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.


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



©Marc Kelly

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

Storing Holiday Lights 00:55

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

Garment Bags



©Marc Kelly

Marc Kelly


Cardboard Tubes

Cardboard tubes keep wrapping paper from unrolling.

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

A tension rod holds wrapping paper in place in a closet.

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 shoe storage unit hacked to store gift wrap.

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

Holiday Wrapping Paper

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


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

More Ways to Organize Your Wrapping Paper + Gift Bags

See All Photos

Shop This Look

More Pro Tricks to Try

5 Ways to Store Holiday Decor 01:13

Jeribai shares easy tricks for storing delicate holiday decorations.

7 Holiday Storage Hacks 01:00

Take the stress out of storing holiday decorations with these easy tips.

Next Up

10 Ways to Organize Your Makeup + Beauty Supplies With Items Around the House

Before you buy expensive organizers to sort out your stash of makeup and beauty products, raid your home for items you can repurpose.

20 Ways to Decorate With Poinsettias for the Holidays

There's still plenty of time to add Christmas' classic flowering plant to your decor.

10 Easy, Last-Minute Holiday Decorating Ideas to Try Today

Attention, procrastinators: There's still time!

18 Ways to Give Back During the Holidays

Spend the holiday season giving back to your community.

Tidy Up Your Trinkets With a DIY Wall Jewelry Organizer

You won't believe how simple it is to turn a basic wooden tray into a hanging jewelry organizer.

7 Ways to Make Moving Easier (and Way More Fun!)

Yup, you read it right. We've got tips to make moving day less of a burden.

5 Easy Ways to Keep Your Family Organized This Year

Let's face it — "easy" is the only way it's going to get done.

7 Multifunctional Organizers for Small Entryways

You don't need a ton of space to sort your out-the-door essentials.

Tidy Up Your Desk With This Chic DIY Organizer

Tame your unruly office supplies with this stylish, inexpensive solution.

Meet the Team

Get to know the talented writers and editors of HGTV's show and design blog. 

Go Behind the Blog

From the Archives

Take a look back at our past posts, from entertaining and design trends to up-and-coming HGTV shows.  

Read All Our Past Posts

Go Shopping

Refresh your home with stylish products handpicked by HGTV editors.


Watch Live TV

Don't miss your favorite shows.

Live Stream HGTV Now

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.