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14 Clever Christmas Storage Ideas for Your Holiday Décor


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You came. You unwrapped. You Christmas-ed. And now, it’s time to put it all away. You could throw all of your décor in the basement as is, or you could keep things nice and organized — not to mention safe from damage! — with these clever Christmas storage finds. Trust us: It will pay off come next holiday season!

Christmas Storage Made Easy 

Most Christmas storage can be broken down into four easy categories, with allotted stowage for your tree, lights, ornaments, and wrapping paper. Read on for a few tips for how to best store each one. 

Christmas tree: You’ll want to follow your artificial tree manufacturer’s instructions to determine whether it will keep best in pieces or simply as is. Before storing, disconnect any plugs you connected for pre-lit lights. If you’re separating your tree into sections, you should work your way from the top to the bottom. As you go, carefully fold in all your branches. You can also Saran wrap them to avoid any unnecessary damage. Store your tree in a durable, safe container or bag ($79.99, Amazon) in a dry, temperature-controlled area that’s out of the way. 

Christmas lights: Storing Christmas lights involves more than just plucking them off the tree and tossing them in a bin. For one thing, you’ll want to check for any broken bulbs, replacing them as you go so that you won’t need to worry about it in the coming year. From there, you can either string your strands around a light reel ($27.89, Amazon) or a piece of cardboard before placing them in a storage box ($17.99, Amazon) for safe-keeping. 

Christmas ornaments: Ornaments are treasured keepsakes you — and your family — will cherish for years to come, with some even being passed down to future generations. Needless to say, you’ll want to take good care of them. Tissue paper is a good idea for wrapping delicate glass or ceramic ornaments. You can also use old egg cartons or apple containers for some extra padding in an ornament storage box ($29.99, Amazon). 

Christmas wrapping paper: Instead of stuffing wrapping paper away in the back of a closet, where it will likely get squished and crinkled, keep it neat and organized with a wrapping paper holder ($31.99, Amazon). Here, you can also stow your ribbons, bows, scissors, and tape, so they’ll be ready to go whenever you need them next. 

Ready for clean-up? Keep scrolling for FIRST for Women’s picks for the most clever Christmas storage finds around. 

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