Decorating for the holidays is a fun and festive activity that brightens up a house and looks great in all of those family holiday pictures you’ll be sure to take – but what to do with all the holiday trappings for the other eleven months of the year? You’ll definitely want to store your ornaments and garlands rather than buying new each year so here are 5 tips for holiday storage from Better Homes and Gardens to help you stash that mistletoe.
Label everything. Before you start packing away your decorations, the key is to label everything so you know where items are — and what they are, as well. If you plan to store more than one type of decoration in a single location, label each section to save time and frustration next year.
Use divided boxes for ornaments. Divided wine or liquor boxes are perfect for storing round or odd-shape ornaments — they’re sturdier than commercial versions and often free at your local store. Line the compartments with felt (shown) or tissue paper to protect the ornaments.
Wrap lights before storing. When taking down your lights, wrap them around a piece of cardboard or a wrapping paper tube to prevent them from getting tangled in storage. Tape the ends of the light strings to the cardboard with low-tack masking tape to keep them secure.
Repurpose a hat box. Unused hat boxes are the perfect storage solution for holiday wreaths. Find one that’s slightly larger than your wreath so you can remove it easily for next use — to give your wreath extra protection, wrap in thin plastic (we use dry-cleaning bags). Once all of your wreaths are put into boxes, store together in a closet or the garage.
Keep wrapping paper organized. Wrapping paper isn’t just used during the holidays, so save space and hassle when you go to wrap gifts by storing everything together. This over-the-door gift wrap storage organizer holds wrapping paper, ribbon, tissue paper, gift bags, and all other gift wrapping adornments.
For more tips on holiday storage, visit the Better Homes and Gardens website.