In all likeliness, you had to untangle your string lights, you unearthed a shattered bauble or two and it took you around four days to find the Christmas tree stand. Let’s not have a repeat of that this year, shall we? With a little preparation and a few canny buys, you can make next December’s decorating task a far more relaxed one.  We’ve popped our organizational Santa hats on and collated a must-have list of storage buys to help you pack away your Christmas decorations neatly and safely this week.  They may not be the most glamorous of purchases but they will change your life (every Christmas at least). We’ve grouped the storage into two lists - one for our readers who live in the US and one for our UK-based readers.  Simply scroll down to see what’s available, or use the handy jump links below to skip straight to the list relevant to you.  Happy undecorating!

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Undecorating buys for the US

Here are our recommended buys for US shoppers to guarantee your Christmas decorations stay safe and in one place.

2. Wayfair Christmas wreath bag

3. Bed Bath & Beyond Christmas tree bag

4. Target Christmas Light Reels storage 

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Undecorating buys for the UK

Must-buys for UK shoppers if you want your decs in order come Christmas 2021.  With separate carry trays that stack neatly on top of each other - making it easy to carry them around when decorating, theis large storage bag has a total of 128 spaces for Christmas ornaments, up to 3" in width. Heavy duty and moisture resistant (so ideal if stored in an outdoors in a shed), this 30" bag will ensure your artificial wreath looks good as new, year after year. Browse all Christmas decoration storage at Wayfair (opens in new tab) Suitable for a 7.5’ tree, this neat storage bag will keep your tree in one place, stand and all, ready for use next year. There’s also a vertical storage bag for a 9’ tree, too. Browse all Christmas storage at Bed Bath & Beyond (opens in new tab) Three heavy duty reels all feature ingenious spinning handles that will make winding up your lights a total dream. Each reel can hold up to 200 mini lights and they all slot neatly into the carry bag. Browse all Christmas decoration storage at Target (opens in new tab)

1. Dunelm Christmas Tree Storage Box

2. Ikea Christmas storage bag

3. eBay fairy light storage bag

4. B&Q Decoration storage bag

5. Ikea gift wrap storage

Measuring H42.5xW39.5xD 99cm, this sturdy storage box is ideal for tidying away an artificial Christmas tree that breaks down into several parts. Browse all Christmas decoration storage at Dunelm (opens in new tab) Not specifically designed for Christmas decorations but when stashed away neatly in your loft or garage, the festive pattern will let you know instantly what the bag contains. Perfect for storing stockings, festive textiles and any robust decorations. Browse all storage at Ikea (opens in new tab)

Holding up to 800 lights, this compact carry bag will store all of your fairy lights in one place and the handy transparent window will make it easy to see what’s inside, too. Browse all Christmas decoration storage at eBay (opens in new tab) With 48 individual cubby holes for delicate baubles or decorations up to 8cm in diameter, you can guarantee your decs will last year after year. Browse all Christmas decoration storage at B&Q (opens in new tab) Not actually for storing your festive decorations, but this inexpensive bag will be a godsend when hunting down leftover gift wrap come December.