Once the season is over, it’s time to put away your Christmas tree and trimmings for another year. Storing decorations can be tricky, but the right materials and a little planning can turn it into a quick, trouble-free task. In this comprehensive guide, we share expert Christmas storage tips for your tree, ornaments, and other holiday décor.
How to Store Artificial Christmas Trees
When it comes to Christmas tree storage, it’s best to use durable storage bags to preserve the beauty of your tree. Balsam Hill trees come with standard Christmas tree bags made of rip-stop nylon with reinforced handles for easy handling. We also offer rolling tree storage bags so you can transport your tree from one place to another without heavy lifting.
How To Take Down And Store A Traditional Pre-Lit Balsam Hill Christmas Tree
There are two types of traditional pre-lit Christmas trees. We design our Easy Plug® Christmas trees with pre-made light connections inside the trunk. Meanwhile, a classic pre-lit, non-Easy Plug tree has light strings that require manual connection. Here are the steps to follow:
Step 1 | Unplug Lights
For non-Easy Plug trees, detach the light connections between the sections. If your tree is not pre-lit, remove the lights and store them separately.
Step 2 | Compress Branches
Use both hands to gently compress foliage on each branch before detaching each section.
Step 3 | Detach Sections
Take each section apart from the tree.
Step 4 | Flip Sections
Flip each section over and gently compress the branches. Set each section aside.
Step 5 | Remove Eyebolt
Loosen the bolt in the stand and pull the bottom tree section out. Place the bolt and stand inside their own storage bag.
Step 6 | Cover Connectors
Cover the bottom of each tree section with the attached cap.
Step 7 | Tie Ribbon
Tie a ribbon or cord around the tree sections to secure the branches.
Step 8 | Store Sections
Position the sections in the bag(s) as if they were a pair of shoes in a box, with the pole in the center. For larger trees, place the odd-numbered sections in one bag and the even-numbered in the other.
Step 9 | Zip Up Bag
Seal the bag properly and store.
How To Take Down And Store A Balsam Hill Flip Tree®
Balsam Hill Flip Trees feature innovative technology that simplifies the setup and storage process. It has a built-in rolling stand that lets you take it in and out of storage easily. Pack up and store your Flip Tree with these steps:
Step 1 | Lock Brakes
Press or step down on the wheels to lock the brakes.
Step 2 | Unplug Tree
Unplug the tree from the power source or wall outlet.
Step 3 | Take Treetop
Detach the top section of the tree.
Step 4 | Compress Foliage
Turn over the top section and gently compress the branches.
Step 5 | Store Treetop
Place the top section in its own storage bag.
Step 6 | Spread Branches
Spread apart the branches in the bottom section to make way for the Flip Tree track.
Step 7 | Press Foot Pedal
Press or step down on the foot pedal while pulling the center pole towards you.
Step 8 | Flip Bottom Section
Flip the bottom tree section over into storage position.
Step 9 | Secure Light Cord
Gather the light cord and secure it with a twist tie or rubber band. Place the cord within the tree.
Step 10 | Enclose Bottom Half
Enclose the bottom half of the tree in its storage bag.
Step 11 | Pull Up Collar
Place the elastic collar around the top of the tree.
Step 12 | Tuck Branches
Tuck the branches in the bag and secure it with the Velcro closure.
Step 13 | Buckle Straps
Buckle and tighten all the straps to keep the tree compact and ready to store.
Step 14 | Store Accessories
Store small items like gloves, extra bulbs, and remote controls in the small bag and attach it to the main one.
Step 15 | Roll Into Storage
Unlock the wheels and roll your tree into storage, together with the other bag containing its upper section.
Christmas Tree Storage Tips
- Consider moving the storage bag and tree sections to your final storage location before packing them to minimize heavy lifting.
- Returning your tree to its original cardboard box may seem like a good idea, however, these boxes are bound to deteriorate over time. The material is also prone to damage from dust, mites, pests, and other elements. Without proper safekeeping, a carboard Christmas tree storage box is likely to grow mold and cause irreversible damage to your tree.
- Gently compress each tree section so that it will fit more easily into your storage container. We also recommend tying each section with a ribbon or cord to secure the branches.
- Store your tree in a cool, dry location to prevent it from acquiring a musty odor while in storage. As a precautionary measure, store the tree with a container of baking soda or unused coffee grounds. If you’re storing it in the shed or garage, pick a spot away from sunlight or heat sources and make sure it’s secured against potential pest infestation.
How to Store Christmas Decorations
The best way to store Christmas decorations is to use dedicated containers that help maintain the condition of your holiday décor. A well-organized collection also eliminates the need to buy new items every year and makes it easy to find the right accents when it’s time to decorate again. See our storage tips below.
How To Store Christmas Ornaments
Step 1 | Prepare Your Storage Containers
Gather the original packaging of your ornaments if they’re designed for reuse. Also consider Christmas ornament storage bags that are designed to hold and protect baubles. We offer rolling ornament chests that can keep up to 120 pieces.
As an alternative, use clear plastic containers that let you see the ornaments without having to open the lid. This will reduce time spent looking for Christmas decorations when the next holiday season rolls around.
Step 2 | Remove the Ornaments
Place towels around the base of your Christmas tree to catch any fragile ornaments that might fall while you’re taking down decorations. Start removing ornaments from the bottom of the tree and work your way up. Reaching for the topmost ornaments first may cause you to accidentally dislodge those in the lower sections.
