I know what your thinking? Your hanging the family Christmas ornaments and wishing you had better wrapped those precious memories just a little bit more securely. Or seriously, why are these Christmas Tree Lights not tangle free?
We’ve all been there. Last years Christmas organization blunders are giving us the stink eye! Last years packing mistakes are waiting for us in the attic/basement ready to taunt us this year. But as we are thinking of how we “wished” we would have done this or that, what can we do now to prevent an more Christmas Holiday Decoration disasters from reoccurring. You did it. It’s your fault! No more blame game. Listed below are a few times to add to this years shopping List. You don’t have to consider getting these must haves right away, just keep your eye out for them and gather them in a specific tote NOW before you forget about it after Christmas.
Top Storage Solutions For a Hassle-Free Christmas Decoration Day (Disaster Free) plus a frugal version of each suggestion.
1. Christmas Light Reel
At $17.99 retail value at Sears (maybe less at a big box store) you can store your Christmas Lights with ease and headache free. Easy to stop and can lat flat in an extra large tote. Looking for a frugal more inexpensive way to store lights? Try a box of gallon (or 2 gallon) size storage bags. It’s a heck of a lot cheaper and more cost convenience to find at any store. Try a large piece of cardboard as well. Easy & quick solution.
2. Christmas Ornament Storage Boxes
You can find this padded ornament box at Organizeit.com starting at $13.99 and up or at your local hardware store. Looking for an economical way to store ornaments? Try cases of wine boxes. Your local liquor or spirit store would love to give you these. You can have the kids decorate each box to keep them entertained as your are unpacking the delicate items into storage.Have miniature ornaments? Try using egg cartons to store eggs. Cost= Free
3. Wreath Storage Box
At $37.99 for a set of 2, this is a pricey item at Target. But if you happen to have a homemade wreath or high-priced department store wreath you will definitely want to preserve the wreath to avoid a Christmas financial fiasco later. Frugal version: Use a small comforter bag. I always keep those in a storage area for instance like this. It’s free!!
4. Outdoor Inflatables
Awww, we love inflatables. Seriously, our home looks like an inflatable Christmas wonderland. But those inflatables cost a fortune and taking care of them is a MUST! We have used totes for each ornament but depending on how large the inflatable is, sometimes you can only fit 1 inflatable per tote. You maybe able to fit several in one large tote but storage totes are not cheap my friend especially right you spent a fortune on gifts. Frugal Solution: Duffie bags. We use large duffel bags that we get as promo or that the kids used for seasonal sports team that they are no longer interested in. You if you do not have any on hand, make your way to your local thrift store and take home to wash. It will be much cheaper than buying an extra large tote when money is tight.
5. Christmas Village Pieces
Yes, you can keep the villages in a giant cardboard box or in their original box as well, but you need something that can protect the boxes and villages from air in order to prevent mold or mildew from entering each box. This bag can hold roughly right around 20 various village pieces depending on houses and accessory sizes. But at $72, can you really sink that much to protect next years project? Multiple storage boxes may save you a few dollars but then your lacking space. Frugal Solution: Rectangle Garbage Can. If you already have one, even better on your budget or pick one up at a garage sale/thrift store! At $29.99 at your local hardware store (maybe cheaper seasonally) you can have your villages be airtight without allocating 2-3 maybe more in quality storage totes.
Storage solutions don’t come cheap so make sure to save money where you can. The money you spend (or save) is an investment into next years drama free decorating day. The heirlooms are worth a small investment, but not a headache.
What’s your creative way to store your Christmas & Holiday Decorations? Frugal or not.
Editors note: All pictures are linked back to original location.