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Store Christmas Decorations

Christmas Decoration Storage Container

Take the tedious out of organizing Christmas lights and other decorations by storing everything sensibly.

Store Holiday Decorations

Get organized and declutter the day you take down your home's holiday bling. At the start of a new year, evaluate all of your holiday decorations. Consider donating or selling anything you didn't use this year. Store everything that you use and love in an organized manner so decorating next year will be a snap. Here’s how:

Store Christmas Ornaments

  • Keep an ornament's original box if it increases the ornament's value or provides exceptional protection. Otherwise, ditch the original packaging, and choose a box or bin with dividers that hold multiple ornaments.
  • Know your storage space. Many attics, basements and garages aren't climate-controlled and may not be the best places to store your favorite holiday decorations.
  • If you choose to store ornaments in an attic, basement or garage, choose plastic or rubber containers that are airtight and moisture-resistant.
  • Look for ornament boxes with adjustable cardboard or plastic dividers. Remember that you can usually remove a horizontal layer in order to accommodate extra-tall ornaments.
  • If storage space is limited, consider using underbed boxes or installing shelves that mount to the ceiling in a storage space.
  • Protect breakable ornaments by wrapping them in tissue paper or pieces of felt.
  • Add mothballs or cedar blocks alongside fabric or natural-fiber ornaments to prevent insect infestation.
  • If you decorate multiple trees, put ornaments for each one in separate boxes and label the exteriors.

Store Christmas Lights

  • Take down each string, untangle it and replace any burned-out or broken bulbs. Throw away strings with broken or frayed cords.
  • Label each string with a sticker or a bit of electrical tape, and note where you used the light so you can decorate faster next year.

Here are five options for bringing order to tangled string lights:

  1. Wrap each string around a piece of cardboard. Cut a notch in the cardboard to hold the plug in place and carefully wrap the cord, avoiding overlaps.
  2. Wrap string lights around a polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe with a notch cut on one end to hold the plug in place. The Lowe's Plumbing area can cut pipe to size.
  3. Wind one string into a loop that's 12 inches to 18 inches in diameter, and attach a clamp or make a cuff from a plastic bottle with the top and bottom removed.
  4. Drop carefully wound strings into individual plastic bags so they won't tangle with other strings.
  5. Wind strings around a plastic cord reel. Look in the Lowe's Holiday area and in the Lowe's Electrical / Wiring aisles for storage options.

Store Artificial Christmas Trees

  • If you can't return an artificial tree to its original box, put the tree pieces in a canvas tree bag. Look for one with reinforced seams, a cardboard bottom, carrying handles and wheels for easy transport.
  • Put the tree pieces in a large, plastic tree storage box. Containers come in sizes that range from 40 gallons to 75 gallons.
  • If you have room, slip a plastic tree bag over a fully assembled tree and store it upright.

Store Wreaths, Inflatables and Outdoor Christmas Displays

  • Examine all lights, and replace any burned-out or broken bulbs. Repair or replace any broken or frayed cords.
  • Wind cords into loops and then secure them with cable ties or adhesive straps.
  • Place each item in a canvas bag. Look for styles specially designed to hold wreaths and other large items. You can also slip items into large plastic bags.
  • Label the exterior of any bag.
  • Hang items on hooks, high in a closet or garage.

Store Decorative Accessories

  • Place items in airtight plastic containers with lids. Measure your available space on shelves or in cabinets before you go container shopping. Look for coordinating containers that stack.
  • Choose several smaller containers rather than one or two huge containers, which can become too heavy to easily move.
  • If you're storing cloth or natural-fiber items, add mothballs or cedar blocks to protect from insects. Add a scented dryer sheet along with any linens — tablecloths, tree skirts and so on.
  • Store holiday dishes and glassware in quilted containers. Insert layers of tissue, cardboard or felt between items