How To Store Christmas Tree Decorations ~ It’s a lot of fun decorating the Christmas tree but eventually the tree has to be taken down at the end of the Christmas season and all of the decoration need to be stored. I am pleased to share with you a storage system that is very doable, inexpensive and what I love, organized for next year!
The questions to think about are how and where to store the decorations so they will not be damaged, are easily accessible the following year and how to do this all so it isn’t too expensive.
There are loads of storage possibilities on Pinterest. Just type in “storing Christmas ornaments” in the search bar and lots of ideas come up including storing ornaments in paper cups, egg cartons and buying specially designed plastic layered storage containers.
If you’ve had a chance to read my post about How to Decorate A Christmas Tree: Step-By-Step Photo Tutorial you will notice that I have a lot of different kinds of ornaments and other tree decorations. Also if you have been following my blog for a while you will know that organizing and storage is really important. Storing Christmas tree decorations is no exception.
So I have developed my own system with my own guidelines that I want to share with you. It is simple, inexpensive and compact.
How to Store Christmas Tree Decorations…
I store all of the ornaments in one large plastic bin with handles. I prefer clear bins with a lid so it’s easy to identify the contents. I just create a simple handwritten bold label for the side of the bin and the lid. Super easy and super quick.
I try to keep the original boxes the ornaments came in. The original boxes have sections for each ornament and the lid is transparent so I can see the contents. I can’t do better than that. Love it!
Some of my ornaments are the original ones I bought for our very first Christmas tree for our very first Christmas together over thirty years ago. Some have broken because of being accidentally dropped, falling out of the tree or because the dog took them off the tree and snuck them outside to hide in the snow. Yes, the ones we still have are still in their original storage boxes.
I use re-sealable bags for the rest of the ornaments. This is a great system for putting together similar ornaments and they can be stored flat in the storage bin.
Now I made a mistake with these intricate ornaments. I should have separated them more into different bags. This year they were quite a tangled mess to gently take apart.
I also put each strand of beading in a medium-sized re-sealable bag. I gently wrap them into a circle before putting them into the bag so they don’t get too twisted and a tangled mess.
The bows that I add to my tree just get stashed in a larger re-sealable bag. Since they are made from wired ribbon they are easy to be fluffed and shaped next year after they have been squished in the bag.
All of the ornaments and decorations fill the storage bin quite nicely. That means there isn’t a lot of shifting creating a possibility of breakage. If you have extra space in your bin just fill it up with dry cleaning bags or large clear plastic bags. I prefer using transparent cushioning so you can easily see what’s in the bin.
After all of the ornaments have been placed in the storage bin either in the original box or in the different re-sealable bags, place the tree skirt on top for extra cushioning.
Put the labeled lid on top and presto… all of the ornaments are safely and compactly tucked away.
So that’s it. Super simple. Super doable. Super compact. Not too expensive. I haven’t had one ornament break while being stored using this system. Everything is in one bin. And best of all super organized for next Christmas!
I compiled a collection of my best Christmas posts titled 10 Ways To Decorate And Organize For Christmas. Just click on the image for more ideas and inspiration…
I would love to hear your thoughts on this storage system or how you store your ornaments. What works for you?