We have plastic tubs to store most of our holiday decor and have designated an area in the house to store them (garage, storage room, guest bedroom closet, etc.). I ensure that I do not have more decor than will fit in my designated boxes by getting rid of some stuff as we add new things. Organizing, packing and storing the winter holiday storage boxes effectively keeps down the space needed to store them and the possibility of over-buying stuff that can't be found. We have separate storage boxes for other holidays throughout the year (we coordinated the colors to identify each holiday, ie. Halloween is orange and black, Thanksgiving is brown, Easter is teal, etc.). As we return the decor to storage, I make a note of any items that need to replaced or anything that we would need for next year, I then seek out those items (at reduced prices) over the year. I have sometimes found just the holiday thing at someone's summer yard sale or on the sale table somewhere.
- Make sure the containers that you use are durable enough for your needs. (I use heavier plastic tubs for the more fragile stuff, I use plastic because I am worried about water damage.)
- Make sure the containers will comfortably hold all of the items that you have (don't stuff things until bulging).
- We use paper towels to wrap individual ornaments and small breakable items, instead of expensive and thin tissue paper.
- Don't make the boxes too heavy to move or too heavy to stack.
- When stacking boxes, put the heaviest ones on the bottom (remember that they will most likely be sitting for almost a year).