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How To Store Christmas Decorations: Holiday Storage Ideas and Hacks with Video

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You’re in the right place! We’ll be diving into how to store Christmas decorations, different Christmas decoration storage ideas, and holiday storage with tips and hacks. I have some easy and cheap holiday storage hacks for you!

It’s that time of year when I always breathe a big sigh as it’s time to take the holiday decorations down. I have several tips I use on how we store our artificial tree, Christmas decorations, Christmas lights, artificial wreaths, holiday items, rolls of wrapping paper, gift bags, tissue paper, gift tags, Christmas ornaments, and more. I can way to show you the easy way I take care of some of these…. and don’t forget to look back as I’m always adding more.

Here is my 3 foot tree. My kids have a little one in each of their rooms too. We pull off all the ornaments to be packed up.

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How To Store Christmas Decorations

Today we’re going to talk about some easy holiday storage ideas so we’re going to start with trees.

I cover each of them with a large garbage bag to protect them and keep the dust off of them.

Artificial Christmas Tree Holiday Storage

Here is my 3-foot tree. My kids have a little one in each of their rooms too. We pull off all the ornaments to be packed up.

This is my larger tree, and I’m going to show you how we store this. So this is just a yard bag and I’m going to grab this point and try to get it on the top. So I’m going to put it inside get one of the corners there on top and then I just work my tree down or the bag around the tree. When I get to the bottom I can use the pull tabs if I like or if I don’t have to. This just covers your tree and protects it from any dust or dirt while you’re storing it for the year. There you go that’s it for this size tree.

Now you can do this same thing for a bigger tree. I used to have about a six or seven-foot tree and I get the biggest size trash bag that you can get for your yard I pulled it out in half the top went on just like this. The bottom half was the umbrella kind so I took the base out and flipped it upside down so now the bar is on top the umbrella of the tree folds down. I stuck it in just like the other end, where the top and bottom (this would have been the stem or the base), and then it umbrellas out. I pull the tree in half or however many sections you have, get the largest garbage bag, and put it over just like this and you can easily store these and cover them without them getting any dust until next year.

Another idea is to purchase a tree storage bag, or if you’re disposing of a real tree then purchase a Christmas tree bag.

I have a smaller tree that goes in my room. I wrap the entire thing - ornaments and all with saran wrap. This keeps the ornaments in place for next year and keeps the dust off.

Now no matter what size tree you have you can also take some Saran Wrap, plastic wrap, bubble wrap, or packing tape and wrap it around your tree holding the ornaments in place, go ahead and cut it off after you get it entirely wrapped and it will seal to itself. This will keep the ornaments on and it will save you time next year when you carefully unwrap it all or cut it off and your tree will be ready to go.

I have a smaller tree that goes in my room. I wrap the entire thing – ornaments and all with saran wrap. This keeps the ornaments in place for next year and keeps the dust off.

This one is a small tree so if you have a small tree you can simply place the tree into a kitchen-sized garbage bag and then pull the bag up carefully or you could do this upside down and pull it down over the top cinch it and tie it. Now it won’t get dusty this works exceptionally well if you have a safe place to store it.

Now let's talk about ornaments and so you can buy these ornament boxes that they place the individual round ornaments in, or you can buy the other kind of boxes that have little slots that you can place ornaments in according to size. These are great because they both stack on top of each other and save you space but they can be very expensive and add up and you still need to wrap them to keep them safe over time.

Ornament Storage

Now let’s talk about ornaments and so you can buy an ornament storage box that they place the individual round ornaments in, or you can buy the other kind of boxes that have individual compartments that you can place ornaments in according to size. These are great because they both stack on top of each other and save you space but they can be very expensive and add up and you still need to wrap them to keep them safe over time.

Start by grabbing a bin of your choice from the Dollar Plus section. Cut a dowel or use giant skewers from Dollar Tree to create a hanging system inside the bin.

Ornament Organization: Start by grabbing a bin of your choice from the Dollar Plus section. Cut a dowel or use giant skewers from Dollar Tree to create a hanging system inside the bin.

Hang your ornaments on the dowel to keep them safe, untangled, and with ample space.

Hang your ornaments on the dowel to keep them safe, untangled, and with ample space.

