How to Store Your Holiday Decor

From keeping your lights tangle-free to protecting your most precious ornaments, here are our best holiday storage tips.
How to Store Your Holiday Decor

Before we dive into each category, let's cover the basics of streamlining your holiday decorating routine for years to come: 

  • Take photos: Before you start packing up, snap some photos of the decorated rooms to use as a reference for next year. It will simplify the unpacking process when you can visually see what you have and where it needs to go.
  • Edit as you go: Fight the urge to shove everything back into storage bins without editing first. It's a waste of space and energy to pack and then unpack items that shouldn't be there in the first place. Keep a few garbage bags nearby to toss or donate the items that have reached their expiration date.

  • Store in good condition: If something is broken, fix it or toss it. If something is dirty, clean it. It takes more effort to resurrect an item after its been in storage so just take care of it now so life is easier later *insert shrug emoji*

  • Label everything: Just because you access these items once a year doesn't mean you should skip labeling. In fact, it's even more of a reason to label because you're even more likely to forget. (Shop our custom labels here!) 


We know how tempting it can be to throw your lights in a bin and make it next year's problem, but the solution is simple. Place them in a storage bin with a built-in reel to keep them tangle-free and ready to go. The light organizer in our Walmart collection features a hinged lid for easy access and can stack to maximize space.

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Ornaments are better neighbors than they are roommates. To protect these precious items from damage, choose a solution like our Ornament Storage Organizer with separate compartments that can be removed to accomodate for larger decor items (tree toppers, figurines, wreaths, stockings, etc.) if necessary.

To simplify the unpacking process, we suggest categorizing based on color, design, or the tree they belong to.

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Nothing is sadder than a crushed wreath or string of garland, but there are many ways to avoid this, including storing each piece separately, rather than stacked in the same bin. You can also hang them in your garage using a sturdy hook if you lack shelf storage.


If you opt for artificial and have vertical space, use a protective tree bag (preferably with wheels for easy transport) and store it all in one piece, lights included. Another option is wrapping and labeling each part, then storing them in a bin.


Items like stockings, pillows, tablecloths, and tree skirts can either be stored in stackable plastic bins or vacuum-sealed bags. Categorize (and label) by room or item. If you tend to keep to a routine, labeling by room will help in the unpacking process.


To protect glass or ceramic accents or tableware, store in stackable china storage cases, or wrap each item tightly in foam packing sheets before placing them in a labeled bin.


Use clear stackable bins with cup inserts to contain items like ribbons, bows, tissue, gift tags, etc. Wrapping paper can either be stored laying flat in under-the-bed boxes, held in acrylic risers flipped upside down, or stored upright up using floor bins.

In small spaces, utilize an Elfa over-the-door rack and swap the items by season. It should include a utility board for scissors and tape, baskets for ribbon, gift tags, and cards, and a holder for wrapping paper.

Thoughts welcome!

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