36 Easy Ways to Store All of Your Holiday Decor

Start out the new year with a hassle-free holiday breakdown.

Do you open up your holiday decor every year to a broken ornament (not "Baby's First Christmas"!) or tangled holiday lights? Make holiday prep and breakdown a breeze with these simple and creative packing tips that use upcycled items. We're saving you money and keeping your holiday figurines safe and sound.

DECOR

Egg Cartons

Egg Carton Used for Christmas Ornament Storage

Egg Carton Used for Christmas Ornament Storage

Tiny round ornaments fit perfectly in reusable egg cartons. Save your cartons from the trash to save your precious ornaments from breaking with this clever idea from Laura Russell of Make Life Lovely.

Photo by: Laura Russell

Beverage Trays

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Marc Kelly

Apple Containers

Use an Apple Container to Store Christmas Ornaments

Use an Apple Container to Store Christmas Ornaments

Forgo an expensive, compartmentalized ornament box by stashing round ornaments in plastic apple containers. Blogger Laura Russell of Make Life Lovely says they take up less space than the ornaments' original boxes and are a great way to reuse plastic that otherwise gets tossed.

Photo by: Laura Russell

Party Cups

DIY Holiday Ornament Storage Box

DIY Holiday Ornament Storage Box

Ornament organizers can be pricey, but not if you go this do-it-yourself route from Author and Blogger Jill Nystul of One Good Thing By Jillee. All you need is a plastic bin, red plastic cups, cardboard and a glue gun. Cut cardboard to fit inside the bin, glue on plastic cups, drop ornaments into cups and voilá! An inexpensive and clever ornament solution.

Photo by: Jill Nystul

Scrap Cardboard

Use Cardboard to Store Holiday Lights

Use Cardboard to Store Holiday Lights

Tired of untangling holiday light strands year after year? Wrap them around cardboard like Kim Christensen of A Real-Life Housewife has done here. Cut cardboard to size (think shoe box tops) and store them inside one box for groan-free tree trimming.

Photo by: Kim Christensen

PVC Pipes

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Dan Faires has a tip to store holiday lights so they're handy next year.

Garment Bags

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Marc Kelly

GIFT WRAP

Cardboard Tubes

Using Cardboard Tubes to Organize Your Gift Wrap

Using Cardboard Tubes to Organize Your Gift Wrap

Trim a heavy-duty cardboard roll, and use it to embrace an opened roll of wrapping paper. The heavier cardboard will be strong enough to keep the paper from unrolling.

Photo by: Emily Fazio ©2016

Emily Fazio, 2016

Tension Rods

Using a Tension Rod to Organize Your Gift Wrapping Supplies

Using a Tension Rod to Organize Your Gift Wrapping Supplies

Utilize space in a closet by installing a tension rod to harness rolls of wrapping paper upright. Hook the lightweight gift bags to the same rod for easy storage.

Photo by: Emily Fazio ©2016

Emily Fazio, 2016

Shoe Organizer

An Over-the-Door System For Organizing Wrapping Paper

An Over-the-Door System For Organizing Wrapping Paper

Hack an over-the-door shoe storage unit to keep your rolls of wrapping paper contained and orderly.

Photo by: Emily Fazio ©2016

Emily Fazio, 2016

Laundry Hamper

Rolling Wrapping Cart

Rolling Wrapping Cart

Bundles of wrapping paper rolls can be tricky to transport from space to space. Keep them all nice and tidy inside of a rolling mesh laundry basket. Thanks to their height, you can see the different styles of paper popping out the top, and lockable casters will help make them kid and pet proof.

Photo by: Flynnside Out

Flynnside Out

Shoeboxes

Ribbons Stored Neatly in Shoebox

Ribbons Stored Neatly in Shoebox

All that leftover ribbon from presents received and given? Snatch up loose bits and fold them neatly in a shoebox for instant color-coordinated gratification. Bonus: Easily spot the color you need for next year's gifting. This holiday hack courtesy of blogger Jenny Dix of The Contemplative Creative.

Photo by: Jenny Dix

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A Gift Bag Storage System You Won't Mind Keeping On Display

Simple magazine racks are great for organizing gift bags. Group your inventory by holiday and event, and make nice labels that you won't mind looking at if they're stored on an open shelf. 

Store Wrapping Paper Between Ceiling Joists

Make the most of space in between ceiling joists in an unfinished basement. Here, dowels are used to support the weight of wrapping paper rolls.

An Over-the-Door System For Organizing Wrapping Paper

Hack an over-the-door shoe storage unit to keep your rolls of wrapping paper contained and in order.

Photo By: Emily Fazio ©2016

Use a Folding Chair Bag to Harness Gift Wrap

Use the bag from a lawn chair to hold long lengths of wrapping paper. The strap makes it easy to hang on a hook in your wrapping area, or attach to the rod in a closet.

Upgrade a Bookshelf for Wrapping Paper Storage

Install rods inside a shelving unit to hold ribbon and wrapping paper rolls horizontal. Consider it a one-stop gift wrapping shop.

Upcycle Cardboard Tubes to Prevent Unrolling

Trim a heavy-duty cardboard roll, and use it to embrace an opened roll of wrapping paper. The heavier cardboard will be strong enough to keep the paper from unrolling.

Get Creative With Wall-Mounted Hardware

Childproofing hardware is notoriously hard-working. Once you’re no longer using it on cabinets and drawers, upcycle these hooks in new ways. The heavy-duty plastic holds a lot of weight, and because they stick out several inches from the wall, you can fit a whole stack of gift bags on each one.

Use Hangers to Store Your Gift Bags

Simply hook gift bags into hangers for simple hanging storage. We especially like hangers from suits and pants, which securely hold many pieces at once and keep everything flat and tidy.

Put Tension Rods to Work When Organizing Gift Wrap

Utilize space in a closet by installing a tension rod to harness rolls of wrapping paper upright. Hook the lightweight gift bags to the same rod for easy storage.

Upcycle a Garment Bag for Wrapping Paper

Tuck your rolls of wrapping paper into a transparent garment bag to keep them clean, orderly, and out of the way in a closet.

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