HOW TO STORE ARTIFICIAL CHRISTMAS TREES
Storing your artificial Christmas tree in its original packaging may seem like a good option, but we don't recommend it. Cardboard boxes tend to deteriorate over time and the material is prone to dust, mites, pests, and other elements. Investing in specially designed Christmas tree storage bags ensures that your faux tree is safe from dirt and damage during the off-season.
WHAT ARE THE BEST CHRISTMAS TREE STORAGE BAGS?
Every Balsam Hill tree comes with a free storage bag made from rip-stop nylon with reinforced handles. We recommend using these Christmas tree bags to keep your tree in great condition over the years. If you want to upgrade, we offer premium options that feature padded layers and heavy-duty stitching. Choose from a variety of sizes that fit your artificial tree's height and shape, from slim to extra-large. Our rolling tree storage bags are also available for even more convenience, so you can transport your tree from one place to another without any heavy lifting.
HOW DO YOU USE UPRIGHT CHRISTMAS TREE STORAGE BAGS?
Our lets you store your tree upright and features wheels so you can just roll it in and out of the space. Once you've removed your baubles and décor, simply detach the top section and place it in the special compartment, then pull the collapsible bag up and over the tree. Secure the bag to keep out dust and insects, then store your tree in a cool, dry location.
HOW TO STORE CHRISTMAS BAUBLES
STEP 1 | Prepare Your Christmas Bauble Storage Boxes
Gather the original packaging of your Christmas bauble sets if they are designed for reuse. If you have a huge collection, consider Christmas décor storage boxes that are designed to hold different styles and shapes. Balsam Hill's include rolling bauble chests that can fit over 100 pieces. You can also use clear plastic containers that let you see the contents without having to open the lid. This will reduce time spent looking for Christmas decorations when the next festive season rolls around.
- STEP 2 | Remove the baublesPlace towels around the base of your Christmas tree to catch any fragile baubles that might fall while you're taking down decorations. Start removing baubles from the bottom of the tree and work your way up. Reaching for the topmost accents first may cause you to accidentally dislodge those in the lower sections.
- STEP 3 | Organise your baublesHow you organise your Christmas decorations for storage depends on your preference. Storing them by style, size, or colour makes it easier to decorate according to a specific look. Label the containers and list the contents of each bauble storage box for faster retrieval. For containers without individual compartments, you can purchase or create your own cardboard dividers.
HOW TO STORE WREATHS, GARLANDS, AND OTHER GREENERY
- STEP 1 | Clean your greenery
Remove dust and dirt build-up from the branch tips using a feather duster or a hair dryer set on low. With a microfibre cloth, gently wipe the larger decorations such as leaves and baubles.
- STEP 2 | Remove any decorations
Pull out any baubles, picks, and ribbons that are not built into the greenery. Store these accents together with your Christmas tree decorations.
- STEP 3 | Compress the foliage
Flatten the tips of your faux greenery and follow the direction of the foliage to better fit your storage bags.
- STEP 4 | Pack away your greenery
HOW TO STORE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
- STEP 1 | Prepare your Christmas light storage containers
There are a few storage options you can choose from such as plastic bags, tension rods, cardboard sheets, or wire spools. Secure these materials first before taking down your light decorations.
- STEP 2 | Unplug your Christmas lights
Unplug the lights first before removing them from the tree. For Christmas lights elsewhere, especially those used outside, make sure to clean them first with a microfibre towel before storage.
- STEP 3 | Gather your Christmas lights
Wrap a light strand around your forearm to form a loose circle. To do this, hold one end of the strand in your hand, guide it down around your elbow, and bring it back up to your hand until you make a bundle. Secure it with a twist tie then store it in a labelled plastic bag, tension rod, cardboard sheet, or wire spool.
- STEP 4 | Pack away your Christmas lights
Store your Christmas lights in their original boxes or invest in specialty storage bags. Choose a cool, dry location such as a closet or unused shelf to keep your light strings during the off-season.
MORE TIPS FOR STORING CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS
WHERE TO STORE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS
After your Christmas decorations are all packed up, it's time to decide where to place them. Look for dry and cool areas that are easily accessible but kept away from small children or pets. Here are some common Christmas decoration storage locations to get you started:
- Garage or storage room
- Large cupboards
- Empty shelves
If you're running low on space, try converting empty corners into makeshift storage areas. For example, the space underneath your staircase can house stacks of containers. Turn any unused corner into hidden storage by adding stylish and elegant dividers or folding screens.
HOW TO PROTECT CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS IN STORAGE
KEEP CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS AWAY FROM DIRECT SUNLIGHT
Direct sunlight, prolonged exposure to heat, and excessive moisture can damage your decorations, so keep them away from extreme changes in humidity and temperature. As a precaution, use desiccants to help keep your Christmas storage boxes dry.
PREVENT DAMAGE FROM PESTS
Make sure your containers are sealed tight to keep pests from chewing on the wires and destroying fragile decorations.
STACK BOXES CORRECTLY
Ensure boxes can withstand heavy weight and the occasional bump. Place the heavier box at the bottom and the lighter ones on top.