How to Store your Christmas decorations: 9 Easy Steps

When Christmas is finally over, it’s time to store your seasonal decorations away. Our easy guide has the best solutions for storing your holiday decorations, ready for next Christmas.

Glass Christmas baubles surrounded by pine leaves

You’ve finished off the last mince pies, and nobody is playing ‘Last Christmas’ anymore. The Christmas jumpers have been consigned to the back of the wardrobe. You can’t avoid it anymore; Christmas is finally over.

There’s still time to bake a Galette des Rois to celebrate the end of the season, but at some point, you’ll have to take down the Christmas decorations. Tradition says that you should make sure they’re all down by Twelfth Night (5th January) to avoid bad luck!

Let’s be honest – taking down the holiday decorations is never as much fun as putting them up. The house seems darker without all the festive sparkle and fairy lights, but it can also be a positive thing. 

Without all of the decorations around the house, your home feels bigger and roomier. You might even be inspired to start a redecoration project!

So follow our easy tips and strategies to make packing away the Christmas decorations an easy task. Before you know it, they’ll be stored neatly away, and you’ll be ready for when Christmas rolls around again!

The Key Takeaways

  • Take note now of things that worked well and items that need replacing for next year.
  • Dedicated storage bags and boxes will keep your seasonal decorations looking great for longer.
  • Everyday items like kitchen paper rolls, black garbage bags and bubble wrap are also good to have handy.
  • Make a note of what goes in each box to make decorating next year easy.
  • Christmas cards can be kept, reused or recycled.

Before you start

If you loved how your house looked this Christmas, this first step is the best way to get a head start on next year’s festive decorations. 

Taking photographs of the rooms now is a great way to help you recreate the look next Christmas. Make sure you label the pictures with the year and save them in a clearly named folder. 

Don’t forget to take photos of areas like the living room mantelpiece and your dining table to inspire your seasonal décor for the new year’s festivities.

Make sure you’ve got all the storage solutions you need close at hand, from cardboard boxes and packing paper to large labels to make it easy to see what’s in each container. 

And work out where you’ll store all of your seasonal decorations. If you’ve got a large garage, attic space or storage space available, that’s ideal. If not, you may have to store items in different locations, but keep a careful note of where everything is!

Time to take stock

Now, you’re ready to start taking down your seasonal décor. Give everything a dust and a check over as you go.

I’m a big fan of reusing decorations as much as possible. It helps to keep the financial cost of Christmas down, as well as reducing the amount of waste sent off to landfill. And I do love a bit of tradition as well!

So, as you check through your decorations, check if any look worn or damaged. Are they sentimental favourites you’ll use again anyway, or can they be recycled or passed on rather than throwing them away?

You might also want to consider whether any of your seasonal decorations can be used throughout the year. Maybe you used some twinkling fairy lights in a jar that will still look good through the winter. Or could that new photo frame stay on your mantelpiece all year?

Make a note of any specific item that you’ll need to buy for next year. This might be to replace existing decorations or some new decorations to add to your collection. That way, you’ll know what you need when the new stock starts to arrive in shops next autumn.

Now, you’re ready to start packing away your decorations. As you work through your collection, make a list of everything you’re storing away and where it’s stored. You can add this list into your Christmas planning notes, ready for next holiday season.

Beautifully decorated Christmas tree in the corner of a large luxurious family room

Storing the Christmas Tree

The bulkiest item you’ll need to store is probably an artificial Christmas tree. You could take the tree apart and store it in its original box, which is certainly the cheapest option. All you will need is some sturdy packing tape and a marker to write the contents on the outside of the box.

You can also buy storage bags and boxes specially designed to store artificial Christmas trees.

This heavy-duty Christmas tree storage bag is made from waterproof and tearproof canvas fabric. It has a wide two-way zipper, so it’s easy to fit your artificial tree inside, and three handles make storing it away simple.

The festive bright red colour will certainly stand out in storage, and it comes with an index card to write what is stored inside.

This Christmas tree storage bag is big enough to fit artificial trees up to 9 feet tall. And it’s made to last several seasons, so it will protect your faux tree and keep it dust-free for the entire year, ready for the next time you need to use it.

Of course, these options won’t be suitable if you had a natural Christmas tree. So, if you aren’t planting your tree out in the garden, check with your local council for details on recycling your Christmas tree.

Storing Christmas lights

Storing holiday lights can be one of the trickiest parts of packing away your seasonal decor. You need to ensure they don’t get tangled up and keep track of the plugs. If they aren’t LED lights, you’ll also need to make sure that the bulbs don’t get broken in storage.

If you have several sets of lights with detachable plugs, keeping track of which plug goes with which lights is essential. The best way to do this is putting one piece of masking tape around the end of each light string and another on the plug. Then, write the same letter on each so that you can easily match them up when the time comes to unpack.

You can also stick a length of masking tape around the end of the lights and write on the location where you used that set.

This Christmas Light Storage Box is the perfect solution for storing your Christmas Lights neatly and safely. 

Each sturdy insert will store a strand of up to 200 LED lights, keeping them dust and tangle-free. Alternatively, you can take out the inserts if you need to store larger items in the box as well.

The box has a double zip opening, a carry handle and transparent sides. Write the details of the contents on an index card and pop it inside the box so you can easily see what’s inside.

Of course, you don’t need to use dedicated Christmas light storage containers. If you have a wire coat hanger or a piece of sturdy cardboard cut from a box, you could simply wrap your string lights around that. 

