Christmas Storage Tips to Keep Your Holiday Stuff Organized

By Lisa Kaplan Gordon

Take the hassle out of putting away Christmas lights and decorations with these easy storage tips. Bonus: unpacking next year will be a snap!

Tangle-Free Lights

Cardboard organizer: Cut 1-inch slits in the sides of a rectangular piece of cardboard, and wind string Christmas lights around, using the slits to hold the wire. Cut slits in the top and bottom to secure both ends. Shoebox lids are good candidates. Cut off sides, wind lights, and store in the box.

Garden hose reel: To keep long strings of lights organized, thread them onto a garden hose reel, and crank.

Wrapping paper roll: Don't toss but recycle those used wrapping paper rolls. Wind lights around the roll, and store extra bulbs in a plastic bag placed inside the tube.

Wire clothes hangers: Up-cycle those extra wire clothes hangers by wrapping lights around them. Turn up each end so the lights don't slip off. Then hang them in a storage closet, or place them into a storage bin.

Tension rods: To keep lights from tangling in plastic bins, wrap lights around your arm, slip the rolled lights over tension rods, and then fit rods into the bins.

Ornament Organizers

Ornament storage boxes: Buy these ornament storage boxes once, and you've solved your ornament storage problem for years. They come in cardboard, plastic and nylon; small (18 ornaments) or large (some hold 80); with fixed or adjustable dividers ($25-$40). Go luxe with Frontgate's telescoping ornament bag that pops open to display four removable ornament trays, then collapses for easy storage.

Recycle gift boxes: Give clothing gift boxes a second life as ornament storage. Reuse the tissue paper to wrap each ornament. Fruit gift boxes often have dividers that are perfect for ornaments.

Stocking stuffers: Put your Christmas stockings to use all year by storing your most precious and oddly shaped ornaments inside them.

Keep Holiday Paper Under Wraps

Garment bags: Clothes bags are great ways to store all your giftwrapping paper and tools. Wrapping paper rolls will stand up straight. You can thread spools of ribbon on a pants hanger, which you'll hook onto the closet rod. Place tape, scissors, and bows in plastic bags, and store in the bottom of the garment bag.

Spice racks: Install spice racks on the back of a closet or tall cabinet door to keep ribbon and rolls snug. Elfa lets you design your own system here.

This story originally was published on HouseLogic.

See more on HouseLogic:
The Moving Target That is 2012 Taxes
'Gangnam Style' Christmas Light Shows Popping Up All Over
How to Make Bird Suet to Feed Winter Birds

Listing Fail: Bad Holiday Decorations
See Gallery
Christmas Storage Tips to Keep Your Holiday Stuff Organized

Who doesn't love good ol' Santa Claus? That's no excuse for having him creepily peering over the side of your bed (not to mention the rest of the room's decor!).

Thanks to Hooked on Houses

If you thought having Santa staring at you while you slept was bad, you probably won't want him watching you in the bathroom. We're not sure who came up with the santa toilet seat cover, but i'm sure they are happy that at least one person bought it!

H/T Lovely Listings

Are these someone's Christmas decorations or was there a massacre at the North Pole? Someone's holiday party got out of hand.

H/T Hooked On Houses

Maybe in this case something isn't better than nothing. Next year at least try stringing your lights horizontally!

H/T Hooked On Houses

If this family is wondering why their utility bill for December is in the six figures, upgrading the home's insulation might not be the right answer.

(H/T Lovely Listings)

Who says dinosaurs don't love the holidays? I wonder if it is visited by Santa Claws (Santa Clausaurus)?

(H/T Lovely Listings)

One-upping your neighbor is easier if they don't put together a very classically beautiful Christmas light display. These homeowners seemed to recognize that they couldn't keep up. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em! 

Read more about these clever neighbors here:

'Ditto' Holiday Display Steals Neighborhood Spotlight

Having a graveyard display in front of your house might make sense around Halloween. But if you're using that image past Oct. 31 to advertise your home, you might want to consider using Photoshop. Or take down the graveyard and take a new picture!

(H/T Ugly House Photos)

As a general rule, you always want to make your home look as big as possible when you're selling it. So maybe avoid placing giant fake pumpkins outside your house.

H/T Ugly House Photos

If you don't want to kill a tree or use a fake one, then clearly you should use a ladder.

H/T Ugly House Photos

Usually people like to decorate the outside of their home at Halloween for trick-or-treaters. At this house, the scares don't stop there.

H/T Hooked On Houses

Not much else to say except ... maybe dial it back a little!

H/T Hooked On Houses

They own a flag store and had some leftover inventory?

H/T Hooked On Houses

Photo: Facebook

This isn't exactly a listing fail, but we couldn't resist. This home's light display is synced to  "Gangnam Style." Watch the video!

(H/T Curbed)


More on AOL Real Estate:
Find out how to
calculate mortgage payments.
homes for sale in your area.
foreclosures in your area.
See celebrity real estate.

Follow us on Twitter at @AOLRealEstate or connect with AOL Real Estate on Facebook.
Read Full Story

Find a home

Powered by Zillow