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Don’t you just just love Christmas decorations?
I know I do. At the stores, at the doctor’s office, driving through the neighborhood, in my own home … I just love seeing the wreaths, the ribbons, the garlands, the lighted outdoor decorations, the decorated trees, the stockings, the nativity scenes …
Until Christmas has been over for a few days.
Then the things in our home that had previously looked so pretty and festive now just look like huge amounts of clutter to be taken care of. And worse, taking care of this clutter (in our home) involves things getting a ladder, climbing into the attic … and trying to get things to fit back into the boxes where they came from.
Which sounds like it should work, but it doesn’t always.
So today we’re going to talk about the best ways to pack up all those lovely Christmas decorations.
I’ve researched several storage products and discovered some hacks and DIY ideas as well.
Hopefully you’ll find at least one thing that will help make “packing up the holiday season” easier for you this year!
Table of Contents
- 1 ✅Cardboard Ornament Storage Boxes With Dividers
- 2 ✅Plastic Ornament Storage Boxes with Dividers
- 2.1 Sterilite 20 Compartment Adjustable Ornament Storage Box(6 Pack)
- 2.2 Sterilite 24 Compartment Christmas Ornament Storage Box (4 Pack)
- 2.3 Holiday Wing-Lid Box with Ornament Dividers
- 2.4 Snapware Snap ‘N Stack Square 3-Tier Ornament Storage Container
- 2.5 DIY Christmas Ornaments Organizer Box Made with Plastic Cups
- 2.6 Cheap and Easy DIY Christmas Ornament Storage Made With Wooden Rods
- 3 Video — The Best way to Pack Christmas Ornaments
- 4 How to Store Christmas Inflatables
- 5 How to Wrap Christmas Lights for Storage
- 6 Christmas Wreath Storage Ideas
- 7 Christmas Tree Storage Ideas
✅Cardboard Ornament Storage Boxes With Dividers
Here are some attractive storage boxes with cardboard dividers that got good customer reviews.
Santas Bags 3 Tray Ornament Storage Box with DividersChristmas Ornament Storage Box with Removable lid, Stores up-to 64 Holiday OrnamentsChristmas Ornament Storage with Zippered Closure with Two HandlesSeasons Christmas Tree Ornament Organizer & Storage Bag
Now lets’s look at each of these boxes a little more closely:
Pakkin Christmas Ornament Storage Box with Removable Lid
This 4-layer box holds up to 64 regular-sized ornaments. Since the dividers are made of cardboard, it’s possible to get a little creative and push and bend things a little to accommodate oddly-shaped ornaments.
There is no zipper or latch to secure the lid. It basically just sits on top and has the potential to be knocked off.
Overall, reviewers thought this box could have been a little more sturdy, but thought it was a really good value for the price, and it got the job done.
Santas Bags 3 Tray Ornament Storage Box with Dividers
This cardboard box with 3 removable drawers is 20 inches x 14 inches x 9.5 inches. It is covered in acid-free fabric and has natural hemp braided handles on the sides.
Each drawer can hold 24 3-inch ornaments, so the entire box can hold up to 72 ornaments. If you like, you can remove divider pieces to make room for larger or different sized ornaments.
The side of the box comes down, so you can actually slide the drawers out through the sides.
There are 2 different choices of design.
Christmas Ornament Storage With Zippered Closure and Two Handles
✅This box is Amazon’s Choice in for Christmas Ornament Storage.
The two main things I like about this box are:
1) The zippered top, which makes it nice and secure;
2) The fact that it collapses when it’s empty, so it doesn’t take up much space when it’s not in use.
Currently in our house, we have to haul all the empty boxes back up to the attic, then haul them down again when Christmas is over and we need to pack everything up. If we used these boxes, we could just flatten them all and stick them in a drawer or the closet during the Christmas season.
Amazon reviewer FizzySmile was sick of hauling heavy boxes to and from their shed every year and was pleasantly surprised at how well this box worked:
I’d never seen this type of ornament storage. At first, I thought it would be a waste of money. A gimmick. NOPE! I love these!
We don’t have a basement, garage or attic, so everything is stored in our shed. Every Christmas season my husband lugs the huge Rubbermaid storage chest full of decorations, ornaments, etc. up a flight of stairs and it seems it gets heavier each season. While ornaments themselves are not heavy, the storage chest itself is a mess of multiple sized boxes filled with ornaments and other decorations. I consolidate what I can in different boxes but it’s not at all organized.
These cubes are wonderful. Because nothing is permanent (they are meant to be taken apart when not in use and stored flat) you have the flexibility to make the sections bigger if needed. This enabled me to store ALL my ornaments, even the oddly shaped or oversized, in the same place. I ended up with several of the dividers unused but I just tucked them in to the top. I was even able to store small standalone decorations (not ornaments) and the Christmas stockings. I now can store all of these items up on a shelf in my laundry room, instead of jamming them into that Rubbermaid chest.
These are fabric, so they are very lightweight, even when full. The handles appear to be sewn on securely. The zipper closure was smooth.
Yes, the huge storage chest is still heavy, but by removing all the odd sized boxes, we were able to maximize it’s storage space and store the outdoor decorations (bought just this year) in the storage chest. The box the outdoor decorations came in went in the recycling bin, which helped save space in our shed.
If your space is limited or your tired of re-wrapping/re-boxing multiple ornaments every year, I highly recommend this product.