So if you're looking for a less expensive option you can go to the dollar store and get a cupcake holder, and this also works for round ornaments they simply go into the little slots then you can place the lid on top, and you can lock it into place. If you have anything fragile you'll want to wrap it first.

Ornament Storage on a Budget: So if you’re looking for a less expensive option you can go to the dollar store and get a cupcake holder, and this also works for round ornaments they simply go into the little slots then you can place the lid on top, and you can lock it into place. If you have anything fragile you’ll want to wrap it first.

Once you have everything ready you can simply put it into a storage container of your choice whether it’s a box that you’re reusing or you could use a Rubbermaid container or storage container You also can end up with some extra spots on the side to help store some other ideas as well. Close up the box and it’s ready to be sealed and stacked.

For ornaments there are several different options to inexpensively and easily store them. Keep containers to place the ornaments in that will keep them safe and stack nicely. These containers here came from my Yankee Candle order. I love that it holds larger ornaments and odd sized ones as well.

For ornaments, there are several different options to inexpensively and easily store them. Keep containers to place the ornaments in that will keep them safe and stack nicely. These containers here came from my Yankee Candle order. I love that it holds larger ornaments and odd-sized ones as well.

You can also use drink carriers and they stack nicely.

You can also use drink carriers and they stack nicely.

Egg Cartons are wonderful to hold smaller ornaments.

Now that’s not all you can use egg cartons and when you receive your shipments this holiday season is sure to say things like packing peanuts as well as those air pockets and anything else that is in the box making things safe you can use those again and be very eco-friendly.

I hung my wreath on a hanger. I then pulled a kitchen garbage bag over my wreath. The bottom is at the top and I made a small hole for the hanger to come through. I cinched the bottom closed. This allows your wreath to hang up, stay nice, and keep the dust off.

Wreath Storage

I hung my wreath on a hanger. I then pulled a kitchen garbage bag over my wreath. The bottom is at the top and I made a small hole for the hanger to come through. I cinched the bottom closed. This allows your wreath to hang up, stay nice, and keep the dust off.

Use a hanger to wind lights up. Hang them up until next year.

Holiday Light Storage Hacks

So let’s talk about holiday lights and they sell expensive containers that wind lights. You can also find these cord winders at the dollar store and they’re pretty inexpensive at stores like Walmart and Target. All you’re going to do next is wind your strand of lights on them and that’s it and then they don’t get all tangled, they unwind nicely for next year

Now if you didn’t want to buy anything at all, and you want to use something that you have on hand you can easily use a coat hanger. You’ll start by putting the plug on one end and then you’re going to wind the light strand around the hanger. You’ll continue doing this until you get all the way to the end, and then you’ll take the other end, and plug it into the first end holding it into place.

Another option would be to cut a piece of cardboard from a cardboard box and wind your string lights around it.

Cord Organization:

Avoid tangled extension cords and knots by using a cardboard tube. Cut it in half, insert your cords, and keep them organized without any hassle. This will keep them tangle-free

Let's talk a little bit about garlands. Now you can wrap a thin garland around a cord winder. Another option is to buy a container that will fit the garland in it.

Garland Storage

Let’s talk a little bit about garlands. Now you can wrap a thin garland around a cord winder. Another option is to buy a container that will fit the garland in it. So this is a thinner garland and all I do is continue winding it around and around in the box until I get the entire garland in. If I press down a little bit, I can place the lights in with it often and put the lid on top. Now I also have a bigger Garland and all I do for that is use the same technique but I use a larger storage container for it.

I use "slap bracelets" to hold my wrapping paper together so it doesn't unravel or get torn.

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Gift Wrap Organizer

When it comes to gift wrap one of my favorite things is to put these slap bracelets around them. This keeps the paper together and stops it from catching edges.

I then place my wrapping paper in a shirt garment bag. I use a hanger to hang it up to keep it nice and out of the way.

Now one option for storing your wrapping paper is to get a garment bag and place all of your rolls of paper into the garment bag zip it up and you can hang it.

If you don’t have hanging space let’s talk about another option. Another way to store your wrapping paper is to take an old box, I’ve torn the lid

off of mine, and put the slap those bracelets on your paper so they don’t catch with each other. Then all you do is simply put your paper into the box so it stands upright you can put it in the back of a closet or store it somewhere else. If you’re worried about it getting dusty just slide a garbage bag over the top of it and you’re all set.

