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How to Store Christmas Decorations
At Komandor, we’re all about home storage solutions that work. Accessibility and versatility are key in solving most storage conundrums.
When it comes to Christmas decorations, however, these items are used once a year and so tend to get boxed and placed in the loft or the back of a dark cupboard. We take a look at some ideas we fond online and how successful they are.
#1 Clear plastic box and bags are your friends
Invest in a large, sturdy plastic box or two to accommodate your Christmas decorations. Place your tree baubles in clear plastic zip bags, piling gently in a box with lid.
WINNER: great for keeping same colour baubles together or you can use this system to keep the same size baubles together too.
#2 Shrink wrap your tree
You may have seen plastic-wrapped pallets being delivered to stores and you could do the same with your artificial Christmas tree. Using clingfilm, push the branches up and then wrap the clingfilm around the trees. WARNING – it takes a lot of clingfilm!
NOT SO GREAT: we found it fiddly and didn’t really contribute to a quick and easy putting up of the tree. We suggest keeping the artificial Christmas tree in its original box. Also, not brilliant idea if you are cutting down on one-use plastic. Use an old, large bed sheet instead to wrap the artificial tree if you don’t have the original box. Use ribbon to tie the sheet in place once you’ve rolled the tree in it.
#3 Make your own Christmas light organiser
You’ll need a sturdy piece of rectangular cardboard per light set. At each short end, cut into the cardboard to leave a groove. Start wrapping the lights around from one short end to the other.
WINNER: This worked for us and is based on the same principle as keeping the lawnmower cable tidy.
#4 Keep knobbly garland knot-free
We love the metallic ‘knobbled’ garlands for adding a festive detail to the tree but what we hate is when we come to get it out the following year, it is one big knotty mess. You could use the same principle as above or keep it in empty water bottles. Just allow the garland to gently drop into the bottle and then next Christmas, just pull it out for use.
WINNER: No knots!
#5 Bauble rack
Use two pieces of doweling slip through a hole at either end of a sturdy box. As you push the doweling through one end, hand your baubles on it and then push through the other hole and you have your baubles all conveniently located in one place. Pop a lid on top to keep them dust free.
SEMI-WINNER: We used this with the more ‘special’ baubles but if you have a fair few tree baubles to hang, this isn’t the most space-efficient method.
#6 Clothes rail hanging
If you have space in your loft, investing in a cheap clothes rail is great for hanging wreaths and other Christmas items out of the way. Use plastic covers or use old sheets to keep the dust off.
SEMI-WINNER: Great if you have wreaths and other things to hang. Great for Christmas costumes too!