There are plenty of storage options to buy which can make packing away decorations easier – one we like is a soft zipper bauble bag which has layers of individual sections for each bauble. But it’s also worth considering what you can recycle and turn into useful storage props:
- Egg cartons make great holders for small baubles.
- A screw-top water bottle is the perfect container for a beaded garland.
- Freezer bags are useful for glittery decorations that would otherwise shed their sparkle everywhere.
- A kitchen roll inner makes a good base for wrapping lights around to prevent annoying tangles. Just make a small rip in either end to thread the start and finish of the wires through.
No doubt, you’ll have a few cardboard boxes lingering around from pre-Christmas deliveries, and if they can survive transport, they should be good for containing decorations. Just be aware that cardboard boxes won’t store well in damp places and plastic boxes might be a better option in sheds or garages.
Look out for the cardboard dividers found in boxes used for wine or other fragile items too – they’ll come in handy to safely separate baubles.
Wreaths can be especially cumbersome to pack away. If you don’t still have the original box, consider attaching the wreath to a coat-hanger with twine then covering it in a bin liner or clothes cover and hanging it at the back of a wardrobe for safe keeping.