2 Easy Shortcuts for Storing Outdoor Christmas Decor

Eden | crowsfeetinheels
by Eden | crowsfeetinheels
2 Materials
30 Minutes

It's that time of year when we take down all the decor of the Christmas season. I like to organize as I store it to make it easier to put it up next year. Here are two ways I store my outdoor Christma decor:

Outdoor decorations storage system

My grandson calls garland "pokies" and he's not wrong. It's my least favorite thing to put away. My storage system while not perfect for everyone has worked great for me each year and cuts install time down.

Front porch with Christmas decor

Outside, I only decorated our front porch this year, which already makes for a quicker takedown than normal.

For decor, use a tote wagon

Making a pile of ornaments

1. Create piles

I start by creating piles in order of how I remove them, starting with all of the ornaments. I don't use a lot of them due to the heavy winds we can get.

Removing the picks

Next up would be all the picks. I do not leave them in the garland since the berries can get damaged easily.

Gently removing the ribbon

Gently taking out the ribbon from the garland, I do not pull it, so it will not pull the garland off the hooks with it.

Removing the garland from around the door

Starting at the bottom of one side, I remove the garland from the hooks, taking the hooks off as I go so they don't hook onto anything else.

If you have a tall door it's good to have a helper since the garland can come done quickly due to the weight.

Rolling the garland into a wagon

2. Fill a tote on wheels

Using a 45-gallon tote on wheels like this one I bought at Walmart I start by filling the corner with one end, then wrap the garland around the tote

Leaving the center open for space

I leave the center open, making sure to tuck the branches inward, pushing down the garland with each pass around the tote so it is snug

Rolling the ribbon tightly

Once the garland is in the tote, I go back to the piles. I roll the wired ribbon tightly in itself so it will be smoothed out for next year.

Bows and ribbon

I usually replace the bows and ribbon every other year depending on their condition.

Piles of decor

It's important if you are working with an iron door to be gentle when you remove the hooks to not damage the finish.

Adding ornaments to the bag first

3. Add bags of embellishments in the middle space

Using a large reinforced drawstring bag, I put it in the center of the garland empty. Shatterproof ornaments go in first

Using bows to cushion the ornaments

Bows are next to cushion the ornaments

Placing all the decor in the bag

The hooks, wreath plaques, and ribbon go into a bag so they stay contained.

Christmas picks

Picks go in last and it's ready to cinch up!

Garland cushions

The garland cushions all of its contents and it's ready for next year.

Laying the wreaths on top

4. Lay the wreaths on the top

I then lay the wreaths face down on the top. The wreaths are made of the same garland so they are easy to fluff out each year.

I also have wreath boxes I can store them in too if the tote feels too full. Everything in one front door decor box on wheels means easy hauling for next year.

Using contractor bags to store decor

For urns, use contractor bags

I store our floral urns in our attic, so I keep it easy by using contractor bags, opening them up, and folding down the sides creating a large opening.

Placing the urn in the contractor bag

I place the urn in the center of the contractor bag, and pull the sides up

Tying the contractor bag at the top

A simple tie at the top makes a handle and keeps it protected from dust. Next year, it is just a matter of unbagging it and fluffing things out instead of having to create the arrangement over again each year.

My 2 shortcuts to making next year's outdoor decor much quicker!

I hope 2023 is your best year yet!

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Suggested materials:
  • 45 Gallon Tote   (Walmart)
  • Contractor bags   (Walmart ( already had them))
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