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
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.
2. Wayfair Christmas wreath bag
Christmas wreath storage bag | $16.99 at Wayfair
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.
3. Bed Bath & Beyond Christmas tree bag
Christmas Tree Storage Bag | $36.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond
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.
4. Target Christmas Light Reels storage
Christmas light reels storage bag | $11.99 at Target
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
Measuring H42.5xW39.5xD 99cm, this sturdy storage box is ideal for tidying away an artificial Christmas tree that breaks down into several parts.
2. Ikea Christmas storage bag
Vinter 2020 storage bag | £3 at Ikea
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.
3. eBay fairy light storage bag
Christmas lights storage bag | £9.95 at eBay
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.
4. B&Q Decoration storage bag
Decoration storage bag | £8 from B&Q
With 48 individual cubby holes for delicate baubles or decorations up to 8cm in diameter, you can guarantee your decs will last year after year.
5. Ikea gift wrap storage
Hello there, I’m Ginevra Benedetti,
Associate Editor on the Homes Content Team at Future.
I’ve been fortunate enough to have been writing about interiors for the past 16 years on the majority of Britain’s monthly interiors titles, such as Ideal Home, Country Homes & Interiors and Style at Home, as well as Livingetc and of course, Homes & Gardens.
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Over the years, I’ve interviewed some of the most talented designers in the business and I’ve pretty much written about every area of the home, from shopping and decorating, appliances and home tech, wallpaper and fabric, kitchens and bathrooms, even extensions and conversions.
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