Handyman How-To: Holiday Decoration Organization

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Say goodbye to tangled lights, crinkled wrapping paper, and mystery storage bins. This year, get organized before you put all your holiday decorations away. It will be such a pleasant surprise when next year rolls around and it’s time to deck the halls again.

Here are some helpful hints on how to get the most organization out of your decorations:

1. Invest in specialty boxes. In order to protect your ornaments and other fragile items, it is worth it to buy storage bins that are specifically designed to hold various things.

2. Although you can purchase storage options meant for your strands of lights, it is not necessary. Simply wrap the lights around old paper towel rolls, wrapping paper rolls, or tubes of newspaper bound with tape.

3. Make lists and labels. You’re already in the habit of making shopping lists and to-do lists just to make it through this hectic season, but it is just as important to keep up with the list making once the holidays are over. Label all your storage bins and boxes with room designations and include a list of everything that is inside.

4. Use rubber bands or string to keep each wrapping roll from unraveling, then tie them all together and place inside a garment bag or a long flat storage bin.

5. Cover wreaths and garland in garbage bags so they don’t collect dust or attract bugs while sitting in the garage, attic, or basement.

6. Save the plastic bags that duvets, comforters, and bedding come inside. They are perfect for storing plush holiday items and garland.

7. If you have an artificial tree, it is better to store it in a tarp-like bag instead of the original box it came in. Use multiple bags and string to tie sections together. This will size it down and make it easier to assemble next year.

8. Put all holiday decorations in one designated area of your house in a safe, dry place so that you don’t have to worry about potential damage.