How to Store Holiday Decor

These tools can be used to store your holiday decor, gift wrap, trees, and all manner of cheer in your basement or attic. These chosen products fit top holiday storage requirements: space-saving, durable and budget-friendly.

It's worth it to invest in 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 Trays

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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 Lights

    Christmas lights on house

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    Raise your hand if you think this is the worst part of holiday storage. You're right! Luckily we 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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    Gift Wrap

    Gift wrap work station

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    Gift wrap is best stored together in a dry place (e.g., don't store it in the garage where it could get wet). You could 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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    Wrapping Supplies

    Wrapped presents

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

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    Bright satin ribbon

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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, we recommend storing ribbon with your gift wrap. If it's a dispenser, here are some options:

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    Holiday Cards

    White greeting card organizer

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    Many people buy cards throughout the year and then save them until he appropriate birthday or holiday comes around. While you could save them in a shoebox, here are some better ways to save your holiday cards:

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    Wreaths and Garland

    Christmas wreaths collage

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

    • A Wreath Storage Box lacks the flexibility of a bag and can be heavier, but it's much easier to stack.
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    Figurines and Baubles

    Water globe wreath


    For figures both small and large, we like to use project bins. Wrap the items in either bubble wrap or paper, and store them for the summer. Here's what this group might include:

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

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

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  • 09 of 09

    Baking Supplies

    Heart cookie cutters and cookie dough

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    We 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, go back to a tried-and-true method and create 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, use these handled storage baskets.