It’s the most beautiful time of the year, lights and shiny thing everywhere, and if you are the person that settles all the decorations in place then you know what a mess it can be afterwards. Don’t you hate the feeling when you unpack the Christmas decor from last year and you see that some of the best ornaments are somehow broken? Well, there is a way to save yourself all the trouble and nerve wracking. It is a bit early for you to be taking away the beautiful Christmas decorations but it is the right time for you to read how to manage the post-Christmas mess. It can be quite frightful but if you read this tips and do as they say it can be delightful. You can save yourself loads of time and a lot of extra work . Here are some easy ways to pack, put away and protect all your holiday decor.

Old Belts

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Keep that tree voluminous and mesmerizing for the next year by cinching it up with thrift store belts to make it a more manageable, storable size. Use you old belts, or buy them from second-hand shops. Genius.

Egg Cartons and Apple Containers

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Keep those fragile ornaments safe before putting them in larger storage containers away using egg cartons for smaller ornaments and for the big ones use apple containers. This technique is safe, totally affordable and will keep your ornaments dust-free.

Coffee Cans

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Keep those Christmas light organized and untangled by putting wrapping them around a coffee can, and for the ends of the lights make a hole at the top or bottom of the can and insert(Make sure the bottom/top of the can is plastic, so you don’t damage the lights).

Hanging Storage

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Large Rubbermaid tubs are an old storage standby,but you can update this class by adding dowels for hanging storage. Make a 2 holes on each side and insert dowels. Before adding those dowels hang the ornaments. Voila.

An “Unpack First” Box

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Instead of giving name to the boxes like Ornaments, Lights, Decoration etc. Give them names  according to the order you use them instead of by type. Have an unpack-first box , you’ll save yourself the hassle and digging.

Concrete Form Tubes

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Another way of storing a tree is with a concrete tube. For this smart tip what you will do is using concrete form tubes neatly pack an artificial tree. Bind each layer of the tree in twine and label each tube according to the layers inside. Who would have thought?

Duct Tape

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After several years the color of the artificial tree wears off. For you to keep track label each layer of the Christmas tree by number as soon as you deconstruct the tree for easier assembly the following year.

Plastic Cups

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Try gluing plastic cups to cardboard so that ornaments can stay separated, and safe from breakage. You will need a cardboard, some cups and glue. Make sure the cups are big enough so the ornaments can fit in.

Gift Wrap Caddy

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To keep those ribbons, wrap, tags, tape and other trimmings corralled, wrapped and untangled use a good old gift wrapping caddy. This way it is  slim, efficient, and affordable to keep all your ribbons in one place.

Wreath Storage

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Keep your wreaths looking fresh year-to-year by using a hanger and a plastic dry cleaning bag. Simply slip the hoop over the neck of a coat hanger, then cover with a plastic dry cleaning bag. Take care of the decorations as you do with your favorite dress.