Storing artificial Christmas trees1. Easy ornament storage
It's hard to store fragile ornaments without breaking them. Here's an easy solution: Use a plastic storage tub and store each ornament in a separate plastic cup (the 6-oz. party size works great). By using cardboard to separate the layers of cups, you can stack a lot of ornaments in one sturdy tub without any tangling or breaking. You can reuse the same cups and cardboard year after year.

2. Label your Christmas tree layers
Artificial Christmas trees are assembled in color-coded layers. Assembly can get a little confusing if the colors wear off or the instructions vanish. Try this:
Storing artificial Christmas trees in tubes
 
3. Store your artificial tree in a tube
Many people like the convenience of an artificial Christmas tree, but storing it can be a pain because it takes up so much space. Here's an idea: Buy two 8-in.-diameter concrete form tubes, wrap each layer of the tree in twine and shove half of the tree layers down each tube. Mark the layer numbers on each tube and slide the tubes up in your garage rafters for a perfect storage solution!


4. Corral your gift wrap
Propping up rolls of gift wrap in the corner of a hall closet often means wrinkled, torn or lost rolls. Here's a way to keep the rolls neatly organized and easy to reach. Make a wrapping paper "corral" by screwing a small section of wire closet shelving vertically to the side of a closet wall. Just slide the rolls in
Storing gift wrap with wire closet shelving

5. Make a ribbon and spool center
Keeping tape, twine and ribbon spools in a drawer is messy, it wastes a lot of space and it makes it hard to find things. Here's a better solution: Screw a paper towel holder to the window trim and slide rolls of the things you use most often onto the holder. You'll know right where everything is and you can pull off the amount you need without the spool of ribbon or twine jumping out of your hand and rolling across the floor.


6. Hose reel for holiday lights
Decorating your house with tons of outside lights is exciting, but storing them can be a challenge. To keep all the lights from getting tangled and to make it easy to string them around your yard, roll the light strings onto a portable hose reel that has wheels and a handle.
Storing holiday lights on a hose reel
 
7. Make cardboard storage spools for your holiday light strings
Here's a great way to recycle cardboard and keep your strings of holiday lights from getting tangled when you store them. Just use strips of cardboard and cut out a slot on each end to make a "spool" to keep the lights from slipping off.

8. Keep your lights in labeled plastic bags
This has got to be the easiest way to store strings of holiday lights. Just put each string in a separate plastic bag and write where the lights go right on the bag. No wrapping or coiling necessary. It's in the bag!


9. Make holiday light storage stands
Storing holiday light strings without wrecking them is tough. Here's a great idea: Just screw a dowel to each end of a wooden base cut to the size of a large plastic bin. Then wrap your lights around the dowels in a figure eight and place the stand in the bin. You'll be amazed how many light strings you can wrap around the stands without them getting tangled or damaged.


Build stands to store holiday lights10. Make a back-of-the-door hat and mitten organizer
The end of the holiday season is just the beginning of winter in some parts of the country. Tossing damp or snowy mittens and hats in a plastic bin gets them out of the way, but they never dry. Get things dry and organized quickly by making this simple back-of-the-door hat and mitten rack. Just string clothespins on non-rusting aluminum wire and stretch it between screw eyes on the back of a closet door.