metal rings accommodate all of the cards, enabling you to flip through them.
Make a cover for each stack, and you can break them out each Christmas for a nostalgic look at past holidays.
5. Repurpose Egg Cartons For Storage
Egg cartons are the perfect way to store small, delicate ornaments.
Glass balls fit neatly into the individual compartments; you can also store other small ornaments.
Just close the lid and tuck your container into a Christmas bin until next year.
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6. Plastic Drawer Gift Wrap Center
One of the best ways to save money and reduce waste is to keep leftover gift wrap from year to year.
To keep everything safe, use an affordable plastic set of drawers.
The lightweight plastic prevents crushing, and the small units fit easily in a closet.
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7. Organize Ribbon In A Perforated Bin
Do you love to wrap your gifts with ribbon?
Keep your spools safe with a cheap plastic basket.
Pull the ends through the holes in the basket and store the rolls vertically.
You can even dispense the ribbon this way for convenience.
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8. Wrap An Artificial Tree For Easy Storage
If you have an artificial tree, there’s no question — taking it down is a hassle. Instead, grab a roll of plastic wrap.
By folding the branches up in tiers, you can shrink-wrap the tree for easy storage.
Next year, just unroll the plastic and fluff the branches.
9. Cardboard Light Cards Keep Cords Neat
Have you ever spent time untangling Christmas lights?
Avoid that issue with a few pieces of cardboard.
Cut slits in the side, and you have a secure, tangle-free way to wrap your lights.
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10. Use A Light Hanger In A Décor Closet
Do you have extra closet space?
Hang your Christmas lights after the holidays.
All you need to do is wrap them around a hanger.
When it’s time to decorate the tree again, the hanger serves as a handy dispenser.
11. Use Labels To Keep Items Together
Streamline the decorating process each year by labeling the pieces.
If you have a length of garland that’s perfectly sized for the front door or banister, a simple label helps you remember where it goes.
When it’s time to decorate again, you don’t need to waste time figuring out a layout.
12. Store Supplies In Stacking Craft Boxes
Have you ever bought a new pack of gift tags or other supplies, only to discover a set that you already had on hand?
Solve that problem with an organized storage system.
Snap-together plastic bins keep everything together, and clear labels help you find what you need.
13. Labeled Bins Make Decorating A Breeze
You’ll thank yourself next Christmas when you step into the garage to discover a set of organized decoration bins.
The key is to label everything — that way, you can grab the bin you need and get right to decorating.
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14. Reuse Old Belts For Tree Storage
When it comes to putting away an artificial tree, correct storage is crucial; it prevents the branches from bending and breaking.
This clever hack uses extra belts to compress each section of the tree.
Make sure to keep the branches pointing up for easy setup.
15. Keep Ornaments Organized With Cups
How creative is this storage solution?
All you need is a pack of small plastic cups and a few sheets of cardboard cut to the shape of your bin.
Place an ornament in each cup and use the cardboard between each layer.
This strategy makes tree-decorating a breeze, and you can reuse the pieces year after year.
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16. Keep Lights Untangled With Cardboard Sheets
Cardboard sheets are the ideal way to store Christmas lights — plus, it’s a great way to use some of the packaging from your Christmas gifts.
For maximum convenience, leave plenty of space between each line of lights; this prevents tangling.
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17. Wind Lights On A Storage Reel
If you’re willing to upgrade your Christmas storage, this is a great investment.
A simple plastic reel stores your strings of lights; it also dispenses them quickly when you decorate next year.
The handy case protects the lights from moisture and dust in storage.
18. Simple Cardboard Ornament Dividers
If you’ve ever dug through a jumble of ornaments, you know that it’s a time-consuming task.
Simple cardboard dividers help make the most of small plastic bins.
Organize your ornaments by color, and you’ll be ready to create a coordinated tree next season.
19. Over Door Shoe Rack Wrapping Station
Are you working with minimal storage space?
Turn the back of a door into a gift-wrap organizer with a cheap shoe holder.
Cut the bottom out of two rows of pockets to create a convenient spot for wrapping paper rolls.
Leave the top pockets intact to hold gift tags, bows, and other supplies.
20. Hang Wrapping Paper For Easy Access
Wrapping-paper costs can add up at the holidays.
Get the most for your money by storing the rolls from year to year. The trick?
Use a clear garment bag to hold the rolls upright.
They fit into a tiny space in a closet, and you can see each roll clearly to evaluate your needs when it’s time to replenish.
Plus, the plastic protects the paper from tears and moisture.
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21. Keep Your Wreath Clean With Wrapping
The wreath is a Christmas essential, but moisture and dust can leave it looking worse for the wear.
An easy solution is to hang it on a clothes hanger, wrap a plastic bag around it, and tuck it into a closet.
This method prevents crushing and keeps the needles clean and fresh.