Step 3 | Organize Your Ornaments
Sort your Christmas ornaments according to your preferred system. Storing by style, size, or color helps make it much easier to decorate based on a specific look. Label the containers and list the contents of each box for faster retrieval. For containers without individual compartments, purchase or create your own cardboard dividers.
How To Store Ribbons and Garlands
Step 1 | Remove the Strands
Step 2 | Store the Strands Individually
Wrap each strand around a piece of rigid cardboard to prevent tangling. Then, place the individually wrapped strings inside a durable Ziploc or plastic bag to protect them from getting scratched. Avoid storing multiple garlands in a single container as this could cause tangles and damage.
How to Store Other Christmas Decorations
Christmas decorations with irregular shapes, such as tree toppers and picks, may require separate containers if they don’t fit standard ornament storage boxes. Bring out their original packaging or secure them in individual containers. If you don’t have time to wrap each item individually, line the bottom of your box with shredded paper. Place the items inside and add more shredded paper to keep the pieces from moving around.
Use bubble wrap or plastic foam to protect snow globes and other fragile accents. Store fabric decorations like stockings and tree skirts in vacuum-sealed plastic bags to keep them safe from insects, dust, and dirt.
How To Store Wreaths, Garlands, and Other Greenery
Lasting beauty is one of the many benefits of artificial greenery. Through proper care and storage, you can keep your artificial wreaths, garlands, and other foliage items in great shape season after season. Follow the steps below
Step 1 | Clean Your Greenery
Remove dust and dirt build-up from the branch tips using a feather duster or a hair dryer set on low. With a microfiber cloth, gently wipe the larger decorations such as leaves and ornaments.
Step 2 | Remove Other Decorations
Pull out any ornaments, picks, and ribbons that are not attached to the greenery. Store these accents together with your Christmas tree decorations.
Step 3 | Compress the Foliage
Flatten the tips of your faux greenery to better fit your storage bags. Simply press the foliage in the direction it’s pointing to.
Step 4 | Pack Away Your Greenery
Store your Christmas wreaths and garlands in their original boxes or invest in storage bags that are specially designed to protect your greenery. Balsam Hill’s wreath & garland rolling storage chest provides enough space to hold multiple wreaths and garlands in an optimal position that preserves their form and beauty. It also features versatile containers for ornaments and other Christmas decorations.
How To Store Christmas Lights
Avoid damaged bulbs and tangled wires with proper Christmas lights storage. Neatly wrapped light strings will save you time and effort spent detangling and unwinding. Our light strings storage box is designed to hold six spools while keeping your Christmas lights protected in storage. You can also try these easy do-it-yourself options:
Wrap a light strand around your forearm to form a loose circle. To do this, hold one end of the strand, guide it down around your elbow, and bring it back up to your hand. Secure the resulting bundle with twist ties, then store each bundle in its own plastic zipper bag. Label the bag according to the color or type of light strand. Finally, place all the bags in a durable plastic bin.
Wind a light strand around your hand and transfer it onto a tension rod. Fit the rods lengthwise in a plastic storage bin along with other lighting accessories, such as extension cords, foot pedal switches, and remote controls.
Cut small slits at both ends of a cardboard sheet and wrap individual light strands around the sheet. Use the slits to secure the plugs on either end of the strand. Label each sheet, then stack them in a plastic storage bin.
Wind separate light strands around individual wire spools, and label them accordingly. Avoid winding multiple strands in a single spool, as light strings tend to get buried under other strands and could make unspooling a challenge.
How To Store Christmas Decorations in the Garage
Storing Christmas decorations in the garage eliminates the need to lug bulky boxes filled with delicate ornaments up and down stairs, as is often the case with attics or basements. As garages are often dark and cool, they also provide optimal conditions for storing decorations that should not be exposed to sunlight or heat.
Artificial Christmas trees properly disassembled and packed, ornaments and other small pieces secured against breakage, large outdoor or lawn holiday décor, and Christmas lights can all be safely stacked on sturdy garage shelves.
However, there are certain items that should not be stored in the garage. These include:
However, there are certain items that should not be stored in the garage. These include:
Décor with perishable or edible components (like gingerbread houses), as they can attract pests or rodents
Fragile or antique pieces
Wax candles that may melt or deform in storage
Move on to the next section for ideas where these items can be safely moved and stored until next season.
More Tips for Storing Christmas Decorations
Common Storage Spots
After your Christmas decorations are all packed up, it’s time to decide where to place them. If your garage is unavailable, consider other dry and safe spots that are easily accessible but kept away from small children or pets. Here are some common storage locations to get you started:
- Storage room
- Large cupboards
- Closets (especially in guest bedrooms)
- Cabinets and linen closets
- Empty shelves
If you’re running low on space, try converting empty corners into makeshift storage areas. For example, the space underneath your staircase can house stacks of containers. Turn any unused corner into a hidden storage spot by adding dividers or folding screens.
Keep Christmas decorations away from direct sunlight
Direct sunlight and prolonged exposure to heat can damage your decorations. Excessive moisture may also ruin holiday items, so keep them away from extreme changes in humidity and temperature. Use desiccants to help keep your containers dry.
Protect your décor against pests
Make sure your containers are sealed tight to prevent pests from chewing on the wires and destroying fragile ornaments.
Stack boxes correctly
When stacking boxes, make sure that they can withstand heavy weight and the occasional bump. Place the heavier boxes at the bottom and the lighter ones on top. Take extra care when storing boxes in the garage. Test the weight of boxes before removing from higher shelves or garage racks. Special care should be taken when storing Christmas decoration boxes high in the garage as well.
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