I love getting out my Christmas decorations each year, opening the boxes and placing each one in the perfect place in my home. It does not feel like the holidays until I have every decoration unboxed, put out and the boxes back in storage. I play Christmas songs, eat Christmas cookies and make a day of it. Unfortunately, decorating for Christmas is like packing for a trip – – it is fun to get ready but a pain to put back. Packing for a vacation is fun but returning home, washing clothes and putting them away is a pain. That is the way it is with Christmas decorations – – I love getting them out but I hate packing them away for storage on New Year’s Day. Last year, one of my girl friends gave me a tip while we were shopping after Christmas. She was buying storage containers and I thought she was wasting money. She told me that having the proper storage containers for Christmas decorations makes the job of putting them away much easier. I gave in, tried her suggestions and I must agree with her that it did make putting my Christmas decorations back into storage much better. My essential Christmas decoration storage items include:
1. Wreath boxes: These wonderful inventions are so much better than bagging the wreaths, carrying them to the attic and hanging them on a nail. Now I simply put two wreaths in a plastic wreath box, seal it and stock them in the corner of the garage.
2. Christmas ornaments storage boxes: These storage boxes are sent directly from Heaven to earth to help women who have precious, breakable and irreplaceable Christmas tree ornaments. I chose the plastic ornament boxes that have permanent divisions that are padded. They hold two layers of ornaments in individual cushioned sections for storage. They also stack neatly in the garage or the attic.
3. Christmas tree boxes: We use an artificial tree because our daughter is asthmatic. For years, we kept the tree in the original cardboard box which was falling apart. A simple plastic storage tub was the answer for our artificial Christmas tree. Now it is safely tucked away in its new home, better protected and easier to handle.
4. Christmas lights: My husband loves decoration inside and outside with Christmas lights; however, storing them has always been a nightmare. Christmas lights never go back in their boxes the way they came out (neat and untangled) and using empty paper rolls, cardboard squares or shoe boxes did not work that well. I then found the Iris Christmas Light Storage Box online for under $20. A plastic box that holds four plastic spools keep lights tangle free from year to year.
5. Christmas china: My grandmother-in-law gave me four sets of Christmas china the first year I was married to her grandson. At twenty, I thought it was the worst gift and wondered what in the world I would do with those dishes. Years later, I realized what a wonderful gift she had given me. I had been storing them in the boxes they had been packed in when I original received them. I know have them stored tightly in plastic china boxes to keep them safe for my own daughter to use when she has a family.
I have not finished purchasing Christmas storage containers and intend to add more storage options this season. You can find storage options for Christmas decorations including cards, linens, villages, candle holders and centerpieces. Plastic containers for storing Christmas items makes unpacking, and packing, decorations easier than ever before.