8 Holiday Storage Solutions
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Lights
Whether strung around the tree or dazzling the neighbors out front, the number of hours shining can add up. In some cases, can even get a few strands in a bunch.
Organize the Lights
Here’s a bright idea: Choose a storage bin that’s see-through and has plenty of space for corraling and separating the different strands.
To buy: Large wing-lid light storage box, $20, containerstore.com.
Boughs of Holly
Found a holiday wreath for the front door that was just right? At last. Since it's faux, you can bring it out again next year.
To buy: From $20, target.com
Store the Wreath
This round red canvas storage bag safely protects your wreath during the off-season. Lay it flat on a shelf or use the handles to hang from a hook.
To buy: Honey can do 30" zipper canvas wreath storage, $13, walmart.com.
From treasured keepsakes that your children made to oversized giittery balls, ornaments might be your most delicate holiday decor.
Protect the Ornaments
Since it takes a lot of ornaments to trim the tree, make sure you have a durable storage box with plenty of slots for stowing each piece.
To buy: Real Simple holiday 64-count ornament storage, $13, bedbathandbeyond.com.
Sparkling Silver Strands
Whether hung along the mantel or cascading down the stairwell, this embellishment needs to look alive. By alive, we mean fluffy and festive.
Preserve the Tinsel
Maintain its shiny and plump disposition by storing tinsel (this one holds up to 9 feet) in a spot that will keep it from getting flat and dusty.
To buy: Garland storage bag, $45, amazon.com.
You stocked up. In fact, you gave Santa’s workshop a run for its money. But, it's inevitable: You bought too much. The good news is that holiday wrapping paper never goes out of style. The trick is learning how to keep it around so that it’s ready to roll next season.
Store the Wrap
A Christmas wish come true: An all-in-one organizer that keeps everything (wrap, scissors, tape, labels) properly stowed away.
To buy: Holiday wrap & tote organizer in chevron, $20, containerstore.com.
Ribbon Runneth Over
The gifts with the coordinating ribbons tucked beneath the tree get the most attention. Ribbon is worth every inch. Plus, it's a gift wrapping tool that's reached for all year long.
Organize the Ribbon
This box keeps the ribbon neatly rolled, separated, and ready to unravel at any moment. The year just got a whole lot brighter.
To buy: Stacking ribbon dispenser box, $13, containerstore.com.
Set the Holiday Table
Some households break out special plates and platters (think the salad plates with the turkey, the tea cups with the holly) to make those once-a-year-holiday-appearances.
Stow the Dinnerware
There's no cutting corners when it comes to storing certain items safely away. Certain items (read: stuff that breaks into a trillion tiny pieces) should be well-protected when stacked away, which is why we liked the idea of thick felt dividers.
Abundance of Holiday Cards
Once the holiday greetings come down from the mantel, it’s nice to have a safe storage place for keeping them nestled away.