1. Storing Christmas Linens
Store your holiday linens in a suitcase to keep away the risk of moisture damage. Or keep your Christmas towels, rugs, blankets, etc. on an unused shelf in your linen or personal closet. You can put one or two lavender scented dryer sheets between the linens to keep away moths and keep them smelling wonderful. Although this method of storage takes up space in your home, it will prevent linens from developing nasty surprises when they are pulled out next year.
Never store these items in a garage, attic or place that isn't climate controlled.
2. Storing Christmas Wreaths
Whatever container you use to store your wreaths must be able to preserve it's shape throughout the year. Many storage methods smash or damage a wreath, especially the extra bows and decor that may be attached. Look for wreath storage that preserves the shape and decorations of the item so that it will be usable for years to come.
3. Storing Christmas Trees
Although the box your artificial tree came in may seem like the perfect one to repack it in for storing, this isn't the wisest idea for preservation. The cardboard boxes begin to deteriorate making them more prone to insect infestation. Try a commercially available Christmas tree bag or Christmas tree box.
4. Storing Christmas Ornaments
Special ornaments most often benefit from being stored in the boxes that they came in. You can store smaller ornaments in an egg carton.
Plastic ornaments that are not fragile can be stored in plastic sandwich bags as well.
5. Storing Christmas Candles
Wrap the candles in old socks or knee-high stockings to prevent scratching. Make sure to store the candles away from the heat of the attic or other areas which can melt the candles.
6. Storing Christmas Decorations for Reassembling
Before you take down Christmas Decorations for storing, take pictures to remember the way you set up your decorations.
Then take everything down in reverse order of the way it was put up. Store your pictures in your holiday organizing notebook.
7. Storing Decorations and Planners
Don't pack away your holiday planning notebook. You will need this notebook during the year to keep track of recipes, address changes, gift ideas and gifts purchased. Store this notebook on a bookshelf in an out of the way space that is still accessible throughout the year.
Do away with the tangled mess of years past by organizing your Christmas lights before you pack them. Make sure to dispose of any lights that have been damaged or are not working properly. You will save yourself storage space.
9. Labeling Christmas Storage
Save yourself time next year by thoroughly labeling your Christmas decorations. Make a detailed inventory on the outside of each box. Number the boxes so that you'll know how many you have (i.e. Box 1 of 12). Labeling the boxes this way, also lets you order them according to how they should be unpacked. Consider wrapping your Christmas decoration boxes in wrapping paper for easy identification.
10. Unpacking the First Christmas Box
Be sure to prominently label the first box to be opened at Christmas.
Box 1 could contain your advent calendar, tree stand, Christmas cards, or whatever you need at the beginning of the Christmas season. Having the first box marked will help to locate those most important items that kick off the holiday season.