The inner tube from a kitchen paper roll would also work for a smaller string of Christmas lights. These can then be stacked in plastic storage bins to keep them safe.

If you’ll need to buy new lights before next Christmas, make a note of it in your Christmas planning notes.

Storing Christmas baubles and decorations

You’ll probably have more sentimental attachment to your Christmas tree baubles and decorations than anything else in your holiday decorations. You might have bought them to mark special occasions like the birth of a child, or they might be a memento of a holiday abroad.

So, it’s important to store these fragile ornaments carefully. Dust them after removing them from the tree and check for any damage, especially to the hanging strings.

Smaller items should be wrapped in squares of bubble wrap, paper towel or tissue paper. You can reuse these year after year to prevent waste.

Then pack your Christmas ornaments in sturdy boxes or plastic containers to make sure they’re kept in good condition while they’re in storage. Very small or delicate decorations should be put in smaller containers inside the main box, and make sure you label each box clearly so that you can see what’s inside each one when they’re stacked up.

A green Christmas bauble storage box filled with red and gold Christmas tree decorations

You could use sturdy cardboard boxes, plastic storage tubs or a dedicated Christmas bauble storage box like this one. 

It holds up to 64 baubles in four layers of sturdy cardboard inserts, while the heavy-duty canvas material will protect your decorations in storage. It has carrying handles on the side and a plastic tag to write the contents on.

And if you can’t bear the thought of packing all your Christmas ornaments away until next December, why not keep a few out? You could display some of your favourites in a glass jar or pick one or two out and hang them on ribbons.

Christmas wreath on a rustic wooden table

Storing Christmas wreaths

If you love displaying Christmas wreaths, you’ll need a simple way to store them safely after the festive season is over.

You can store them simply with what you have at hand. Use some garden twine to hang the wreath around the hook of a coat hanger, then use a drycleaning bag or a black garbage bag to cover the wreath, poking the hook of the hanger through the base of the bag.

Hanging artificial wreaths from a rack or in the back of a wardrobe is an easy way to stop them from getting squashed.

A bright red Christmas wreath storage bag

Alternatively, you could invest in a Christmas wreath storage bag like the one above. The durable material will keep your wreath protected, and the zipper opening makes it easy to use. There’s a convenient carrying handle, and this Christmas wreath storage bag can store wreaths up to 30cm in diameter.

You could also use either of these methods for storing tinsel or garlands. Simply wind them up in a circle and tie them together with twine to hang them from a coat hanger, or coil them inside the wreath storage bag.

A pair of hands wrapping a gift box, surrounded by gift boxes, packing tape, rope, paper rolls and decorations

Storing Christmas wrapping supplies

Have you ever got back from the shops with an armful of Christmas wrapping paper and then realised that you already had plenty at home? Or run out of gift tags when you’re in the middle of a late-night present-wrapping session?

If so, you’ll know how annoying both situations can be, and that’s why it’s a good idea to sort out storage for your Christmas wrapping supplies.

If you don’t have a dedicated wrapping station, something like this wrapping paper storage bag would be ideal. It will hold up to 25 standard wrapping paper rolls, and the zipper top makes it easy to get to the roll you need. 

And the clear PVC material makes it easy to see what wrapping paper is inside. You could even buy one for storing Christmas wrapping paper and another for storing the wrapping paper you use for other occasions.

Another good option would be a plastic storage box for wrapping paper, which has internal storage trays so you can also store your tape, scissors, and all the bows, ribbons and tags you might have left over. It’s a great size for stashing under your bed, giving you easy access for late-night present-wrapping sessions!

Red and white china Christmas ornaments hanging from a Christmas tree

Storing Christmas Cards

What do you do with your Christmas cards at the end of the festive season? They can be reminders of special times with family and friends, but keeping too many can clutter up your house. 

Here’s our three-step plan for dealing with Christmas cards:

First, go through your cards and decide which ones you want to keep. These will be the ones that have a special message inside or are from your nearest and dearest. You can store them in a binder or stick them into a photo album to bring out each Christmas as a treasured reminder of Christmas past.

Next, decide which ones you can turn into gift tags for next year. Cut the fronts into tags, punch a hole at the top and thread ribbon through it to attach them to presents next Christmas.

Any cards that are left over can be recycled, but you’ll need to remove any stuck-on ornaments or glitter, as these can’t be recycled. Unfortunately, that might mean removing the whole front of the card and discarding it.

Interior of living room decorated for Christmas. There are Christmas stockings hanging from the fireplace, and a tree in the background

Storing all the other Christmas decorations

Now you’ve safely stored most of your Christmas decorations, you may still have a few seasonal items left over.

If you have large decorative items that won’t fit any of the suggestions above, you can use fabric bags, plastic storage bags or even garbage bags to store them. Wrap them in bubble wrap if they need extra protection, then hang them at the back of a storage closet or on the back of a door.

Plastic vacuum-seal storage bags are great for storing fabric decorations like Christmas stockings, tablecloths and tree skirts. They’re also ideal for festive cushions you only bring out for Christmas. You can buy vacuum storage bags on Amazon, and they’re pretty inexpensive.

When you’ve packed away all of your decorations, number each box clearly so you can see the numbers when they’re stacked up in storage. Also, make sure that each box has a clear note of what’s inside. Then, compile a list of the numbers with the corresponding contents to keep that with your Christmas planning notes. 

Taking a little time over your holiday decoration storage now will save you lots of time in the long run!

Do you have any great tips for storing seasonal decorations? Let us know in the comments below!

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