I remember as a young girl helping my mom and sister pull boxes and boxes of stuff upstairs from the basement. The boxes where like a Christmas gift all on their own. With written labels that had been crossed out over and over again it was never a sure thing that what you see on the outside is what you will get in the inside. Include my families history of cruel present jokes that I happily continue for my family has led me to really not believe the contents of a box based on what is written on it. With the opening of each box it was like pulling magic out. The piles of stuff grew as the mystery boxes were emptied. The boxes were then returned to the basement and the decorations dispersed throughout the house creating wonderful memories that I cherish now.

I can’t say that I did much in the way of packing up Christmas but I do remember carrying the boxes back downstairs and each year the boxes grew heavier and it always seemed like I made an extra trip. After I moved out and had a couple kids of my own my mom called me and wanted to update her storage for her holiday stuff. She was calling on me only because I enjoyed projects like this and she didn’t want to do it and she knew she could easily entice me with babysitting and a fun project. Plastic bins to hold holiday gear had just emerged and was the latest trend. I remember shopping with my mom and getting so excited at the wreath holders and supersized totes for Christmas trees, ornament containers and tubs to hold the lights.

I loved that they were all colored green and red and that made it really easy to identify which bins where for Christmas. I also hated that the only clear bins they offered at the time were the ornament bins. The rest were solid and not see through making them only more durable but not any better then the boxes in my opinion. Over the years I have watched as the storage solutions for todays world has grown. I personally need to do some investing in some good storage solutions for my holiday things. We typically decorate for Halloween, Christmas, Easter, and the 4th of July.

We don’t have very much yet as we are still a new family but I want to prepare us for a little growth as I intend to increase my decorations on purpose a little each year. Prior to this year we stuck to the cheap things that could be easily parted with since we didn’t have the room to keep it. This year we have invested a little in our decorations warranting the need for adequate storage.

Christmas Lights are beautiful and really add to the magic of Christmas but storing them is easier then we think. Keep your lights, wire, and extension cords tangle-free with the Install N’ Store Light Storage Bag. We just invested in several new strands of lights because ours were in bad shape last year so this year I want to make sure that we do what we can to preserve our lights.

We also invested in new ornaments. Our previous balls were dented or broken, paint chipped and so on. We used to just toss them all in since dollar store ornaments hadn’t held any value to us but we invested in a slightly nicer set and these new ornaments deserve a protective home. I love this Snapware Snap ‘N Stack Square 3-Tier Seasonal Ornament Storage Container.

We bought a brand new Christmas tree also this year and I have been waiting for a new tree to invest in a container for it. Now that I have one I need my container. I love this Super Rigid Rolling Christmas Tree Storage Box. It makes moving the tree around so much easier and let’s face it, these trees are not exactly lightweight. This canvas style storage bag allows for flexibility which I will need because I don’t plan on taking the lights off the tree once I get them on. I want to be able to only have to partial disassemble the tree in order to put it away. I spent the last few years fitting the tree back into the original box and that took way too much time for my comfort zone. This will make it much easier and save me so much time.

Containing all the wrapping paper and accessories that are needed to wrap presents can all be stored easily in this Real Simple® Pop-up Gift Wrap & Ribbon Organizer. This pop up organizer holds so much and makes storing it for the rest of the year easy. I love that it so light and durable and can hold up to 15lbs of wrapping paper! The smaller pop up container holds all the smaller accessories and both zip tight for protection again dust, dirt and bugs.

Holiday dishes are another common tradition that my family at the moment doesn’t have but I found these canvas style storage boxes with a clear center to be great for storing other dishes. The Household Essentials Holiday Storage Boxes comes in a variety of sizes and can be bought for plates, bowls, and a variety of drinkware.

The Christmas wreath is another tradition that many of us hold near and dear and therefor we should also store them properly. The Whitmor Holiday Wreath Storage Bag is a great option for keeping the wreath safe from dust, dirt, and bugs. The canvas sides allow for flexibility when putting it away. I know I want my wreath to look amazing each year since it’s the first things everyone see’s when entering our home!

I love to use clear storage bins with red or green lids to hold all the other random items that vary in size. I use these large 64 qt size HOMZ Holiday Plastic Container Clear Storage Bin with Lid because I have a few large pieces and then I can fit the little pieces in the space left over and it works really well for my purposes. These types of containers come in a variety of sizes and even can be found in the round shape for items like wreaths and con be the Christmas solution your things need!

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