Gather all your holiday decorations and inventory them. Donate or sell any items you no longer want, and throw out any that are damaged. Organize items by type to give yourself a better idea of what kind of storage solutions you’ll need to put them away securely and safely. Choose your storage space wisely. Attics, garages and basements often aren’t climate controlled, so moisture and pests can be an issue. Plastic and rubber containers are ideal because they are airtight and resist moisture.
Create a holiday tool kit. Put small necessary tools and items you use regularly for gift wrapping and decorating in a shoebox, a large freezer bag, or ideally, an appropriately sized plastic bin. Items such as ornament hooks, ribbons, tape, gift tags, permanent markers, scissors, extra holiday light bulbs and twist ties can go here. Having these organized and ready can make your gift wrapping and decorating that much easier. Don’t forget to label the box with a permanent marker and a sticker label so you can locate it quickly when needed. Every container used to store items should be labeled prominently to make decorating and storage easy.
Create extra storage space off of the ground by building or installing storage shelves to hold holiday items and decor.