If you celebrated Christmas this year, you are likely ready to take down your decorations (if you haven’t already). Here are some suggestions to store your holiday wreaths, ornaments, and knickknacks so they stay protected and can be unpacked easier next year.
Artificial trees must be broken down and stored, and there are numerous storage solutions available to you. My favorites are the tree storage bags with metal boning. The boning prevents the container from falling over and crushing your expensive tree. You want nice wide handles and wheels are ideal.
If you have a real tree that is ready to go, you have a few options. Stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s will often take your trees, as will local Boy Scout and Girl Scout groups. Or you can call your local municipality, as many governments have erosion programs that utilize old Christmas trees.
It is so tempting to toss all those little lights into a bag promising to figure it all out next year. But you’ll only pay for this when you try to unpack them again. Instead, try wrapping them onto plastic spools. They are easy to wrap around and easy to get off. If those are too expensive, you can find tutorials online that will show you how to wrap them on a standard coat hanger.
It’s also a good idea to keep a spool of extension cords in the same box or near your Christmas lights. This prevents you from searching for the connections you need to hang up lighting the following year.
Some ornaments have a strong sentimental value and deserve a little extra protection. Pre-sized ornament boxes are great for these. Just make sure that the openings are adequate for your needs. Measure your largest ornament then use it as a guide. It is better for the openings to be too large than too small. It is also more space-friendly to store ornaments in a container than in their original boxes. The boxes wear out over time and take up far more space than necessary.
For storing wreaths, we use wreath shaped-containers for medium to large wreaths. Smaller versions can be stored with your garland in a large storage tub.
We invest a lot of money into our Christmas decorations and they should be treated and stored well. Happy New Year!