Tips for Packing Up Your Christmas Decorations

Cozy Christmas living room with a festively decorated tree, stockings on the fireplace, a comfy chair with a throw blanket, and a mug of hot cocoa

Hi, I’m Erik Mickelson, your expert in Packing Up Christmas Decorations. The festive joy has faded, and it’s time to store those twinkling lights and ornaments. Fear not, for I bring you tried-and-true strategies to streamline the process. From optimal storage solutions to carefully packing delicate items, I’ll guide you through a hassle-free cleanup. Let’s make this post-holiday task as joyful as the season itself. Ready to pack away the holiday magic smoothly? Follow along!

Motivation for Packing Up Christmas Decorations

I’ve found that summoning the motivation to pack up Christmas decorations is the first and most crucial step in the process. After the season’s joy, the task can feel like a chore. But I’ve developed a strategy to make it easier.

I carve out a specific day and ensure nothing else is on my schedule. It’s a date with my decorations and me. I treat myself to a coffee run before I start, sometimes with an extra shot for a caffeinated kick. Then, I begin.

I divide my home into quadrants, dismantling holiday displays to make next year’s decorating a breeze. With some planning, a daunting task becomes manageable and even satisfying.

Organizing Decorations for Efficient Storage

After getting motivated and dividing my home into quadrants, it’s time to tackle organizing the decorations for storage.

I’ve invested in sturdy plastic tubs, labeling each one according to where its contents belong in my home.

I’ve learned a trick to keep ribbons fresh – I save their spools to roll them back up, and for bows, I stuff tissue paper into the loops to maintain their shape.

Fabric items, like table linens and stockings, I launder first and then store them neatly in zip-top bags.

As for the dreaded task of untangling lights, I’ve developed a system where each strand gets stored in its bag.

Preserving Ribbons and Fabric Items

Moving on to preserving ribbons and fabric items, let’s dive into how I ensure these decorations remain vibrant and crease-free for the next holiday season.

I keep my ribbons neat by saving their spools, allowing me to roll them back up. If I’ve tossed the spools, I repurpose paper towel rolls.

To maintain the shape of the bows, I stuffed tissue paper into the loops.

As for fabric items, I wash them before storing them to increase the chances of stain removal. Once dry, I fold them neatly and place them in oversized zip-top or vacuum bags.

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This might seem tedious, but trust me, it’s worth it when you open your decorations next year to find them as vibrant and crease-free as ever.

Dealing With Christmas Lights and Packing Them Away

Now, let’s tackle the often-dreaded task of storing Christmas lights, which can be as knotty as the ribbons we just discussed.

I’ve discovered a method that’s saved me from that annual frustration. I start at one end of the strand, placing the first bulb at the bottom of my palm and pulling the second bulb to the top. Then, I match each odd and even bulb down the line.

Once I’ve them all in my hand, I wrap the remaining cord around and plug it back in. To avoid any mishaps, I store each strand in its bag.

Safeguarding Fragile Ornaments When Packing Up

"Red Christmas bauble with festive ribbons and holly decoration on a white background

Shifting from lights to ornaments, I’ve found that my most treasured decorations are often the most fragile ones. To safeguard these delicate pieces, I’ve developed a strategic packing method that’s served me well over the years.

First, I wrap each ornament in soft tissue paper so as not to miss any protruding details.

Then, I place them in a sturdy box, layering bubble wrap between each level for extra cushioning. To prevent crushing underweight, the most delicate ones always go on top.

Finally, I mark the box as ‘fragile’ to ensure it’s handled carefully.

This intentional, detailed method ensures my precious ornaments survive their hibernation and are ready to shine again next Christmas.


Well, folks, we’ve made it! With a sprinkle of motivation, clever organization, and a dash of tender love for our cherished decorations, packing up Christmas can indeed be a breeze.

I hope that these tips will make your post-holiday clean-up a lot less daunting and a bit more joyous. Here’s to a hassle-free start next Christmas, with everything right where you need it.

Until then, enjoy the calm and serenity of your clutter-free home!

Erik Mickelson, author and MBA graduate, dressed in a Northwest Custom Apparel t-shirt, smiling against a backdrop featuring local Washington state themes
Meet Erik Mickelson, the creative mind behind Northwest Custom Apparel and MBA holder from WGU.
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