DIY Gift Wrapping Station:


Creating a gift wrapping station? Here’s a handy hack for you. Head over to Dollar Tree and snag one of their aprons. Begin by cutting off the neckties, then fold the top part underneath and the bottom part up. Take out your trusty hot glue gun and secure the sides and sections to craft pockets with this apron.

Choose any bucket you like; I opted for an old popcorn bucket. Wrap the apron around it and tie it in the back. Alternatively, you can glue it for added sturdiness. Now, let’s bring it all together.

Place essentials like scissors, tape, ribbon, and a pen in the pockets. In the center, stash items like wrapping paper, tissue paper, labels – everything you need for a fully equipped gift wrapping station. This not only keeps everything organized but also makes storing it a breeze once the holiday season concludes.

Place essentials like scissors, tape, ribbon, and a pen in the pockets. In the center, stash items like wrapping paper, tissue paper, labels – everything you need for a fully equipped gift wrapping station. This not only keeps everything organized but also makes storing it a breeze once the holiday season concludes.

Wrapping Paper and Tissue Storage


To pull off this nifty trick, you’ll need a Dollar Store pocket or shoe organizer and one of those convenient over-the-door hanging racks. Here’s how to get started: Take all the top pockets and skillfully cut out the bottom, creating a hole at the pocket’s base.

Hang your over-the-door rack securely on the door in your designated storage area. Hook the shoe organizer or pocket holder onto the over-the-door hanger.

Hang your over-the-door rack securely on the door in your designated storage area. Hook the shoe organizer or pocket holder onto the over-the-door hanger.

Now, it's time to tackle the wrapping paper situation. Slide it through the top pocket, threading it straight down through the bottom where you made the cut. Nestle it into the bottom pocket, ensuring a secure and sturdy hold. For an extra touch, I threw in some tissue paper and a handful of wrapping paper rolls.

Now, it’s time to tackle the wrapping paper situation. Slide it through the top pocket, threading it straight down through the bottom where you made the cut. Nestle it into the bottom pocket, ensuring a secure and sturdy hold. For an extra touch, I threw in some tissue paper and a handful of wrapping paper rolls.

If you find yourself needing more pockets, consider opting for a larger shoe organizer or a 20-pocket organizer for an even more comprehensive storage solution. You might also enjoy my tutorial on 20 Easy and Unexpected Ways To Use A Hanging Shoe Organizer, Part 4

Bows

Now I use leftover popcorn tins for so many DIYs, but one of my favorite things to do is to place my extra bows in them for next season. These stack nicely if I use them. They hold the bows nice, and I put them in they don’t get crushed and they’re protected.

I use a shoe box that I had to store ribbon.

Ribbon

I use a shoe box that I had to store ribbon.

For a tidy ribbon organization, use a Dollar Store bin. Thread your ribbons through the holes, lining them up side by side.

Another Ribbon Wrangling Option: For a tidy ribbon organization, use a Dollar Store bin. Thread your ribbons through the holes, lining them up side by side.

For extra organization, insert a skewer through the center of the ribbons, making it easy to grab and cut small sections when needed.

I collapse clothing boxes and stack them, and I fold reusable bags to use again next year. I store them all in a large box that my boots came in.

Bags & Boxes

Now you can use a container of your choice for these next two steps, and I’m using leftover shoe boxes or boot boxes. In the first box, I take all of my recycled bags and place them into the box for next year. I also take any gift wrap bags that I can use again and large bags and fold them and place them in one box.

In my other box, I take the boxes that I use to wrap things in and collapse them and store them along with any other accessories that I might want to keep with them. The great thing about doing this is that I can then stack these boxes and put them into storage.

In my other box, I take the boxes that I use to wrap things in and collapse them and store them along with any other accessories that I might want to keep with them. The great thing about doing this is that I can then stack these boxes and put them into storage.

Reusable Gift Bag Storage: Opt for reusable gift bags to reduce waste. Use a magazine rack or book container from the dollar store to neatly store them.

Tuck handles inside for added organization and easy access when needed.

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How do you organize seasonal decorations? Time to clean up all of our holiday decor, I have some easy and cheap holiday storage hacks for you!

