Store Your Christmas Decorations
It's the annual holiday decorating headache: taking down the Christmas tree, untangling the lights and garlands, sorting through damaged ornaments, wrangling the wrapping paper. Ugh. Well, no more!
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The hassle ends this season once you organize everything as you put it away. You can buy plastic wreath boxes and special reels for Christmas lights, but they're not necessary if you use a little ingenuity and a few items you probably have around the house right now to store your Christmas decorations.
Save Plastic Packs for Christmas Ornaments
If you buy fruit at a wholesale club, you probably have at least a couple of plastic bubble packs on hand. They can protect delicate Christmas ornaments just as well as they once protected your apples and pears. Smaller ornaments fit nicely into plastic or foam egg cartons.
Repurpose Empty Rolls for Gift Wrap
Empty toilet paper or paper towel rolls hold leftover wrapping paper neatly in place, ready for use next year. Store in plastic bins so you can stack your Christmas decor in a convenient closet or garage.
Coil Garlands Inside Water Bottles
Feed beaded garlands into an empty water bottle. The beads coil themselves neatly and come out with nary a snarl nor tangle when you're ready to use them again.
Use Plastic Cups for Ornaments
Grab a storage container and a stack of plastic cups. You have the makings for a DIY crush-proof ornament storage box. They act as dividers in totes, and with a piece of cardboard or bubble wrap below and over the top of the cups, your ornaments, tree topper, Christmas village and Santa figurines will stay safe until the next holiday season.
Slide Christmas Wreaths onto Hangers
Slide a hanger into each side of a wreath's frame, and then use a rubber band or hair elastic tie to attach the top of the wreath to the top of the hanger. Voila! The wreath can just hang around until next year.
Add More Hangers for Christmas Lights
Wrap Christmas lights around plastic hangers to keep them tangle-free. Add one or two more hangers to hold your extension cords. Such a simple, clean storage solution!
Tuck It into a Portable Closet
No spare closet? No problem. Zip your holiday decorations, wrapping paper, gift bags and other Christmas essentials into the dust-free environment of a portable canvas closet. Artificial Christmas trees, depending on the size, may also fit in the storage closet.