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Storing Holiday Decorations

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Storing your holiday decorations in an organized manner not only will keep them from breaking but also allow you easy access to them when the holiday arrives. This is a guide about storing holiday decorations.
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By 21 found this helpful
February 17, 2011

I am starting the new year cleaning out closets and looking for new ways to store things. I have always wanted a better way of storing my Christmas decorative rugs instead of rolling them up.
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Since I freed up several skirt hangers, it dawned on me to use them to hang the rugs. Each hanger holds 4 rugs and they are stored neatly in a spare closet with no excessive bulkiness. I am so happy I will have flat rugs to use during the holidays

By Southeastgeorgiapeach

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December 4, 2009

Large swags or garlands can be stored in the zippered garment bags you can get in the dollar store. You can tie them to a hanger for storage in a closet or lay on a shelf. Easier than trying to put in a box or wrapping in paper to store.

By Monica from Scranton, PA

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By 11 found this helpful
December 29, 2009

If you have purchased a comforter or large blanket that comes in a plastic bag with a zipper, reuse the bag to store your artificial wreaths and garlands. I have a large clear one with a handle that holds my silk Christmas wreath and garland that I use on my mantel every year. The clear bag makes it easy to recognize and it doesn't get dusty.

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By Mel from NC

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By 5 found this helpful
December 18, 2009

I found that using different colored totes for different holidays. I use colors resembling the holiday, such as orange or black for Halloween, or red and green for Christmas. It makes looking for them in storage a lot easier. I can find them in just a glance.

By Jazalay from Frisco, TX

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January 8, 20081 found this helpful

I converted a closet into a Holiday Pantry area. I have a large 3 drawer plastic bin unit to hold Christmas ornaments; small to large plastic bins plus plastic shoe boxes to hold other fragile Christmas items. I have hooks on the back of the closet door to hold wreaths or other hanging Christmas decor.

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I wrap Christmas wrapping paper in cut off panty hose legs to protect the paper; the Christmas wrapping paper is stood in the corner of the closet behind the plastic bins. The closet has to be packed in a certain manner in order to accommodate all the Christmas decorations. The artificial Christmas tree is boxed up in its original box and stood up against the wall in front of the 3 drawer plastic bin unit. The shelf in the closet is used to hold large nativity scenes, holiday lamps, etc.

There is another closet that accommodates the holiday candles, dishes, linens and also other seasonal/holiday items. The same method is used with the hooks on the back of the door, plastic bins and using the shelf in the closet. The coat rack rod holds gift bags on coat hangers; these gift bags hold folded outdoor flags, outdoor bows and other "overflow" items that will not fit into the bins.
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The plastic bin drawers with the Christmas ornaments are classified organized. When I "undecorate" the Christmas tree, I group all the angel ornaments together, place them in a zip-loc bag; I use the same method for snowmen, musical instruments, glass ornaments, etc. The glass ball ornaments are stored in one drawer together to prevent breakage; they are placed in the divided boxes that the ornaments are purchased in; I compress the air out of the zip-loc bags and the glass ornament will fit into the divided compartment. The Christmas stockings are stored with the Christmas linens. The Christmas tree skirt is folded and placed in a large zip-lock bag and packed with the Christmas tree.

Zip-loc bags are convenient to store Christmas electrical cords (for Christmas houses, etc.); the bags with the electrical cords can be taped with a heavy tape to the back of the Christmas house and stored in plastic bins; the Christmas houses should be wrapped in tissue paper and placed in a large zip-loc bag. I also use my foodsaver vacuum sealer to seal Christmas serving pieces (pie servers, silverware, snack knives, etc.); these pieces are stored with the linens.
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Every plastic bin has a label listing the contents of the bin that is affixed to the top and side of the bin. I hang a holiday ornament or wreath on the outside of the door to decorate the door.It is a handy location in my home to keep my holiday/seasonal items in one place.

By WandaJo from Tennessee

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By 2 found this helpful
September 30, 2011

Years ago I bought two of those Christmas Rubbermaid type boxes. You know the kind, red with a green lid. I then went to the package store and asked for a couple of empty boxes with dividers.

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November 16, 2010

Each year I store away all my decorations in Santa sacks that have a drawstring top. When Christmas rolls around again I get the bags down from the storage rack in garage. There is no dust and everything is just where I left it.

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By 1 found this helpful
December 10, 2010

I decorate for so many things, that I've found using the clear totes to be very useful. I store them in different areas of the attic.

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January 7, 2010

Now that we are all packing away our Christmas decorations, there is a way to help with packing it away more neatly. I use zip lock baggies (gallon size) to store most of the items.

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January 12, 20050 found this helpful

I don't know about any of you but for me the holidays are so busy it is almost impossible to get everything done. Well, the holidays are now over. Through the course of the season, we may experience a broken but fixable ornament (or two) or you get a brainstorm of a gift you might want to make for next year.

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