Holiday Decoration Storage Tips


Tips for storing your holiday decorations

Organizing your decorations at the beginning of the season and at the end when it’s time to put everything away makes it easier to find what you need next year.

Here are some great tips and advice on how to properly store your holiday items so they are easy to access for this season and in good condition for seasons to come.

holiday-ornamentsOrganize and Store Ornaments

Ornaments can be fragile and so need a protective container in which to safely store them.

One easy way is to buy clear plastic bins and repurpose them specifically to cradle fragile ornaments and keep them free from damage. You can do this by first cutting a piece of cardboard to place on the bottom of the bin. Then use a glue gun to attach paper cups to the cardboard.

You can then wrap an ornament in tissue paper and then place one in each of the cups. Once the cups have been filled, close the lid on the bin and label it with sticker labels and a permanent marker so it’s easy to find later. Keep ornament styles grouped together for better organization. You can also purchase ornament storage boxes that are specifically designed to contain fragile ornaments. (Available at True Value Hardware)

christmas-lightsStore Wrapping Paper

Store your unused wrapping paper properly. Wrapping paper that is not put away carefully can become torn and wrinkled and thus unusable. The cardboard tubes left over at the end of a gift wrap roll can be used to store leftover scraps of wrapping paper. Save as many of these cardboard tubes as you need so that you have ready-made storage for your paper to use next year. Organize further by placing your rolls of gift wrap in a hanging garment bag. This adds more floor storage space and keeps the paper off the floor.

Organize and Store Holiday Lighting  

Keep holiday light strands untangled by wrapping them around pieces of cardboard cut to fit inside plastic storage bins. Use scissors or a utility knife to make a small notch on opposite corners of the piece of cardboard. You can use these notches for the plugs on each end of the cord.

Label the bin with the type of light inside. You can also purchase cord reels designed for long strands of outdoor lighting to keep them untangled and easy to deploy. If your lights came on a reel, don’t discard the reel, use it to wind up the lights and store them away.

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