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Ah, Christmas decorations. Every year you swear to organize them. And every year you maniacally throw them willy-nilly in a garbage bag come December 26. Start the season off on the right foot with these nifty tricks.

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Crate precious glass ornaments

Egg crates: Great for eggs, elementary school art projects and storing your grandma’s heirloom glass ball ornaments.

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Tidy string lights with sheets of cardboard

Cut notches into flat cardboard pieces to keep those endless strands in order.

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Or keep them tidy with tension rods

Coil strings around tension rods inside a large plastic container. Bonus if you actually label the container so you know what’s in it.

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Hang up hanging decorations

Cover big-ticket items with garbage bags and hang them on heavy-duty plastic hooks in the attic.

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Organize wreaths on a rod

Let wreaths breathe by sliding them on a rod (like the Hangerjack) inside a closet or in your attic.

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Group decorations from go-to displays together

You know how you like the little dancing angels next to the jolly golfing Santas? Put them in the same box, genius.

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And label everything by its location

Use tags or masking tape to carefully label everything and accurately distinguish “front door wreath” from “garden shed wreath.” Organization: Isn’t it the best?

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