Secrets to Storage Success From a Holiday Hoarder

16237632231_9f40e60643_k-2Putting away Christmas decorations is not nearly as fun as putting them out on display. It’s always a little sad to say goodbye to all the sparkle. But at the same time, it feels good to free up some real estate in your house for other things.

When you have as much holiday decor as I do, you can’t put it all away in a day. It takes a week, maybe, if I pack carefully and put things away in a neat and organized fashion. This, my friends, is the trick to making your life easier next November or December, when you pull it all out again.

When it comes to Christmas storage, I have a few secret weapons.

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LABEL EVERYTHING

I can’t stress this enough. Don’t just write “Christmas” on the label. I like to write things like “angels,” “jewel tones,” “silver tinsel trees,” and “felt ornaments.” You never know when the urge to decorate a Fourth of July tree will strike, and you will want to know exactly where your red tinsel is.  If you have a label machine you can save a little time, but I find that tape and a pen work just as well. This year, I’m trying dry-erase tape, so I can edit next year as needed.

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TUBS

I store everything for all my holidays in big color-coded tubs. If the tub is not color coded, then it’s clear, so that I can see inside. I keep it simple and easy: for Valentine’s Day, orange and black for Halloween, blue for Easter, and red and green for Christmas.

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TREE BAGS

Keep your trees from getting dusty in the attic! These handy-dandy bags from Treetopia come in a myriad of different sizes and styles. I found options that will roll your tree up tight, and others that will to keep your tree upright and fully assembled all year. Another option is to keep the box your tree came in for storage.

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FREEZER BAGS

These babies are great for lights, small nativity sets, or various groupings. I always go with the ones labeled “freezer bags,” as their zippers are typically stronger. They’re a great tool to keep each strand of lights separate, so they don’t become a tangled mess over the next 11 months. Once everything is bagged, pop them in the appropriate tub and store ’em.

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ORGANIZED ATTIC

I am a holiday decorating junkie (in case you hadn’t guessed by now), so it is important that I keep my attic somewhat organized. Everything is in its own little section: Christmas is to the left, and Halloween is on the right. The people who owned my house before I did even went so far as to label different spots in the attic itself, to remember where things go.

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What are your secrets to holiday storage success? Do you swear by egg cartons for ornaments, and keep your wreaths in cases? I’m always looking for more tips and tricks to add to my arsenal.

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