Undecking the Halls: How to Store Holiday Decorations

December 26, 2014 10

Undecking the Halls: How to Store Holiday Decorations

You might think that getting prepped for the holiday season is the hard part. But once New Year’s is behind you, a new battle begins–figuring out how to pack up and store your Christmas/ Hanukkah/Kwanza accoutrements.

If your collection seems to have doubled yet again this year (curse those post-holiday sales!) and you know there’s no way you’re going to get all of those baubles back in their original boxes, then check out these no-fail ways to keep your holiday décor in check.

Get the Basics

Ditch the original boxes your décor came in and get reusable storage. Fabric bins and plastic storage containers can be used to organize everything from ornaments to trim. And unlike cardboard boxes, they won’t fail under pressure (or after multiple uses).

Before you tuck the bins away in a closet or pile them in the attic, attach a label. It’ll make searching for the holiday lights or trying to find the menorah that much easier.

Wrap it Up

Your “Waterloo” every January 2nd is figuring out an easy way to store rolls of wrapping paper. Regular storage containers often don’t have the length you need. It’s time to think outside the box.


Under-bed Gift Wrap Storage

This gem is designed just for gift wrap, with room for several rolls, as well as ribbons, bows, and flat wrap. And when it’s all packed up, just slide it under the bed until next year!

Trash Can

This is a simple solution for folks interested in waterproof storage. Look for a good – sized can (at least 2 feet tall) with a lid. No need to get stainless steel (unless you’re looking for aesthetic); a simple, sturdy, plastic can will do. This is a great solution for stashing the wrap in a garage or attic.

Make it Look Good

You home’s lack of square footage means you need to pick holiday storage that doubles as décor.


Storage Unit with Drawers

Use this unit to tuck away ornaments and other holiday tchotchkes. The basket drawers are easy to access and way better looking than plastic storage bins. That said, you may need to employ smaller containers with lids to keep each drawer in tip-top shape.


Storage Bench

This isn’t the best pick for those with loads of décor. But for singletons in a small apartment looking for a creative way to hide a few holiday items, it’s a primo choice. You can opt for a bench (or trunk) that just has center storage or split the difference with one that also has side cubbies with baskets or drawers.

Hide it Away

No room in the basement or attic? These solutions help you organize holiday décor in other out-of-the-way areas.


Under-bed Ornament Organizer

Utilize the storage space under your bed by tucking ornaments into an organizer with dividers and a clear top. This baby is a brilliant solution for two reasons: it’s already divided up into sections to protect your breakables and it zips closed to keep your décor from collecting dust.

Closet System

Nobody wants to admit that they have so much holiday décor it takes up an entire closet. But it does. And stacking storage containers just isn’t cutting it. You need to bust out the big guns and invest in a closet system. The bonus? Installing a system is going to get your décor so organized, you may discover you have a little extra space to store other items (winter coats, perhaps?).

Deal with Outdoor Décor

Don’t forget about bigger items like wreaths, outdoor light strings and even lawn décor.

Oversized Bins

Much like wrapping paper, these items are usually too big to fit in regular sized storage containers. Pick oversized bins with lids, label and then stack them in a wall storage system.


Wreath Keeper

Special containers designed just for holding a wreath will protect your door décor from getting dirty or crushed. You can stow it away by itself or put it inside a larger bin with other holiday items.


Light Reels

Stowing the light strings without tangling or breaking bulbs can make even the most organized decorator crazy. Look for storage reels specially designed for gently rolling up and stowing the strings of lights.


Comments (10)

  1. Great ideas on xmas storage! I bought light reels last year, which saved me a ton of time when i decorated the house this year. Really like the storage containers ! I will need to purchase a few for ornaments and wrapping paper. Do you sell these? Thanks Gary G

    - Gary Genz
  2. Excelente !!!

    - Irma L Sanchez
  3. Love storage boxes – especially wreath keeper – but need plastic containers (all sizes) for wreath to keep them from being crushed.

    - Lorna Young
  4. @june v hicks. Last year at Lowes I bought a heavy nylon tree bag with zippers and wheels. It holds a 7 1/2 ft tree I’m loving it. I do like the under bed roll paper storage sold here at B&B

    - Leah aaron
  5. No prices on these items?
    I’d love to get the under-bed storage container, but no link to order it, or even find the prices.

    - Janet Heym
  6. Alot of great ideas I never thought of. Most are space saving for me.

    - Iris Adler
  7. Don’t forget about the vacuum bags for all the linens: pillows, tablecloths, stockings, Xmas throws.

    - Kathie Dalke
  8. I would like storage for my dismembered artificial Christmas tree. Would a heavy duty suit bag help? The tree boxes fall apart. And you can never put anything back into a box that a macine packed it in. How about a tote when it was thin & you could put the stand in that place. This would be weather proof and would store easily in a closet. Make the tote about 4 ft long & whatever wide. Make sure the tote has a squared off shape. Different sizes would work for 3 ft. Trees and 6 ft trees. The extra room could used to store gift labels, extra Christmas cards. Or tree ornaments, garland, etc. I hope my idea can be made. Christmas colors would be best!

    - June V Hicks

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