Cast your mind back to last November or early December when you unpacked all of your Christmas decorations. Was it a stressful mess or an organised dream?
In all likeliness, you had to untangle your string lights, you unearthed a shattered bauble or two and it took you around four days to find the Christmas tree stand. Let's not have a repeat of that this year, shall we?
With a little preparation and a few canny buys, you can make next December's decorating task a far more relaxed one.
We've popped our organizational Santa hats on and collated a must-have list of storage buys to help you pack away your Christmas decorations neatly and safely this week.
They may not be the most glamorous of purchases but they will change your life (every Christmas at least). We've grouped the storage into two lists - one for our readers who live in the US and one for our UK-based readers.
Simply scroll down to see what's available, or use the handy jump links below to skip straight to the list relevant to you.
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Undecorating buys for the US
Here are our recommended buys for US shoppers to guarantee your Christmas decorations stay safe and in one place.
1. Amazon ornament Storage Box
Zober Christmas Ornament Storage Box | $31.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
With separate carry trays that stack neatly on top of each other - making it easy to carry them around when decorating, theis large storage bag has a total of 128 spaces for Christmas ornaments, up to 3" in width.
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2. Wayfair Christmas wreath bag
Christmas wreath storage bag | $16.99 at Wayfair (opens in new tab)
Heavy duty and moisture resistant (so ideal if stored in an outdoors in a shed), this 30" bag will ensure your artificial wreath looks good as new, year after year.
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3. Bed Bath & Beyond Christmas tree bag
Christmas Tree Storage Bag | $36.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond (opens in new tab)
Suitable for a 7.5' tree, this neat storage bag will keep your tree in one place, stand and all, ready for use next year. There's also a vertical storage bag for a 9' tree, too.
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4. Target Christmas Light Reels storage
Christmas light reels storage bag | $11.99 at Target (opens in new tab)
Three heavy duty reels all feature ingenious spinning handles that will make winding up your lights a total dream. Each reel can hold up to 200 mini lights and they all slot neatly into the carry bag.
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Undecorating buys for the UK
Must-buys for UK shoppers if you want your decs in order come Christmas 2021.
1. Dunelm Christmas Tree Storage Box
Red Christmas tree storage box | £20 at Dunelm (opens in new tab)
Measuring H42.5xW39.5xD 99cm, this sturdy storage box is ideal for tidying away an artificial Christmas tree that breaks down into several parts.
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2. Ikea Christmas storage bag
Vinter 2020 storage bag | £3 at Ikea (opens in new tab)
Not specifically designed for Christmas decorations but when stashed away neatly in your loft or garage, the festive pattern will let you know instantly what the bag contains. Perfect for storing stockings, festive textiles and any robust decorations.
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3. eBay fairy light storage bag
Christmas lights storage bag | £9.95 at eBay (opens in new tab)
Holding up to 800 lights, this compact carry bag will store all of your fairy lights in one place and the handy transparent window will make it easy to see what's inside, too.
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