3 REALLY GREAT CHRISTMAS STORAGE IDEAS
For those of you who haven’t put away all of your Christmas/Holiday decorations yet, this post may help you in storing and organizing so that next year you will be off to a great start.
It never fails, every year we get all the Christmas storage bins down from the attic, open the storage bin and see the tangled Christmas tree lights and a sudden rush of anxiety flows through my body. Are they all going to work? Who is going to untangle this mess? About this time, I play Houdini and disappear to my inside job of decorating.
We have a neighbor who eliminates the tangled and all but one bulb working Christmas tree light stress by purchasing new lights each year and throwing away the old ones. This year, I noticed he didn’t put any outdoor lights up at all and instead used the star shower “As seen on TV” laser lights that just shine on the house or trees. Some people call that the lazy man Christmas lights but to each their own. I’m all about eliminating stress so I can totally understand his rationale. For our home, the kids would definitely not be happy if they came home and there wasn’t #1) A real Christmas Tree and #2) lights on the outside of the house so that’s how we eliminate stress at our house.
Other ways to eliminate stress is to make sure that you organize your Christmas/Holiday decorations so that you can enjoy unpacking next year knowing that your lights are working, your beautiful glass ornaments aren’t broken and all the new Christmas decorations you got at the end of the year sale are in mint condition.
Here are 3 really great Christmas Storage ideas.
1) Christmas Tree Lights Storage
To prevent tangled Christmas tree lights, this year I came up with an idea on the whim. There were a couple pieces of sturdy cardboard lying around that I decided to diy my own Christmas Tree lights storage.
Look around to see if you have some cardboard or flat Styrofoam lying around the garage or craft room. If not, you can get a poster size heavy duty piece of either at your local craft store. I cut a few slits in the cardboard so the lights will lie flat and not take up so much space.
Then I simply wrapped the lights around the cardboard. This held three strands of lights. Label indoor or outdoor.
I feel the anxiety already leave for next year because we know these are all working and all we have to do is unwind.
Here is another Christmas tree light organizer from Amazon if you are interested in something a little more sturdy.
2.) Christmas Ornament Storage
It would take three, maybe four, Christmas trees to decorate with all the Christmas ornaments that we have. Seriously. It is so hard to discard old ornaments when each one provides some sort of memory.
I would love to decorate a Christmas tree with just all the kids ornaments that they have made over the years. Another tree decorated with all the other ornaments which would include a lot of sports related ornaments, ornaments from places we traveled to and I always dreamed of having a “House Beautiful” magazine inspired perfectly decorated Christmas Tree. #Goal.
At the end of last year, I got a great deal on a storage bin specifically to store ornaments. It has made the process of packing and unpacking them so much easier and I know that they are going to be safe and secure. Let’s face it, we don’t all keep the nice box that the ornaments come in so we want to make sure they have a safe place to stay until next Christmas.
Here are a couple great ornament organizers very similar to the one I purchased last year.
Christmas Ornament Storage – Stores up to 64 Holiday Ornaments, Adjustable Dividers, Zippered Closure with Two Handles
3.) Christmas Tree Storage
You heard me mention that we always, and I mean always, have a real live Christmas tree every year at the request, I mean, demand, of the kids. I made the mistake of using an artificial tree the first year we moved to Florida. Having a daughter with asthma and allergies, I really thought I was doing her a favor but I haven’t lived it down to this day. My sister-in-law felt so bad for my daughter that she went to the store and purchased a tiny little live Christmas tree just for her. That same year, we decided to plant that teeny tiny little Charley Brown tree in our backyard. We didn’t think it would grow but each year it grew and grew and each year it is a reminder of our very first Christmas in Florida. Here’s a photo I took today. Our little Charley Brown tree is now over 50 ft tall and 18 yrs. old.
We are all now 100 percent committed to real Christmas Trees and try our best to make Christmas tree hunting in 80 degree sunny Florida as festive as we can but our time picking out a tree seems to take less time as the kids get older. Before, it would be a competition of who could find the best tree. Now, it’s more like “Yeah, that one looks good. Let’s get it!” Got to love them!
Although I am committed to the real Christmas Tree for the family, I allowed myself to get a small pre-lit artificial tree for the dining room when they went on sale last year although I totally forgot to put it out this year.
I know there are a lot of you that do have the artificial trees and storing them can be a nuisance. The box they come in only lasts so long before it becomes torn and tattered. So lastly, I came across some really great artificial Christmas Tree storage containers/bags that are durable. They will help protect against dust, insects and moisture.
Christmas Tree Storage Bag – 48″ x 15″ x 20″ – Roomy, zippered bag with 2 reinforced handles stores a 4-foot disassembled, artificial Christmas tree
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