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‘Tis the Season to Store: A Guide to Organizing Holiday Decorations

The holidays are winding down and it’s the time to pack away all of the Christmas and holiday decorations until next year.  

So let’s walk through the process of organizing and storing the lights, tress, wreaths, garlands and ornaments so they’ll be safely stored until it’s time to bring them out the next time.

The key to putting away decorations in a quick and organized fashion is to use specialized containers, designed to handle and hold up to moving the containers in and out of storage spaces every year.

This post will cover some of the very best options to help you organize and store everything oh so wonderfully!

Holiday Decoration Storage Essentials

To ensure a smooth de-decorating and storage process, you’ll need solutions for each category of decoration:

Ornament Storage

First, let’s start with your ornaments!

If you anything like me, you’re pretty tired of wrapping each ornament and putting them in a box.  It’s far easier to put them in a tray, stack the trays up in a container, zip the container closed and put the whole thing away.

Enter this container:

Christmas Ornament Storage - Stores up to 64 Holiday Ornaments, Adjustable Dividers, Zippered Top, Two Handles. Attractive Storage Box Keeps Holiday Decorations Clean and Dry for Next Season. (Green)

This fabric storage box holds 64 ornaments. I really like how compact this box is and the straight sides means that they will stack up nicely and not have too much of a footprint in your storage area.  

The handles on the sides make it easy to carry.  I also like that it has a space for a label.  

Bonus if you have different sets of ornaments or themes that you rotate through a few years.

Get enough to accommodate the different themes and label so that you don’t have to pull out the decorations you won’t use.

Prefer a plastic container to guard ornaments against water or moisture intrusion?

Invest in durable, clear plastic containers to keep your decorations safe from dust and pests. Clear boxes allow you to see the contents without opening them.

IRIS USA 2Pack 60Qt. Plastic Clear Ornament Storage Box with Hinged Lid and Dividers, Clear/Red

This Iris Ornament Container holds 75 ornaments and has a flip top for easy access.

Wrap smaller or delicate ornaments in tissue paper and tuck a few into each compartment for a snug, but not overly tight fit.

No matter which ornament storage container you choose, be sure to label it!

This set of labels has specific labels for all of major holidays, including Christmas, Easter, St. Patrick’s Day and more.

Wreath Storage

Wreaths are best stored either hanging on a nail so they can keep their shape, or in a storage beg so they’ll stay dust free.

Elf Stor Bag-30” Round-Protect Holiday, Easter, Fall & Christmas Artificial Wreaths & Garland-Red Zippered Canvas Tote with Handles Decorative Wreath Storage Bag, 30

This bag will keep the wreaths dry and dust free!  And the bag has handles so you can hang it on a hook up and out of the way so the wreath doesn’t get damaged and will mostly hold it’s shape..

Prefer a hard sided container because you want the extra protection?  Check out this nice option:

HOMZ Set of 3 Holiday Wreath Plastic Storage Containers, Holds Up to 24” Diameter, Secure Latching Lid and Easy Grip Handle, Stackable and Nestable, Red/Clear

This wreath storage container will really protect your wreath from literally getting bent out of shape!  It’s super easy to use and stow away until the next holiday season!

Light Storage

Christmas lights are so pretty when they’re up, but can be such a pain in the patootie when it’s time to take them down and store them.  Enter these fabulous reels:

Santa's Bags [Wire and Christmas Lighting Storage Bag] - Install N Store Light Storage Reels and Wire Spool - Includes 3 Spools, a Hanging Hook, and a Zipper Bag

We’ve used this style of reels for years and it’s been a life saver.  My husband likes to change color themes, so we have lots and lots of lights to corral. I like that they allow the lights to be rolled up in a compact way that also protects them pretty well.  We’ve not had any light breakage with these.

The reels we have aren’t available anymore, but the bonus of this set is that it comes with a bag to further protect the lights.  We store our reels in a giant plastic storage containers.  This isn’t ideal either because the tubs are pretty heavy when full!

ZOBER Christmas Light Storage - Christmas Light Organizer W/ 4 Plastic Christmas Lights Organizer Wheel - Strong & Durable Material - Stitched Reinforced Handles - Red

For a smaller amount of lights, this light storage box will work well. It’s squared off design means it’ll be easier to stack than other options.

Sterilite Christmas Light and Garland Holiday Decor Home Organizer Clear Storage Container with Red Lid and Reel Slats (4 Pack)

For larger amounts of lights, this flip top clear storage container set will work to store lights sets efficiently.

This storage container will also accommodate garlands too!


Now that the ornaments and lights are put away, you can move on to the tree!  I’ve been using a tree bag for a while since we use an artificial tree (not my choice, but I married an artificial tree guy).  But what I don’t like about our bag is that it doesn’t have any structure to it, and the tree parts spread out in the bag making it a big blob that’s difficult to move.

A quick check on Amazon reveals I’ve clearly been using an inferior bag.  Look at what I could have instead:

Elf Stor 83-DT5512 Premium Green Christmas Bag Holiday Extra Large for up to 9' Tree Storage, 1 pack x 9 ft

This tree bag seems like a much better choice because it has more structured sides that would keep the tree compact.  There’s also a canvas version that seems like an even better choice!  It’s the heavy duty version of the bag pictured above.

How to Pack Away Holiday Decorations for Annual Storage

Now that you have a plan for what container you’ll use to store your fantastic holiday decorations, it’s now time to cover how best to pack the items away.

  1. Wrap with Care: For fragile items, wrap each piece individually in bubble wrap or tissue paper. Consider using egg cartons for small ornaments—they provide excellent protection.
  2. Layer Strategically: When packing your boxes, layer heavier items at the bottom and delicate pieces on top. This prevents breakage and ensures everything stays in pristine condition.
  3. Untangle and Organize: Take the time to untangle lights and garlands before storing them. It will save you hours of frustration next holiday season.
  4. Utilize Every Nook and Cranny: Make the most of your storage space by strategically placing smaller items inside larger ones. This not only saves space but also keeps everything organized.

Over to you!

With a little planning and a sprinkle of holiday magic, the holiday decoration organization and storage process can be a delightful part of your seasonal traditions.

By treating each decoration with care and having a plan to keep everything organized you’ll be setting the stage for another year of festive joy.

When you store your Christmas decorations in a n organized and secure way, you’re ensuring everything will come out next year looking display ready.

Add to that, neatly stored decorations will take up less room, reducing sprawl in your storage space.

Until we unwrap our holiday treasures again, happy storing and cheers to a season filled with memories!

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