Keep your take out containers

Plastic take out containers lined with tissue paper are great for larger ornaments or those with special decorations or breakable parts. Egg cartons are great for smaller glass balls.fast-food-container

Wrap Lights Around Cardboard

When you wrap your lights around pieces of disposable cardboard before putting them in storage, you can write handy reminders (“only half this strand works” “use this set for the porch”) that’ll keep you organized next year.

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Keep Garland in Water Bottles

Nothing is more frustrating than when long strings of garland get twisted around all of your holiday decorations. Prevent that mishap by storing your beads in a plastic water bottle — each container will hold two strings of beads!

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Determine What You Should Keep vs. Toss

Keep stockings — and not the kind that hang from the mantel: Old hosiery can protect specialty candles from getting damaged. Slip knee-highs over the pillars to keep them dust-free. Then, nestle them in tissue paper to prevent dents or scratches, and stow away from heat or pressure, which can melt or warp the wax.candle packing

Toss newspaper padding. While it might seem eco-friendly to wrap fragile ornaments in yesterday’s news, the ink can smudge decorations. Opt for white tissue paper (colored sheets can bleed) or plastic grocery bags.

Keep notes about your decorations: what worked, where they went, what you need to replace — even Santa makes a list! Stash the info in the box you’ll open first.

 

These are just a few ideas for how to better pack up after the Christmas season and make setting up next years that much easier.

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and a wonderful holiday season!

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