Christmas Décor Storage Hack
It is so much fun to get out the Christmas décor out in late November and blast Christmas music as you rock around the Christmas tree with a tangled strand of lights!
When the season is over, wouldn’t it be more efficient to store it all in the least utilized storage place in your house? Any guesses where that spot is?
It’s not in the attic where you have to maneuver a ladder and fit the boxes through the attic access hole…
It’s not under the basement stairs, where you bump your head diving to the deep recesses to find the ornaments…
It’s wherever you store your suitcases when you’re not travelling the world!
…Actually it’s in your suitcases to be exact.
Are your suitcases some of the least used items in your home?
Perhaps your storage space is at a premium…
Take a good look at your suitcase set. Do they have a lot of zippered pockets just begging to hold your collection of Christmas CDs, movies, or boxed greeting cards?
For organizing smaller ornaments, a set of nesting boxes will fit in perfectly so the suitcase can be emptied quickly for that last minute trip to the sun-drenched beaches of Bora Bora! 😉
If the nesting boxes look like presents – bonus! You can put the extra tree light bulbs and ornament hooks in them and store them under the tree.
My Christmas Storage Hack Story
It started when I read a post about hanging suitcases from the rafters. A great idea, however our basement ceilings are dry-walled. But that post had me wondering if the real estate these rarely-used suitcases took up could be put to better use.
A few weeks later, when I was doing my Castle Revival purge, I was eyeing the three huge totes and mountainous stack of outdoor Christmas lights when the thought came to me – suitcases!
I ran to get them from the back corner of the basement. There was one that fits Air Canada’s requirements for a carry-on – I always keep a reminder tag around the handle so I remember which one it is.
We also own a set of three nesting suitcases, with countless storage pockets for organizing, that was making my heart pound with excitement!
Just think of all the little Christmas treasures I can fill those with!
As I unzipped each pocket of potential, I was seeing my suitcases from a whole new perspective.
But Will It All Fit?
I tore the lids off the three massive totes (that I had oodles of room for in the farmhouse, but not in our cozy bungalow). I spread out the decorations on the floor and critically sized them up. Could I really fit all that into four suitcases?
It was then that I raised the bar on what I realistically had room for in our new little castle. I knew I would have to make some sacrifices here, but I didn’t mind.
I took each item and either found a decorating destination where it looked great…
…or I sold it at the local consignment shop. I got tough! Christmas is such a sentimental season – I had to be strong!
It All Fit Without Un-nesting the Suitcases!
To my surprise…all my Christmas décor, tree lights, CDs, and movies fit into the carry-on and the smallest suitcase!
I still nest the three suitcases inside of each other, so they still take up the same amount of space as they did empty. Most items fit in all the pockets. How’s that for minimal?
Disclaimer: We have a real tree delivered, so I don’t have to store one. No room in the inn for tree storage. 😉
What about Breakables?
If you have breakables and tiny items, just place them in sturdy nesting boxes inside the suitcases and wrap the fragile items in tissue or bubble wrap. Small things like ornament hooks can be placed in zipper lock bags.
Larger breakables can be wrapped in your tree skirt or stockings. Flat items, like my fragile plaster wall hanging, can be stored between the nesting suitcases wrapped in stockings to keep them from getting scratched.
Did I Have Throw Everything Out?
I didn’t even get rid of a ton of stuff. (However, I did sell my breakable décor when I found out our first grandchild was on his way – no breakables at grandma’s house! 🙂 )
Last summer, I did that purge. A part of me was thinking about not decorating this year. Life really happened this year, so I had already decided that replacing the breakable decorations was not a priority. However, we decided to go for it and our tree didn’t look sparse at all!
In Case You Are Wondering…
Remember the high stack of Christmas light boxes? Obviously, they wouldn’t fit in the suitcases, but I could easily store those in the garage where we actually use them. The plastic stackable boxes only took up a lot of vertical space. Their footprint is the size of a shoe box – not too bad.
If You Think You’ll Forget…
Remember to wrap a paper reminder around the outside handle letting you know what is in each suitcase.
I also put a reminder, on my November calendar, reminding me where I stored the decor. I use my iPhone with an audible reminder, but writing on a calendar works just as well.
Ways to Use Your Empty Suitcases During December
When you have decked the halls your suitcases will be empty, so if you had to take down your regular décor to put up Christmas décor, you can use the suitcases for storing those items for the month of December – switching them back after Christmas…
This idea is great for hiding gifts, while the suitcases sit empty, until you have a chance to wrap them. No one thinks of looking in suitcases. Shhh! I won’t tell… 😉
Of course, if you use suitcases for travelling at Christmas, you will just leave them empty. This does give you a few options though!
The Wrap Up
So if you aren’t an avid traveller, this idea may just be a workable solution to try today as you are packing away your Christmas décor. If you need to purge before, you will have made next year’s festive decking of the halls just a little more simple and merry!
To you and your loved ones, I wish you a very organized and inspiring new year!
I would love to hear from you!
What is your favourite storage hack for the holidays?
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