Are you packing up Christmas at your house? Here are easy Christmas storage hacks and Christmas organization ideas and how I store my stuff.

Okay.

I know this is a little random.

This actually isn’t what I was going to post for the last day of Christmas in July.

I was working on gift wrapping ideas for Christmas.

But Y’ALL.

The e-mails and messages I have gotten about Christmas and organization and where I put all my stuff? It could NOT be ignored.

So if you are looking for ideas on Christmas organization and how I keep up with nine Christmas trees and all their friends?

I have the post for you.

This is a post I wrote last year as I was packing everything up with all my best tips.

I hope it gives you some ideas for all your Christmas stuff. 🙂

Normally I wait for January 6 to undecorate.

My Christmas decorations and I wait for the wise men to show up before everything is packed away. It’s a tradition my mother started years ago.

But this year?

This year I’m SO EXCITED about the new year and all the projects and things we have planned that I started packing up Christmas the day after Santa climbed down the chimney.

As I was packing everything and putting it away, I thought it might be helpful if I showed you how I packed it and what I used and the best ideas to keep all the Christmas decor neat and tidy until December rolls around again. Here’s a little post I put together with creative Christmas decor storage ideas and simple hacks to make it all a little easier and some creative tips to help make the whole decluttering process after Christmas a little easier.

Christmas organization ideas made easy.

See what I mean?

2022 is already looking better. 🙂

Simple Christmas organization ideas on a dime

1. I kept the plastic trays that muffins come in. They make GREAT ornament storage.

2. You can use empty plastic water bottles to keep the beaded garland in. This year it got so tangled and I was so frustrated. You can put one garland in each water bottle and layer them in a clear plastic tote. I also put the garland in one section of these containers, too.

3. I think clear totes are my new favorite. We also have red for all our old Christmas totes so you can spot them easily in the attic.

4. For the outside wreaths (the ones I don’t put in wreath organizers, I put them in plastic garbage bags and hang them from the rolling rack in the attic. I’m using the wreath organizers above for indoor wreaths and front and back door wreaths that I have.

5. I have a clear bin just for gift bags and a clear tote for boxes. That way I can get them early next year.

6. This year, I’m going to wrap my lights around two tension rods and put the rods in a bin. That way next year, I can just slide the lights off the rods and they won’t be tangled.

7. I group decor by places I used it in the house. For example, I put all my Christmas mantel in one bin, etc. That way next year I can just recreate the same look (or something similar).

Christmas organization ideas tree storage

Here are some of the best Christmas organization ideas

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How to store the tree

Several years ago I got a tree that came with a bag that zipped. Until then I’d never used a bag before.

Usually we just tried to stuff the tree back into the box that it came in and wrapped it with duct tape. That solution worked for a while, but then several things happened:

  1. My white trees turned yellow because they weren’t stored properly.
  2. Sometimes we couldn’t get it all back into the box and we’d leave the tree stand somewhere else in the attic and it would get lost and the tree would be tree standless.
  3. The tree branches were smushed and it took extra time to fluff them out the next year.
  4. The pinecones or extra decor on the branches would fall off.

The solution to all that?

The tree bag.

Christmas organization ideas tree bag

This bag comes with a wreath bag as well as a set and has a coupon right now for 10% off.

You can see the wreath and bag set here.

The bag is REALLY ROOMY and fits up to a nine-foot tree. It’s made of this amazing material that’s waterproof and dustproof and prevents friends in the attic from getting into the bag.

We’ve been using these bags for several years and you won’t believe the difference in the trees when you unpack them. It’s one of the best Christmas organization ideas.

Here are some other tree storage options, too:

Christmas organization ideas wreath storage

Christmas organization ideas wreath storage container

How to store wreaths

We have tons of different types of wreaths for Christmas. There are the indoor wreaths like this ornament wreath that need special packaging. Then there are the wreaths on the outside of the house and the wreaths on the doors. For the outdoor wreaths there are so many that I just hang them in plastic garbage bags on a rolling rack in the attic. Then for the rest of the wreaths, I use these wreath bags for each different set.

