How to Store Holiday Decor

Cards, Wreaths, Ornaments, Trees, Figurines... How to Store Your Holiday "Stuff"

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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    Ornament storage

    Ornament Storage Trays from the Container Store
    Ornament Storage Trays from the Container Store. Photo / Container Store

    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.

  • 02 of 11

    Holiday light storage

    Christmas lights on house
    Barrett & MacKay/All Canada Photos/Getty Images

    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.

  • 03 of 11

    Christmas tree storage

    Christmas Tree and Holiday Decor Storage Ideas
    Christmas Tree and Holiday Decor Storage Ideas. Photo / Tumblr

    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 Work Station
    Photo / The Container Store

    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.

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    Holiday card storage

    White Greeting Card Organizer from the Container Store
    White Greeting Card Organizer from the Container Store. Photo / Container Store

    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:

  • 06 of 11

    Ribbon storage

    Bright Satin Ribbon from The Container Store
    Bright Satin Ribbon from The Container Store. Photo / The Container Store

    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:

  • 07 of 11

    Wreaths & garland storage

    Christmas Wreaths and Decor
    Christmas Wreaths Collage. Photo / Rafter Tales

    Just like with fake trees, proper storage solutions for wreaths and garland will help them keep their shape. Try these:

    • No Santa hat necessary to store your wreath in this flexible holder: Wreath Chest 42" with Center Storage. This is so light-weight, anyone can retrieve your wreath from it's storage spot.
    • A Wreath Storage Box, lacks the flexibility of a bag, and can be heavier, but it's much easier to stack.
  • 08 of 11

    Figurines, tchotchkes & baubles storage

    Water Globe Wreath from Target
    Water Globe Wreath from Target. Photo / Target

    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
    • Menorahs
    • Any type of specialty candle holder
    • Nativities
    • Snow globes

    If it's a snow globe, take extra care and definitely wrap this in bubble wrap.

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  • 09 of 11

    Wrapping supply storage

    Cool Yule Gift Wrap Collection from the Container Store
    Cool Yule Gift Wrap Collection from the Container Store. Photo / Container Store

    Gift tags, scissors, tape -- they all need a proper storage space, too. I recommend you store these with your gift wrap.

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    Mailing lists for cards and invitations

    Holiday Party Invite with Ornaments
    Holiday Party Invite with Ornaments. Photo / Tinyprints

    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

    Heart cookie cutters and cookie dough
    Rebecca Emery/Digital Vision/Getty Images

    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.