I use a storage tote (or plastic totes) for my stockings, stocking hangers, decor, etc. Here’s a quick look at my storage space. I put all of my storage options on a shelf or two. As you celebrate the new year, I hope this helps the end of the season go smoothly when packing up your items. I also hope it helps for the next holiday season when pulling things back out as well. Where do you store your holiday décor? The garage, attic, basement? Do you have a DIY solution you want to share? Please do so in the comments below.

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  • I place my tree skirts and lights in a container so they’re all together when it’s time to put the tree up.
  • Use Christmas storage bins, or holiday bins if you like the color recognition in your storage.
  • I place my Christmas wreaths with my large garland in a large storage box
  • You can place ornaments in plastic cups to keep them safe.
  • You can purchase tree bags and place them under your live tree when you put it up. Then when it’s time to take it town, you just pull out your stand and pull up the bag. You can place your tree skirt over the bag to hide it.
  • For your Christmas tree, a plastic bag, garbage bags, or Christmas tree storage bags
  • You can purchase special boxes for your tree ornaments
  • Think outside of the box when you’re looking for storage room. Closets, under the stairs, in a crawl space, etc.
  • Find the right storage solution for you, that is the best way to be successful when creating your storage areas.
  • Use your vertical space in a closet if you have it to hang holiday wreaths, wrapping paper, light storage, and other items.
  • Wrap your delicate glass in tissue paper, bubble wrap, etc. This includes holiday candles, and place them inside plastic bins.
  • Use the Christmas cards you received and make this fun DIY

I hope this inspires you to try some of these storage ideas of your own. I’d love it if you’d subscribe to my YouTube channel and my blog Thanks for watching, and I’ll see you in my next video, and don’t forget to like share and subscribe

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How To Store Christmas Decorations Q & A

Can you store Christmas decorations in a shed? Can you store Christmas decorations in the garage? Can you store Christmas decorations in the attic?

Yes, storing Christmas decorations in a shed can be a practical and efficient solution, as long as you take certain precautions to protect your decorations from potential damage. Here are some tips for storing Christmas decorations in a shed:

  1. Climate Control: Sheds are typically not climate-controlled, so it’s essential to consider the climate in your region. Extreme temperatures, humidity, and exposure to the elements can damage decorations over time. If your shed is not insulated or temperature-regulated, you might want to avoid storing items that are sensitive to temperature changes.
  2. Containers: Use plastic containers with tight-fitting lids to protect decorations from dust, moisture, and pests. Clear containers allow you to see the contents without having to open each box.
  3. Elevate Items: Place your containers on shelves or pallets to keep them off the floor. This helps prevent damage in case of any water seepage into the shed.
  4. Wrap Fragile Items: Fragile items like glass ornaments or delicate figurines should be individually wrapped in bubble wrap or tissue paper before placing them in containers.
  5. Labeling: Clearly label each container with its contents. This makes it easier to find specific items when you’re ready to decorate next year.
  6. Rodent Prevention: Consider using rodent deterrents or traps in the shed to prevent pests from damaging your decorations.
  7. Secure Lights: For Christmas lights, use spool organizers or wrap them around pieces of cardboard to prevent tangling. Ensure that the shed is dark when storing lights to prolong their lifespan.
  8. Artificial Trees: If you have an artificial Christmas tree, disassemble it and store it in a sturdy container or bag. Make sure it’s well-protected to avoid any damage to the branches.
  9. Secure the Shed: Ensure that the shed is secure and watertight to protect your decorations from theft and the elements.
  10. Inspect Regularly: Periodically check on your stored items to make sure they are in good condition and haven’t been affected by pests, moisture, or any other issues.

By taking these precautions, you can successfully store your Christmas decorations in a shed and ensure they remain in good condition for many holiday seasons to come.

How best to store Christmas decorations?