The instructions say two wreaths fit inside the bag, but I typically can fit three wreaths in each one. They have zippers on the outside edges and the bag is made of this amazing material that’s waterproof and dustproof and prevents friends in the attic from getting into the bag.

The wreath bags I used came with the tree bag I ordered or you can order them separately here.

(total aside: this has NOTHING to do with Christmas—but look at this tulip wreath I have marked to order for spring. You can see it here.)

Here are some other Christmas organization ideas for wreath storage:

How to store ornaments

This year I had so many ornaments break that I was determined to redo the storage.

I did a little bit of research and found these zippered containers. They are PERFECT. Each of the containers stores 64 ornaments. There are cardboard inserts that fit into each other and you layer them in the container. It took me two of these per tree to pack up the ornaments. Depending on the size of the ornaments, I could fit two of them into a slot.

Here are some other ornament storage options, too:

How to store oversized ornaments

This was the hardest part of Christmas ornament organizing.

Seriously.

I couldn’t find an affordable option for 4″ and larger ornaments. They were all SO EXPENSIVE.

And then?

I came up with a BRILLIANT idea. I just took this zippered container and took out the center sections like I show above. It allowed me to store the larger (and oddly shaped ornaments) in this container. You can adjust the center sections to fit any size that you need.

You can see the container here.

Christmas organization ideas and products

How to store garland

There were two types of garland that needed storage. The outdoor garland that I stored in these bags.

You can see them here.

I also had the garland from the tree that were different sizes and shapes. These are always so challenging for me. You can use the water bottle method that I talked about earlier or you could just add them to these zippered ornament storage containers.

Every one of my garlands fit into a section of this container.

Do you know how happy I am that they won’t be all tangled up with the ornaments this year?

Christmas organization ideas wrapping

How to store gift wrap

Storing gift wrap is one of the most important Christmas organization ideas. This was the year I organized my Christmas gift wrap PERFECTLY. You may have seen me post all about this organizer on my Instagram stories, but it was a game-changer. My whole family used it and they LOVED it. It was so portable and had a place for wrapping paper and ribbons and boxes and tags and it slid under the bed when we weren’t using it.

You can see what I used to organize my gift wrap here.

Here are some other gift wrap storage options, too:

Simple Christmas organization ideas for after Christmas

1. Un-decorating

Don’t put all your Christmas decor away.

Some of it is actually Christmas disguised as winter.

Christmas snowflakes are winter snowflakes. Reindeer are actually winter forest creatures. Tabletop trees are actually winter flora and fauna. Twinkle lights are just like stars in the sky.

Red and green decor, parting is such sweet sorrow.

But the rest of your twigs can hang around until March.

2. Take a picture

That’s easy for me to say.

I write a blog.

But having photographs of your last year’s Christmas decor is a great way to remind yourself when next year rolls around.

Remember. There are 362 sleeps between now and then.

3. Label it

This is a tip I use every single day.

Seriously.

Sometimes things laying around the house have no idea where to go.

You have to help them out.

That’s where labels come in. Most of the organizers I’m sharing here all have tags on the outside in a clear sleeve that you can label for next year.

4. Be kind to yourself

Rome wasn’t built in a day.

Christmas decor wasn’t either.

It took a while to get it all up and it will take a while to get it all down. That’s why these Christmas organization ideas are so important.

All you need to do is tackle a little at a time. And then? Treat yourself to a movie or something special.

Whew.

I hope this post was a little bit helpful. Thanks for joining me on my my organization journey. I am SO HAPPY to have everything put away with a place for everything and everything in its place.

If you need a little inspiration to undecorate this year?

A cute organizer goes a LONG way in helping you get motivated.

And now?

I’m officially kicking off 2022 tomorrow with the BEST peanut butter cookie recipe from my mother that we made on repeat over the holidays.

Happy new year

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Comments

  1. Image for Kris Kris

    Thanks for the tips--I've wondered about the bags for storing Christmas trees! I think today is the day of undecorating here at my house. Sigh. Wanna do it while my son is still home from college! BTW, I'm in total agreement that there are many items that read "winter" once you pull the Christmas stuff off of them. My antique sleds definitely fit that category.