Classic Accessories Seasons Christmas Tree Ornament Organizer & Storage Bag
The first thing that I noticed about this ornament storage bag was it’s sturdy-looking handle, and the second thing I noticed was that there is a clear top, so you can easily see what’s inside without having to open it.
Amazon reviewer Waffles says this box is worth paying a little extra for:
Awesome way to protect christmas decorations. I shopped around a lot for an ornament storage container and I’ll tell you why I picked this one:
1. It’s really nice and classy looking – my family ornaments deserve the best
2. The stacking trays have sides around the perimeter of them – this means I can take lift them out by their ribbon handles and lay them all out around the room. I don’t have to unpack one layer at a time as I work my way down, which you have to do with the ones where the trays don’t have sides. Plus, the sides of the trays give the overall bag more support.
3. The trays are cardboard which means you can cut them/fold them the inner compartment sides so that you can fit larger ornaments.
4. The handle makes it very easy to carry up and down from my attic.
It is a little pricier than some others, but I think it is very much worth it for all of the reasons I listed above.
✅Plastic Ornament Storage Boxes with Dividers
Plastic ornament bins are not quite as attractive as the ones above (in my opinion), but they are sturdy, and they have the nice benefit of being able to easily see what’s inside of them.
Sterilite 20 Compartment Adjustable Ornament Storage Box (6 Pack)Sterilite 24 Compartment Christmas Ornament Storage Box (4 Pack)Holiday Wing-Lid Box with Ornament DividersSnapware 3-Tier Seasonal Ornament Storage Container
Sterilite 20 Compartment Adjustable Ornament Storage Box(6 Pack)
Sterilite 24 Compartment Christmas Ornament Storage Box (4 Pack)
Holiday Wing-Lid Box with Ornament Dividers
Snapware Snap ‘N Stack Square 3-Tier Ornament Storage Container
DIY Christmas Ornament Storage Ideas
If you want to save some money, and/or just like the idea of creating your own storage bin, here are a couple fairly simple and effective ideas I found on Pinterest:
DIY Christmas Ornaments Organizer Box Made with Plastic Cups
Cheap and Easy DIY Christmas Ornament Storage Made With Wooden Rods
Video — The Best way to Pack Christmas Ornaments
Here’s a quick but helpful video with organization expert Peter Walsh on the Rachael Ray show.
His big piece of advice is to pack up your most critical, favorite holiday decorations first and label the box “Unpack First.” Then next year when it’s time to decorate, you know that, even if you don’t have time for everything, you’ll at least get to the best decorations that you really love.
And here’s a nice extra touch he suggests: When you pack up the Christmas decorations, write down your wishes for the coming year, put it on an envelope, and include it in your box. Next Christmas, when you open the box, you’ll have something to reflect on about the year!
How to Store Christmas Inflatables
LifeStorageBlog has this to say about inflatables:
If at all possible, save the original box and place the blow up decoration back in its original box. If you don’t have the box, make sure you keep the blow up decoration in a separate bag or box to prevent tearing and ensure the stakes that hold them in the ground won’t get lost.
You might feel a little like Scrooge if you take your decorations down immediately following the holidays, but the longer they’re exposed to the weather, the more likely they are to break. Saving your decorations from the weather’s abuse a week here and a week there can make a big difference after a few years.
How to Wrap Christmas Lights for Storage
Video — Christmas Lights Storage Hack
This video shows a simple way to store your lights using something you’re pretty much guaranteed to already have in your home:
TreeKeeper Santa’s Bags Install ‘N Store Light Storage Reels
Christmas Wreath Storage Ideas
Wreaths are beautiful, but you have to be careful when storing them — you don’t want to crush or damage them in any way.
Wreath Storage Boxes with Handles
DIY Easy and Inexpensive Wreath Storage Solution
If you have a lot of wreaths to store (and some extra closet space), you could try this idea using a wood dowel and wire hangers.
Video — An Amazing New Way to Store Your Holiday Wreaths
Here Peter Walsh and host Rachael Ray show you how to:
Pack up a Christmas wreath using an upside-down plastic cake carrier.
Put smaller glass ornaments in an empty egg carton.
Use a cardboard shoe box to store your Christmas lights.
Make it easier to store your artificial Christmas tree by using old belts from the thrift store.
Christmas Tree Storage Ideas
If you use an artificial Christmas tree, like we do, you know that packing it up each year can be a challenge. We’ve tried keeping it in the cardboard box we bought it in, but after a few years … well, that doesn’t work too well anymore.
Here are better solutions:
Plastic Christmas Tree Storage Box
Heavy Duty Canvas Christmas Storage Bag for 9 Foot TreeChristmas Tree Bag for up to 9′ Tree StorageArtificial Xmas Tree Storage Bag with HandlesHeavy Duty Holiday Tree Storage Bag, Heavy Duty Storage ContainerLarge Waterproof Christmas Tree Storage Bag with Durable Reinforced Handles & Dual Zipper
Christmas Tree Storage Bags With Wheels
Camerons Products Christmas Tree Storage BagCamerons Products Christmas Tree Storage Bag with Wheels – XLPrimode Holiday Rolling Tree Storage Bag, Extra Large Heavy Duty Storage ContainerPaula Deen Christmas Tree Storage Organizer & Storage Container With Wheels & Skid Plate
How to Make a Christmas Tree Storage Bag