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Home Depot tips for storing Christmas decorations

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Pulling out tangled lights and broken ornaments season after season can sure snuff your holiday spirit. The Home Depot's Joe Autry and Scott Krueger explain the dos and don'ts of storing your holiday decorations.

-Wrap ornaments in tissue paper
Evaluate your decorations annually, and keep only what you are really going to use. Then wrap snugly with tissue paper to protect against breakage.  Recycle discarded tissue paper from opened gifts to wrap the ornaments.

-Store keepsakes
Place ornaments in an ornament box or a sturdy, well-padded partitioned wine box. Egg cartons also make excellent packaging for tiny decorations. Fragile items should go at the top of a box. The more you have to dig for an ornament, the greater your chances of damaging it.

-Wind lights around a reel
Coil lights around a holiday light reel, available at home supply and hardware stores.   You can also wrap lights around empty coffee cans. Cut a slit in the plastic lid and put the receptacle end of the light cord through it. Wrap the string around the can, store extra bulbs and extension cords inside, then replace the lid.

Your last consideration in shopping for a pre lit tree will be how you plan to store it. While you can opt to store your tree in the box it came in, it is highly recommended that you use a Christmas Tree Storage Bag. You can choose a simple canvas bag for cost effectiveness, or purchase a bag with casters, pockets for toppers, and more.

Tip: Always store colored lights in a dark place to keep the bulbs from fading (blues, greens, and purples fade faster than reds and yellows do).

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