Ah, holiday storage. In an ideal world, I’d have a nice finished basement storage room where I could store loads of clear storage containers with all my holiday decorations inside. In reality, my entire collection has to share a tiny bedroom closet with suitcases, formal dresses and my Hobbit costume. While I’d love to be able to buy all sorts of storage solutions for my decorations, I’ve had to be a little more flexible and creative. As an added bonus, it’s much more inexpensive to engineer my own storage.
Here are a few tips for dealing with your holiday storage this year.
Wrapping Paper Rolls
Even if you have one of those nifty wrapping paper storage bins, the rolls within can still unroll and get crinkled or torn. The easiest way to combat this is to repurpose empty toilet paper rolls to keep them wrapped up nicely. Simply slit a toilet paper tube (or section of old wrapping paper tube) up the side, and BOOM, nice little paper sleeve.
Egg Carton Ornament Holders
Perfectly stackable and designed for cradling delicate objects, egg cartons make the perfect ornament storage containers. Wine containers with cardboard dividers work for bigger ornaments or other decorations, like candles, figurines or snow globes. Be sure to use plenty of tissue or newspaper to pad the breakable items!
Mason Jar Storage
There are all sorts of uses for mason jars around the house, and this time of year is no exception. Store fancy cupcake wrappers in mason jars to look pretty on your counter. More practically, they’ll stay uncrushed. Then just pack away the jars with the rest of your seasonal things, and they’ll be fresh for next year. Potato chip cans are also great for this. Use mason jars to store cookie cutters, small ornaments, or anything else that looks pretty but needs to be contained.
Shoebox Lids for Lights
Use an old shoebox for storing strands of lights. Cut the small sides off the lid, carefully wrap your light strands around it, and then store the lid and lights inside the shoebox for extra protection. These are easily stackable inside storage bins and should prevent any crazy light tangles next year. This maximizes your use of space better than a big spool, and the smaller units are easier to store.
Bed Risers for Trees
If you’ve got an artificial Christmas tree, the benefit of not having to buy a fresh tree every year shouldn’t be outweighed by having to find a place to store your festive fir. If you’ve got a big space in your basement, count yourself fortunate! If not, you’ve got to get a little more creative. Enlist the help of bed risers in a bedroom to create a safe space for your tree to live for 11 months of the year. After taking apart the tree and folding up the branches, simply swaddle it in garbage bags and tuck it away under the bed for a long summer’s (and winter’s and spring’s) nap.
Do you have any inventive storage solutions you rely on? Share in the comments!