  2. Image for Betsy Betsy

    I'm starting to believe that Christmas decorations multiple while they're packed away. Every year I donate more and more, I like simple decorating. When I unpack in November I swear there's more there ! Happy New Year KariAnne! Thanks for the great tips.

  3. Image for Donna Marie Donna Marie

    I am waiting until the 5th, so my friend can see my Christmas tree, etc.!!! I organize my Christmas in Rubbermaid tubs that I label by number (and items)and then put the items on an Excel spreadsheet so I can find them by tub number or item description. It is not that hard and it makes it so easy to find things and to know what goes back in each tub!!! The tubs have a high lid on them (4" or so) so anything we find or used for January can be easily added later.

    1. Image for Jane Jane

      Hey, I do the same thing. I label by number and have an extensive list if what is in that tub. I have moved 24 times in 56 years of marriage. For the past four moves I numbered the boxes and the room from which they were packed. So I knew where to put the box as we moved I to a house. It works with holiday decorations too. I use Christmas read and then tubs and grey ones for everything else to store. Again I label the tub with the room and holiday but keep the detailed list on a spreadsheet. It is easy to go fund a particular item without plundering through many tubs to find that one item you need. Happy Parking, Jane

  4. Image for Becky Becky

    Thanks for your always practical tips. Putting away Christmas decor isn’t nearly as fun as decorating but your ideas help make it doable. Happy New Year!

  5. Image for laura laura

    Clear bins - why did it take me so long to figure that out. i have the same bags! Wait until you see what we did over the weekend for our garland! Happy New Year! I tell my mom my tree is still up until January 6th! 😉🎄

  6. Image for Judy Allen Judy Allen

    I ordered a tree bag! The box it came in was not an option. I mean, seriously, who can actually get those things back in their box?! Now my 9 foot tree will proudly stand up until next year. Thank you for a great idea. P. S. I have packed my decor by each area they are used, for years. Just pull out the bin and look back at the pic and boom! No wasted brain cells! Lol.

  7. Image for Rebecca Parker Rebecca Parker

    I love all your storage ideas! Some of them I already use but some I’d never thought of (like the muffin containers)! You are a genius! Thank you for always giving us great ways to make our lives easier! Happy New Year!

  8. Image for sheryl sheryl

    I love to hear your stories; even more than the advice. And I often wonder how "excited" those Wise Men must have been as they set out to find our savior. There continues to be something very special about celebrating the birth of our savior. I also take my time putting everything away ❤️

  9. Image for Sharon Sharon

    Great tips. We just got a 9 ft. Flocked tree this year and we weren't sure how we were going to store it. We have never used a bag for tree storage before, but I think I may try it for the flocked tree. I am hoping to store it without too much wear and tear to the flocking. Also, thanks for talking about keeping some winter decor up. I have a running debate with my husband. He seems to think everything needs to come down after the holidays and I keep telling him that pinecones, branches, snowflakes and snowmen are WINTER decorations, not just for Christmas. I will show him your post!

  10. Image for Va in NC Va in NC

    Good morning and thanks for all your tips. Wish I had seen this earlier. Grandson came and helped me put away all mine...will have no idea come next Christmas...lol Will order the tree bag as we always have too much fluffing to straighten branches from stuffing into box. Thank you also for the 17 favorites of 2021. Ordered several as I trust your honest evaluation of products. And your joyful presentations. Thank you for sharing the joy, I appreciate very much. Blessings to you and yours for the New Year.

  11. Image for Lee Stearns Lee Stearns

    Love your storage tips! I used to teach classes in organizing and one favorite was to hang wreaths and garlands on a tension rod between rafters in the attic, then cover with a sheet! I also hung all the big bows there too! For beaded garlands I used a Hangup shoe bag with plastic pockets so you could see each one! Attach to attic beam with 2 cup hooks! I keep everything in clear totes with a card in the inside front of each box with contents- saves “ rooting” thru each box! And I store my stuff by room- “ porch” box , “ dining room”, 12’ tree, etc! Easy to put around the house, saves time/steps! AND before you put it all away, say a little prayer of thanks for a great holiday and for the hope to do it again next year! Stay well y’all! And thanks KariAnne

  12. Image for Tammy Tammy

    Great tips! I am in the process of packaging my stuff up. The Santas were packed up and the trees will be this week. Happy New Year, friend!