Storing Christmas decorations properly ensures that they remain in good condition and are easily accessible for the next holiday season. Here are some tips on how best to store Christmas decorations:

  1. Organize by Category:
    • Sort your decorations by category, such as lights, ornaments, wreaths, and figurines. This makes it easier to locate specific items when needed.
  2. Use Sturdy Containers:
    • Invest in high-quality, airtight containers with tight-fitting lids to protect decorations from dust, moisture, and pests. Clear containers allow you to see the contents without opening each box.
  3. Label Each Container:
    • Clearly label each container with its contents. This step is crucial for quick identification and retrieval during the decorating season.
  4. Protect Fragile Items:
    • Wrap fragile items like glass ornaments in bubble wrap, tissue paper, or specialized ornament storage containers. This helps prevent breakage during storage.
  5. Store Lights Properly:
    • Wrap Christmas lights around spools or pieces of cardboard to prevent tangling. Consider using specialized storage solutions for lights that keep them untangled and in good condition.
  6. Disassemble Artificial Trees:
    • If you have an artificial Christmas tree, disassemble it and store it in a sturdy container or bag. This protects the tree from dust and pests and ensures it stays in good shape for the next use.
  7. Elevate Items:
    • If possible, place containers on shelves or raised platforms to prevent potential water damage in case of leaks or flooding.
  8. Climate Control:
    • Be mindful of the storage location’s climate. Extreme temperatures, whether hot or cold, can affect certain decorations. Consider avoiding storage in areas prone to extreme temperature fluctuations.
  9. Rodent Prevention:
    • Take measures to prevent rodents by sealing any gaps or openings in storage areas. Consider using rodent repellents or traps if necessary.
  10. Regular Inspection:
    • Periodically check stored items to ensure they are in good condition. This helps you identify any potential issues, such as pests or damage, before they escalate.
  11. Garage or Attic Organization:
    • If storing in the garage or attic, designate a specific area for Christmas decorations, keeping them separate from other items. This helps maintain organization and accessibility.
  12. Utilize Storage Solutions:
    • Explore specialized storage solutions such as ornament organizers, wreath storage bags, and wrapping paper containers. These can help protect specific items and make storage more efficient.

By following these tips and tailoring them to your specific decorations and storage space, you can ensure that your Christmas decorations stay in excellent condition and are ready to bring festive cheer when the holiday season rolls around again.

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21 Comments

  1. Awesome hacks! I’m always looking for new ways to organize my xmas decor! Thanks

    1. Thank you so much Tina, I hope this helps you as much as it helps me.

  2. These are great storage ideas for all those christmas items everyone has. Found you on Simple Homestead Blog Hop.

    1. Thank you so much Candy and thanks for stopping by.

  3. Lots of good tips, Chas. I started using egg cartons about 5 years ago and it has made storing our ornaments so easy. 🙂 Thanks for sharing all of your ideas!

    1. Thanks so much Linda and thanks for sharing your experiences as well. 🙂

  4. It is so hard to pack away for the season. I had to pack it really good as we are moving this summer. Wish I had seen this before. #trafficjam

    1. Thank you Tracy. I totally understand and sometimes I think I would pay someone to do the work of packing it well. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. So many great ideas on how to reuse simple, everyday items that we often think of throwing out! I love the idea of using egg cartons for ornaments. It looks like a great way to store and keep them organized. I’ll definitely be using that as a future organizing tip!

    1. Thank you so much Brooke and I’m thrilled you like these ideas and might use them for the future 🙂

  6. I especially like the tip to wrap lights around a hanger. I find they can be especially tangle-prone!
    (Visiting from the Hearth & Soul link party).

    1. Thank you so much Pauline and I hope it helps you as much as it has helped me.

  7. So many great ideas. I do a few similar things already with our decorations but the slap bracelet idea is a new one on me. Such a good idea.

    1. Thank you so much Julie and I love that we think alike 🙂 Glad you like the slap bracelet idea, thanks.

  8. Such great ideas, Chas! I particularly like the egg cartons for small ornaments. Thank you for sharing, and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party. Hope to see you again this week. Have a great week ahead!

    1. Thank you so much April and thanks for the great party.

  9. So many excellent ideas here! I use the popcorn tins to store my smaller supplies in (like strands of beads and bags of buttons), but excellent for bows and tags too! I also love the slap bracelet idea – genius!

    1. Thank you so much Alexandrea, and thank you for sharing I love those ideas 🙂

  10. Amazing ideas, like the slap bracelets..one question? When you use hot glue outside, does it ever pop off? I’ve had things fall off of a wreath, due to the cold weather..thanks for the ideas

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