These tools can be used to store your holiday decor, gift wrap, trees, and all manner of cheer in your basement or attic. I have chosen products that fit my top storage requirements: space-saving, durable and budget-friendly.
It's worth it to invest is high-quality storage products for holiday decorations because you'll be using them year-after-year for a lifetime.
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Storing your ornaments is a bit more time consuming than say, storing your socks, but with the right tools, you can be assured they'll stay safe over the warmer months.
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Holiday light storage
Raise your hand if you think this is the worst part of holiday storage. You're right! Luckily I discovered a simple solution: cord wraps.
Cord wraps do exactly what they say they'll do, they allow you to wrap the lights around a specially-sized piece of plastic making the lights easier to store in a plastic bin, and--more importantly--easier to un-ravel next year. Check out these cord wraps.
Bonus: they are super affordable.
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Christmas tree storage
If you invested in a fake tree (they are pricey!), make sure you store it properly to preserve its shape and look over the long haul. The best place to store the tree is in the basement, attic or even using overhead storage in your garage. Here are some options for what to store the tree in while it's not in use.
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Gift wrap storage
Gift wrap is best stored together in a dry place (i.e., don't store it in the garage where it could get wet). I store gift wrap in a long plastic bin under the guest room bed. Wherever you decide to store it, make sure it's accessible for the holidays. Here are three ideas for how to store gift wrap.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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Holiday card storage
I buy cards throughout the year (you can often find me at Target laughing or tearing up in the card aisle) and then save them until he appropriate birthday or holiday comes around. I save mine in a shoe box. Here are some better ways to save your holiday cards:
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There are so many Martha Stewart-esque options for storing ribbon, but the main decision you need to make is whether you are looking for a ribbon dispenser or ribbon storage? If it's storage, I recommend storing ribbon with your gift wrap, if it's a dispenser, here are some options:
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Wreaths & garland storage
Just like with fake trees, proper storage solutions for wreaths and garland will help them keep their shape. Try these:
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Figurines, tchotchkes & baubles storage
For figures both small and large, I like to use project bins. Wrap them in either bubble wrap or paper, and store them for the summer. Here's what I would include in this group:
- Advent calendars
- Any type of specialty candle holder
- Snow globes
If it's a snow globe, take extra care and definitely wrap this in bubble wrap.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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Mailing lists for cards and invitations
In How to Organize Your Holiday Card Mailing, I recommend a few ways to store and edit your holiday card list. My favorite is Google Docs. You can create your own DIY holiday card/invite list in an excel spreadsheet and access it from any computer or device. If you prefer a handwritten list, I like the flexibility of note cards.
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Baking supply storage
In How to Store Everything in the Kitchen, I recommend two options for storing baking sheets and pans. For holiday baking, you will be storing more specialized items like cookie cutters, piping bags, and holiday-themed tins.
- For storing these items, I go back to my tried-and-true method of creating project bins. This way you can easily retrieve your holiday-themed bake-ware without it crowding out your everyday cooking supplies.
- And for small items like cookie cutters and decorations, I like these handled storage baskets.