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Wondering how to store Christmas decorations so they won’t break? Keep scrolling to find out my top Christmas decoration storage ideas and solutions!

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Taking time to store Christmas decorations properly this year will make unpacking them next Christmas much less of a headache.

Santa has come and gone.

Now it’s time to take down the tree and store all the Christmas decorations until next year.

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.

Use these tips this year when taking down Christmas decorations for a hassle-free next year when the decorations are unpacked.

If you are looking specifically for how to store Christmas ornaments, I have a full post about it!

Christmas Decoration Storage Ideas and Tips featured by top Seattle lifestyle blogger, Marcie in Mommyland

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 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 up front.

Then, I keep rotating them for each major holiday that we decorate for.

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.

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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.

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!

Christmas Decoration Storage Ideas and Tips featured by top Seattle lifestyle blogger, Marcie in Mommyland: Keep your Christmas lights tangle free with this Christmas light storage bag

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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 Decoration Storage Ideas and Tips featured by top Seattle lifestyle blogger, Marcie in Mommyland: One of the best ways to store artificial Christmas trees is in a bag like this red Christmas tree storage bag.

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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.

Store Christmas Wreaths in Separate Boxes

To keep Christmas wreaths from being crushed during storage, pack them away in separate storage boxes.

Christmas Decoration Storage Ideas and Tips featured by top Seattle lifestyle blogger, Marcie in Mommyland: Store your Christmas wreaths in plastic wreath boxes like these.

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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 it’s Christmas location.

There are also wreath bags you can get, if your wreath isn’t too delicate.

Christmas Decoration Storage Ideas and Tips featured by top Seattle lifestyle blogger, Marcie in Mommyland: Store your Christmas wreaths in a red Christmas wreath bag like this one.

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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.

Christmas Decoration Storage Ideas and Tips featured by top Seattle lifestyle blogger, Marcie in Mommyland: Protect your nutcrackers and Christmas figurines in this nutcracker storage container.

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.

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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 after Christmas sales. 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.

Christmas Decoration Storage Ideas and Tips featured by top Seattle lifestyle blogger, Marcie in Mommyland: Keep all your Christmas wrapping paper and boxes together with this gift wrap organizer

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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.

Christmas Decoration Storage Ideas and Tips featured by top Seattle lifestyle blogger, Marcie in Mommyland: Keep your Christmas dishes safe in a China storage set

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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 tea cups is such a great idea.

Christmas Decoration Storage Ideas and Tips featured by top Seattle lifestyle blogger, Marcie in Mommyland: Store your Christmas mugs in this storage container

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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!

Loving these Christmas decoration storage ideas and looking for more Christmas content? Find out how to store Christmas ornaments and how to recycle old Christmas cards.
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Marcie writes the family travel blog Marcie in Mommyland. When she's not traveling the world, she's home in Seattle with her husband and two little boys.

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