Christmas might be the most wonderful time of the year, but there’s nothing better than getting your home back to normal once the festivities are over. But how do you store all of your Christmas decorations when you have so many? Don’t fear, we’ve covered everything from ornaments, to wreaths and Christmas trees so you can look forward to packing it all away in the most stress-free way possible.
1. Gather all of your Christmas Decorations
Start by gathering all of the Christmas decorations you put out this year, including lights, ornaments, stockings and garlands. Lay them all out neatly in the same room so you can clearly see what you have. This will ensure that you store absolutely everything in the right order the first time and don’t leave anything out.
2. Sort, Sort, Sort
Separate all of your Christmas decor out into neat piles, dividing ornaments, wreaths, garlands, ornaments, stockings and lights. Now everything’s laid out in front of you, it’s the perfect time to declutter. We all have plenty of decorations that we’ve cherished for years that are missing beads or have a crack in them. Weed out the broken decorations and get rid of them! You can always replace them and you won’t be disappointed next year when you get your decorations out and remember that your favourite ones are cracked.
3. Use Clear Boxes
Begin by storing away your shatterproof plastic ornaments , you probably have more of these than you know what to do with. Store your ornaments either by theme or colour, depending on how you want to decorate your tree next Christmas. These can be stored in large clear boxes so you can see what’s inside each one and don’t have to waste hours next year rummaging through cardboard boxes. If you want to store your ornaments by size, shape or colour, place them in clear resealable bags within the clear boxes, you’ll thank yourself next December.
Your glass ornaments will need extra care. They should be wrapped in bubble wrap and placed in a clear storage box that has dividers to separate each individual ornament so they don’t smash. From the star on top of the tree to the lights, store all of your tree decorations together to save time next year.
4. Label, Label, Label
If you have a garland for the fireplace, one for the bannister and another that goes on a shelf, wrap a label around each one so you can remember where it went, if you want to recreate the same festive look next year. This is also a great tip for separating your outdoor lights from your tree lights. And don’t forget to label your boxes. Even if they’re clear and you can see what’s inside, label them by room so you know exactly where you want those decorations to go each year.
5. Hang Your Wreath Up
Due to the large circular size, wreaths can be really difficult to store. You want to make sure the leaves look thick and luscious next year and not flat. If you have a wardrobe with lots of spare space or a cloakroom, hang your wreath up. Fasten a hanger to the wreath with some wire or string, then take a plastic bag and cut a hole in it for the top of the hanger. Simply place it in the wardrobe for safe storage until next year. Alternatively, you can store your wreath in an empty hat box if you have one large enough.
Hangers can also come in handy for Christmas lights. How annoying is it when you get your lights out every year and are met with a tangled mess? It doesn’t have to be that way! Simply wrap them around a hanger or a spare piece of cardboard for a neat and tidy hack.
6. Don’t Throw Your Christmas Tree Box Away!
Taking down your artificial Christmas tree can be a nightmare. You spent hours perfecting the branches and now you’ll be spending just as long trying to firmly fold them down so they fit back in the box. Fold the branches neatly and don’t just bunch them up, it may harm the tree when you next get it out. Remember to be gentle with your tree when storing it back in the original box, it’s going to be tucked away in there for almost a year so make sure it’s properly stored.
7. Pack It All Away for Next Year
All that’s left to do now is store all the boxes away somewhere safe and start counting down the days until you can get them back out again!