Wondering how to store Christmas decorations so they won’t break? Keep scrolling to find out my top Christmas decoration storage ideas and solutions!
This post about Christmas decoration storage ideas was originally written November 2, 2020 and was updated November 14, 2022 and may contain affiliate links, which means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission at no extra cost to you. All opinions remain my own.
Are you ready to take down your Christmas tree?
If a few extra minutes are spent preparing Christmas decorations for storing at this time, when the lights and ornaments are removed from storage next Christmas, they won’t be a tangled or broken mess that causes blood pressure to rise.
This guide will show you how to store all of your holiday decorations in an organized way so it is easy to find them again next year. It’s easier than ever before!
Don’t let all of your hard work go to waste by not properly storing your Christmas decorations!
Use these genius tips this year when taking down Christmas decorations so it’s easier on you in 2023. You’ll thank yourself later!
Scroll down now for more information about how you can easily store your holiday decor without any hassle!
If you are looking specifically for how to store Christmas ornaments, I have a full post about it!
Christmas Storage Ideas FAQs
In order to prevent your fragile Christmas wreaths from getting damage in storage, it’s smart to invest in hard-shell wreath cases. They are easy to stack in your storage area. Alternatively, you could use a wreath bag for sturdy wreaths.
The best way to store your artificial Christmas tree is to save the box it came in. If your tree no longer fits in the box or your box is damaged, invest in an inexpensive vinyl tree bag. You can store your tree upright or lay it down flat.
These ornament storage boxes have been super helpful for storing ornaments without their original boxes. It’s great for homemade ornaments, too!
Christmas Decorations Storage Ideas and Tips
Designate an Area for Christmas Decoration Storage
To prevent loss or forgetting where treasured Christmas items are located, designate one area for Christmas storage.
A top shelf in a seldom-used closet, an attic or basement corner, the garage, or anywhere that is out of the way yet easily accessible.
This is also the place to store any after-Christmas bargains purchased for the following year.
I like to shove our Christmas storage boxes to the back of our closest, pull out our Valentine’s Day decorations and make sure our Easter decorations are right upfront.
Then, I keep rotating them for each major holiday that we decorate for.
Don’t have any Christmas storage boxes? These are the ones I’ve used for years and love them! Check prices and availability here.
Prevent Breakage of Delicate Christmas Ornaments
If some of the Christmas ornaments are irreplaceable heirlooms, it’s wise to invest in sturdy Christmas containers that have individual slots to prevent ornament breakage.
Same sized, lidded containers make staking easy and will take up less storage space.
Wrap all breakable ornaments in tissue paper or bubble wrap before storing them.
Toss the shiny tinsel when removing the Christmas tree ornaments. Tinsel does not hold up well when stored, and it’s inexpensive to replace.
Read all my Christmas ornament storage tips here!
Use Cardboard for Christmas Light and Garland Storage
Pieces of heavy-duty cardboard (like from a cardboard box) cut into rectangular pieces work great for tangle-free storage of Christmas lights and garlands.
Wrap strands of lights and garland around pieces of cardboard to keep them tangle-free.
If you have a lot of outdoor Christmas lights, you might consider investing in a Christmas light storage bag. I think this is one of the smartest Christmas light storage ideas.
They come with metal reels where you can wind the lights to keep them tangle-free. It’s a good job for kids to help you with each year.
Then, they are ready to go for the following year. Anything to save a little stress when putting up Christmas lights in chilly weather is always a win! Check the latest prices here.
Remember to always store Christmas lights indoor where temperatures don’t fluctuate excessively.
Even temperatures and dry conditions will prolong the life of Christmas lights during storage.
Artificial Christmas Tree Storage
An investment in a vinyl bag designed to hold a Christmas tree will keep the dust off an artificial Christmas tree during storage and keep the tree looking good for several Christmas uses.
Christmas tree storage bags come in sizes larger enough to accommodate a 10 foot tall artificial Christmas tree.
Vinyl bags with handles make carrying the tree easy too. Check the latest prices here.
Store Christmas Wreaths in Separate Boxes
To keep Christmas wreaths from being crushed during storage, pack them away in separate storage boxes.
Custom-sized wreath boxes can be purchased, and when the boxes are the same width and depth, it makes stacking and storing easier.
Label each box with contents and where the contents are usually displayed to make unpacking the Christmas items go faster next year.
Label boxes such as ‘front door wreath,’ ‘wreaths for second-floor windows,’ or ‘garland for mantel’ so as each box is removed from the storage area, it can be taken directly to its Christmas location.
There are also wreath bags you can get if your wreath isn’t too delicate.
These can also be packed inside larger boxes with your other Christmas decorations for extra protection.
How to Store Nutcrackers and Christmas Figurines
My kids and I are pretty obsessed with Christmas nutcrackers. I started my collection before they were born and now I let them pick new ones every year.
However, now we have so many nutcrackers that it’s hard to keep them all organized.
Many of them came from World Market and we always pack them away in their original boxes.
But, we’ve also bought nutcrackers from other stores where they didn’t come in a box.
That’s why it’s handy to have a Christmas figurine storage box.
It’s also a great spot to put fragile Santa figurines, ceramic Christmas trees, breakable snowman, and any other Christmas decoration that might get damaged.
This is also one of the best Christmas Village storage ideas. You just might want to put a few items per slot and stuff tissue paper to separate them.
These Christmas decoration storage boxes have been super helpful over the years.
Keep Christmas Wrapping Paper and Ribbon Together
One of the best investments I made when I moved into my first home was a gift wrap organizer. I’m totally serious.
I went through a phase where I bought TONS of wrapping paper, gift bags, and ribbon for 75% off during the after-Christmas sales. I admit I was borderline addicted.
But wrapping paper rolls are an awkward size and it’s hard to find a good spot to store them.
That’s when I discovered gift wrap organizers that kept all my bargain purchases together and ready for next year.
This one is a cool one because you can slide it under a bed if you don’t have enough room to store it with your other Christmas items.
And it’s kind of fun to open it each year and realize all the fun gift wrap you bought on sale!
If you’re short on space, this one is perfect for hanging inside a closet door. That’s what I did in my first apartment!
Holiday Dishes Storage Containers
I know a lot of us have special Christmas plates or mugs that we bring out during the holidays.
There’s no need to have them easily accessible the rest of the year. So, might as well put them in storage, right?
You can buy a China storage set from Amazon that will keep your dishes protected until next year.
We also have a bunch of Christmas mugs we got on the Polar Express Train Ride over the years. They are perfect for Christmas Eve and Christmas morning, but that’s about it.
That’s why this storage box for mugs and teacups is such a great idea.
That will keep them safe and sound for next Christmas. Plus, it makes them extra special when you only bring them out once a year!
These also work great for Christmas snowglobe storage!
Christmas Decor Storage Ideas Wrap Up
Now that you know the best storage ideas for Christmas decorations, it’s time to take some action.
Pick one of these brilliant Christmas storage solutions and get organized this weekend so next year when December rolls around again, you can start decorating your home without stressing about where everything is stored!