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Christmas Tree Storage

Step 2: Store the Tree

Christmas tree storage is the burden that all of us artificial tree lovers have to bear. The family Christmas tree is a beloved symbol of the holidays that we treasure during the month of December, but what do you do with it the other 11 months of the year?? Artificial Christmas tree storage is both a puzzle and a challenge to many families. For most people, the artificial Christmas tree is the largest (and sometimes the most expensive!) single item they have to store. Therefore, it goes without saying that artificial Christmas tree storage merits some careful thought and consideration as part of your holiday organization plan.

Putting the tree back into its original box may seem like a good idea, but this is often times easier said than done. Have you ever bought a new set of sheets, taken them out of the packaging and unfolded them, then tried to fold them back up and put them back into the original packaging? Well, trying to disassemble and stuff your artificial tree back into its original box is just as difficult! There are many other reasons, too, why it's not a good idea to store artificial trees in cardboard boxes. Cardboard will decay with time, and it can draw insects and moisture. Furthermore, if cardboard ever gets wet, it will be completely ruined—and the contents of the box may become ruined as well.

If you're looking for a quick and inexpensive way to store your holiday tree, you can always try covering it with plastic dry cleaner bags, large trash bags, or even wrapping it in an old sheet. Sheets or tarps will will keep dust and dirt away, but these aren't necessarily the best long term solutions. As you can see in the photo below, a tree wrapping in a sheet becomes a bulky and difficult item to handle and store. It's so oddly shaped---where do you put it? Also, like using the original cardboard box, sheets and tarps tend to wick up moisture rather than keeping it away, which can lead to mold and a host of other problems down the road. Plastic bags, on the other hand, will keep moisture out, but they rip easily and don't fit very well. There's nothing worse than finally getting the entire tree carefully wrapped with plastic bags, and then having it snag and rip open as you try to carry it through a narrow door opening. It's just not worth the frustration!

Christmas tree storage

For a better storage solution, consider investing in a commercially available product. The line of TreeKeeper Christmas tree storage bags, for example, are good quality products that are durable and will last many, many years. The best part is, they don't require you to disassemble your tree! TreeKeeper offers several styles of bags to choose from. If you want to remove all the ornaments and compress the branches upward (for hinged trees only), then a TreeKeeper Pro is a good choice. On the other hand, if you don't want to un-decorate, there is another type of bag called a TreeKeeper Decorated that fits over the entire tree without compressing the branches at all.

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There are other commercially available products on the market, too, that you might want to consider. For example, Rubbermaid makes large plastic bins that can easily hold a disassembled artificial tree. The only downside to plastic is that it can potentially become brittle with age and crack or warp. If you are considering a plastic bin, be sure to look for one with good, sturdy handles on the side for handling. If you're choosing a larger tote, choose one that also features wheels on the bottom for easy mobility.


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