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Cheap, Easy Ways to Store Holiday Decorations

The late Andy Rooney once wrote: “One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas Day. Don’t clean it up too quickly.”

I agree, and I’ve also always argued that you shouldn’t be too hasty when it comes to picking up after the year-end holidays in general. After all, how many times a year do you have a tree inside your house, hosiery decorating your fireplace mantel, and a whole herd of moose-shaped eggnog mugs proudly on display in the family room?

See also: Extend the life of your poinsettia.

But even for the most nostalgic holiday-decoration procrastinators among us, as mid-January approaches, we must accept the fact that the tree has now officially lost all 7,445,678 of its needles and the last of the eggnog has been drunk until next year.

I told you a few weeks ago about the plant-care regimenĀ you should continue to follow throughout the next 11 months to ensure the survival of your poinsettia until next Christmas. And more recently, I shared with you my tips for using up your leftover holiday fruitcake … or, if you prefer, varnishing it to keep as a lasting holiday decoration.

Now, here are some other cheapskate tips for packing away, and getting the most mileage out of, your holiday decorations:

Photo by Richard ugadawg 1990 via Flickr.