With some forethought and innovation, your 2019 Christmas-self won’t have to be irritated with your 2018 Christmas-self. Try some of these tips to avoid crushed wreaths, broken ornaments, tangled lights, and other décor disarray:
- Repurpose great containers to store your ornaments: egg cartons, wine boxes, red plastic cups, beverage trays and apple containers like you would find at Costco. Use a plastic water or soda bottle to store bead garland.
- Protect wreaths while in storage by hanging from hangers in a closet or placing in stackable wreath containers.
- Create a gift-wrapping station with a wastebasket, a garment or shoe bag, or even a stool turned upside-down with a few baskets attached to the sides and wheels on the bottom. Hang tissue from hangers and use magazine organizers to separate gift bags according to occasion.
- Never wrestle with tangled lights again! Wrap them around a rectangular piece of cardboard or purchasing wheels for wrapping lights.
- Use a cardboard concrete tube for storing your Christmas tree and roll it into a closet or under the bed. It keeps it compact and protected.
- For winter houses and villages or other bulky items, save the original packaging to protect the decorations and to make storage easier.
- Store candles in a cool location to maintain their shape and to prevent a melting disaster that could damage other ornaments.
- Clear, stackable plastic-tubs can hold nearly everything that doesn’t need special storage.
- Label, label, label everything! Your 2019 Christmas-self will be so grateful!
A small amount of extra effort when storing your Christmas décor this year will pay off wonderfully when it’s time to pull it all out next year. It reduces stress and frustration, a gift you can keep on giving to yourself year after year.