  13. Image for Ann C Ann C

    A few years ago I realized carrying big full tubs up a flight of stairs was just too much. So I bought more tubs! Now each one is only half full and easy to maneuver. I love my tree bag and actually cleaned out a closet in the guest room so that it gets stored on the main floor. As you age you need to arrange stuff so you can continue to do what you like. I love decorating for Christmas so don’t want to give it up because of logistics.

  14. Image for Teresa Gonzales Teresa Gonzales

    Thanks for the ideas and resources. We organize the same way. We use the clear plastic bottles for lights too. It works great! I do have different themes organized by theme ie. stars, snowflakes, etc.

  15. Image for Kathy Kathy

    I store my ornaments in the original boxes which keeps them from getting broken and I can easily see which ones i may use each year. I have no attic and with all the decorations I have it is a chore to find a place to put it all. One bedroom closet is devoted to decor and shelves built in one section of the garage does the job. I listed on a sheet of paper what is in each tub and know what is in each one usually without looking at it. Greenery goes in one, smaller trees go in another, etc. It is a job taking it down and putting it up but what a joy it is between those times!

  16. Image for Kathy Dombrowski Kathy Dombrowski

    I just ordered 4 clear wreath holders. Why did I wait so long? I've been storing them in clear garbage bags. Ugh! Thanks for all the tips. I'm wondering if you remember where you got the large snow flake ornaments that are on your favorite tree? I would love some!!

  17. Image for Michelle Crowley Michelle Crowley

    I love your blog SO much, you share so many great ideas! I thought I was pretty savvy with my Christmas organization until some of your storage ideas blew my mind! I have s-t-r-u-g-g-l-e-d (with huge emphasis!!!) with how to store wreaths, not just for Christmas but for all the seasons! I have SO many - what to do with them for the 11 months they are not in use??? Hanging them on a hanging rack is beyond brilliant, thank you for being brilliant! Also love your idea of using muffin containers for ornaments, so smart! PS - Just sharing. . . In the amazing dream home we spent 9 months designing with our Architect (and then decided not to build) my absolutely favorite feature was a Christmas Tree Closet. In the great room I designed a massive bookshelf that was actually a hinged door with a hidden closet behind it. The idea was that I would cover my tree to keep the dust off and just wheel it in, completely decorated! Every year when I spend two full days fussing with the lights and fluffing the branches to decorate the tree I pout just a little for what might have been . . .

  18. Image for Pilar Pilar

    Love your blog and have also enjoyed the tips shared by your readers. I use old plastic shopping bags as wrapping g for my delicate ornaments over and over. Each year the same plastic bags get stored in the labeled box of the color family or theme (Sea tree, Animal Tree, Nativity tree, etc). I also like to wait until the Feast of the Nativity to take down our trees. Happy & Healthy New Year to ALL! ❤️🙏🏻

  19. Image for LeAnn B. LeAnn B.

    Am new to your blog! Love your ideas for storage! I already do some of this, but am going to redo sometime later, maybe next year, by the room. Have a couple trees I need to work on to see what lights are out, so we can use them next year! BTW, check out the dimensions on the tulip wreath...I love it, but it seems to be VERY small. hmmmmm....

  20. Image for TJ TJ

    How does our Texas heat affect the things you store in your attic? I am especially thinking about wreaths stored on rolling rack in the attic. A brilliant idea, by the way, if I can get over my fear of our attic heat. Thanks for being an uplifting and informative blogger. You boost my spirits!

  21. Image for Patricia Patricia

    Aha! I'm not the only one who wondered about your Christmas storage! I still suspect witchcraft is involved. That handy extension charm.

  22. Image for francis c moore francis c moore

    A couple of weeks ago you posted about painting the outside of your house, getting a new roof, etc. I think you were going to blog about it the following week. Did I miss that blog? Many good tips on storing Christmas items.

  23. Image for Stacie Stacie

    So many great tips! You're so right about a tree bag; they are so handy and much easier to deal with than trying to re-cram the tree into it's originally box. I love those zippered ornament totes you have; those are so classy looking! I am definitely going to use MANY of your tips after this Christmas! Thank you!

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