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6 Ways to Store Christmas Decorations

Keep your decors and holiday accessories neat and organized. Here are clever ways on how you can sort and arrange your items

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Cleaning up your Christmas décor after the holidays isn’t a walk in the park – but it’s a task that you cannot avoid. While the thought of waiting for Christmas for another year can make us feel sad, storing and organizing your prized holiday accessories need not be a dreary task. To help you breeze through the whole process, here are practical tips to keep them in tip-top shape and ready for next year’s festivities.

Original words by Issa Villar-Ching. Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno.

Start with the Christmas tree.

Work your way backwards when taking down your tree. Start with the string of lights, then the ornaments, and finally the branches. Group the items as you go. This will make it easier for you to store them.

Clean before you store.

Ideally, you should give your decorations a bit of cleaning before storing them. This will make your pieces last longer and would look good as new for the next holiday season. See what needs to be dusted or repaired.

Take photos as guide.

Before putting them in containers, take a photo of each item or group of items and print them out together with a short description: total count, location where it was placed, and others. Putting decorations next year will be easier with this quick guide.

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle

Do not throw the wrappers of the gifts that you’ve received last year. Choose the recycling route by using them as protective sheets for delicate ornaments. Simply crumple them and place them like mats on the box. You may also use these wrappers to store the different parts of your Nativity set.

Use cardboard gift boxes to store balls and keep them neat by inserting cardboard strips in-between the balls to form a grid.

Avoid tangled lights.

Never open a storage box with tangled lights again! Roll each strand on a piece of cardboard and seal them in an airtight plastic bag. You can use tissue paper cardboard cores as well.

Use labels.

Designate an area in your storage room for your Christmas décor. Group similar items together in plastic boxes and label each. Stack them up to allow minimal use of precious floor space.

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