While getting the basement and the Christmas storage area back together, I've taken some pictures along the way of some of the ideas I use. Today, I wanted to share some organizing tips for storing artificial wreaths.
We spend valuable money on Christmas evergreen decorations, even when they are on sale, so storing them properly is key to making them last for years.
Come on in and see a few ideas to store your wreaths and evergreens…
I have lots of artificial garlands and wreaths. I put up decorations right after Thanksgiving and they are up until the weekend after New Year's Day, so they are up for a while. Fresh evergreen just wouldn't last for me.
Some of the types I have are berry wreaths and evergreen.
Evergreen is easy to store, because you can squish it and then refresh it again when you pull it out the next year. The different kinds of berry wreaths or more delicate decorations have to be stored differently.
I store most all decorations in plastic tubs.
The 30 gallon size works great for wreaths. Buying plastic tubs is an investment, but well worth it. Just buy a couple each year to add to your collection.
I bought larger sizes to store evergreen garland and Christmas trees that no longer fit in those ridiculous tiny boxes they originally come in.
That's another whole post in itself, trying to squeeze the tree, that you just puffed up to three times it's factory size, back into a box the is 10 inches wide.
The big tubs that I have are 50 gallons.
The 50 gallon is perfect for miscellaneous garlands and sprays.
The wreaths go in the 30 gallon though.
Just line them standing up, one by one. I can fit 8-10 wreaths in one box.
Berry wreath or some greens that won't do well in a box are hung up so they aren't damaged.
Where to hang them? On an old coat rack of course!!
I also added one of those bars that hangs down to give you another rod to hang on.
For the wreath, I added a long zip tie to hang it from the hanger. Most hooks on the backs of wreaths are too short.
The longer zip tie just gives you some space from the neck of the coat hanger and the rod you are hanging it on.
Now take a plastic garbage bag and poke a hole in the bottom.
Slip the hook of the hanger through the hole.
and then cover the wreath with the bag to protect it from dust and being stored all year.
Now just hang it on the coat rack for easy storage.
Here's the rack partially done, so you can see some of the wreaths not covered yet.
Here it is all done. I don't tie the bags at the bottom to keep air flowing in and out. We run a dehumidifier in the summer and the furnace keeps it dry in the winter… that keeps the climate normal in the basement.
The coat rack is also a great place to store all the over-the-door wreath hooks. Keeps them all in one place so I can find them.
I hope this idea was helpful. You don't have to go out and buy a coat rack, I just happened to have an old one. You can hang the wreaths in a closet, on a rod hanging from the ceiling in your basement or even a nail from the ceiling, if your basement is unfinished like mine.
Either way, if you store your decorations properly, you will keep them forever.
Thanks for stopping by,