Brilliant Tips and Hacks for Christmas Decor Storage | Thrifty Decor Chick

Christmas decor storage ideas and hacks that will make next year’s decorating easier!

I’ve figured out some great holiday storage solutions over the years that have helped to keep our decor better organized. 

They have made pulling out decor for the next Christmas much easier.  These little tips save my sanity each November when the holiday decor comes back out!

In general I find packing holiday decor away is much faster
and easier than setting it up. This year I bought new storage bins, so I
reorganized and the whole process took longer than usual. 

I will tell you off the bat that this won’t be one of my thriftiest
organization posts. 

I spend a little extra to make things easier and more
efficient when I pull things out for the next year. (But they will last from
year to year!) 

Here are my Christmas decor organization methods and a few tips I’ve figured out along the way! 

1. Label your decor for next year

My first tip is to label as much as you can — especially the stuff you put up
in the same spot every year. 

I’ve found over the years that labeling light
strands I use for specific areas helps a TON!: 

DYMO label maker for storage bins

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I label any spot that uses more than one strand of lights — both inside and
outside. So when I get them out I know exactly how many bushes or trees are
covered by that group of lights. 

I also label them inside, like the strands on
our stair garland. That way I’m not trying to figure out how many I used the
year before. 

I use a LOT of
these remote plugs and switches
for our indoor lights — I store them away with the lights that need a remote,
like on our stairs. I just keep them plugged into the light strand. 

I also keep any needed extension cords attached and stored away with the lights.

If you have more than one set of these remotes, you know the joy of trying to
figure out which one goes with which remote. 😉 

I label the matching sets so
we know what goes with what: 

label maker for holiday decor

2. Store your trees upright!

Next up is the Christmas tree storage! We have…uhhh, quite a few artificial trees. 😉 

My dream my whole adult
life has been to store our Christmas trees upright — and not take ONE thing
off of them each year. 

Well in this house, my dreams were realized, at least for a couple of our trees!
We have a storage room in the basement with enough space to store a couple trees upright. 

You just place it over the tree and tuck the
branches in here and there — it zips up and then cinches as well: 

You may have to fluff a little the next year, but otherwise everything stays

Before I put each tree in the bag, I make sure the ornament hooks are wrapped well around the branches!

I loved that cover so much, I went to buy another one — but they were sold

They are made for nine foot trees so are plenty big for our seven to eight
foot trees. It’s so roomy that it’s easy to grab up the extra and tie it at
the bottom. 

To carry them around, one of us grabs the top and one the bottom.
You’ll be surprised at how much stays put! 

I’ve also seen people “shrink wrap” their artificial Christmas trees by wrapping them in plastic.

We’ve stored a couple of our trees like this for years and they look almost
perfect when we uncover them the next holiday season. It saves a TON of time
— you just need to have the space. 

And really, they don’t take up much more
space than the horizontal bags, you just have to have the vertical storage

3. A designated spot for Christmas decor 

For years we stored all of the Christmas decor in our basement, but I realized
a few years in that it was a major chore to get it all upstairs (sometimes two

Since then I’ve stored almost everything in our garages. 

This year I treated myself to new, clear storage containers for our Christmas decor.
I’m a geek — it made me so happy! 

Our old bins were covered with paint or
busted up. I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about seeing everything inside — I was
worried it would feel too messy. 


clear storage bins for holiday decor

Ahhhh I can’t even tell you how NICE it is to see everything! I was going to
label each bin, but decided against it once I got everything in there. There’s
no need really. 

I did a serious purge of all our decor before putting everything back. I
haven’t really gone through the Christmas decor in years

I chose to
use more smaller bins instead of larger ones we had in the past. 

wood shelves for garage or basement storage

We had similar wood shelves built up to the ceiling in our last garage, and
we loved it so much we had them built again in just the second day in this

Up till now this corner has had a mix of holiday and other random stuff, but
I decided to make it all seasonal this year. It’s mostly Christmas, but I
have Halloween and Fourth of July stuff here too. 

I organize my seasonal decor by item, not room. 

I put all the garland in one bin, extras for the tree in another, soft stuff like towels
and pillow covers are all together and general decor is in its own bin.

This makes it easy for me to switch things up room to room every

These are the plastic bins I used — all of them have latching handles that hold the lids on. Love that! 

small clear storage bin

I already had some of these, then got more. THEN I found out that
these are $4 cheaper
each! Argh. 

medium blue lid storage bin

large clear storage bin

Somehow I ended up with way more room than we had before! 

I am
determined to NOT fill that!: 

wood shelving for holiday decor garage

It’s killing me a little that those two bins on the left are different. Ha!!
We already had those so I didn’t want to replace them for basically the same
thing. But…

4. Putting the decor away

I find it easier to organize my holiday decor bins by like items instead of rooms. 

So, for example, when I pull all of the garland down, every piece of it goes into one bin. Same for decor pieces, filler, and soft items like stockings. 

To make this even easier, I use the dining table (any central location will do!) and pile ALL of the Christmas decor on top in sections:

putting away Christmas decor

The only decor not on here is anything from the tree and the thicker garland. 

But otherwise I walk around and gather everything up and sort it out on the table first. 

Have you ever found Christmas decor here and there months later? This helps to avoid that!

I find I gather every last thing this way — no more finding random items throughout January and February! 😂

Then I can just bring in each plastic container and fill it with the like items right from the table. It makes the process of putting the decor away MUCH quicker! 

5. Solutions for the smaller holiday decor

  • I hang most of my seasonal wreaths along the side of the wood shelves in the garage. I like being able to access them easily! For my Christmas wreaths, I use a wreath bag to store them on the shelves. 
  • The majority of our Christmas ornaments are not breakable — the are inexpensive plastic bulbs. For that reason, I don’t buy fancy ornament storage boxes, I just pile them into the bins. The fragile ornaments are the last to be put away and are laid on top. We’ve never had one break!

If you want more protection, you can use plastic cups to protect your fragile ornaments! 

  • Storing Christmas lights is such a pain! I use a long piece of cardboard from our deliveries each year and wrap the lights around. This keeps them tangle free and they are easier to unravel the next year.
  • I keep all of our holiday wrapping paper in the garage as well. The bows, ribbon, tissue paper and gift bags all go into their own storage bin. The wrapping paper rolls are stored in this wrapping paper storage bag. It has room to keep little things like tape and gift tags at the top as well. 

When I’m wrapping gifts, I just grab the bin and paper I need!

We had these shelves built to fit the big parts of our giant family room
tree — if you build something similar, make sure to measure your bins and
then build your shelves so you can stack numerous bins on each one. 

Do you do anything specific with your holiday storage that makes the next
year easier for you? These tips help me a ton — especially the stand up
tree covers!

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