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3 Brilliant (and Free!) Hacks for Storing All Your Christmas Decorations

updated Jan 2, 2020
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Now that the holidays are over, all you’re left with is a container full of cookies and a whole mess of decorations to put away. And in the sugar-fueled stupor of the post-Christmas season, it can be tempting to walk into an organizing store and blow a gift card or three on unitasking storage containers.

But you so don’t need to. Save your money for something you really want, because you can scavenge some really smart Christmas decoration storage with these upcycled hack-type tips.

Credit: Joe Lingeman

1. Store Ornaments in Egg Cartons and Cup Holders

Small, round-ish ornaments are a perfect fit for cardboard or styrofoam egg cartons. And while you’re on your third coffee run of the day, remember to stockpile the cup holders the barista sends you off with — sandwiched together, they’re perfect for storing bigger baubles.

Don’t want to diy? Try this: Simplify Ornament Storage, $16

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2. Store Light Strings With Coffee Cans

Cut a slit in the plastic lid of a (washed) coffee can and push through the plug end of a string of lights. Wrap the rest of the lights around the outside of the can and — voila! — no more tangles.

Don’t want to diy? Try this: TreeKeeper Light Storage Reels, $20

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4. Store Wreaths on Dry Cleaner Hangers

Don’t toss the hanger and bag from your pre-holiday dry cleaning run just yet. You can bend the bottom of the wire hanger around your Christmas wreaths, then hang them up in a closet or garment rack to keep their shape. And you can even use the plastic dry cleaning garment bag to protect it from dust. Next year, your decorations will look like-new, and it didn’t cost you a dime.

Don’t want to diy? Try this: Christmas Wreath Storage Bag, $18 for two

This post originally ran on Apartment Therapy. See it there: 3 Brilliant (and Free!) Hacks for Storing Christmas Decorations