Buy or DIY: Creative Storage for Holiday Gear

Bring order to your gift-decorating supplies and holiday trimmings. Shop for smart solutions -- or take the thrifty route and make your own.

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  • Mix and Mingle

    Office accessories and bath necessities receive a unifying coat of spray paint and combine as a fabulous hang-anywhere wrapping station. A desk filer mounted to the wall partners with a towel bar to stand gift-wrap rolls at attention, while S hooks suspend tools within arm's reach.

  • Spicy Finds

    Made It: Fill a snap-shut plastic pillbox with petite decorating items, such as suction cups, thread spools, and spare holiday lights.

     

    Bought It: Magnetic canisters with clear tops sort more than spices. Use them for ornament hooks, precut ribbons, and crafts supplies.

    See & Store Containers & Strip, The Container Store. containerstore.com

     

    Note: Some products may be discontinued or no longer available. Please contact the manufacturer for information on the listed product.

  • That's a Wrap

    Made It: Here's a reason to save the toilet paper tube: Cardboard cylinders make freebie gift-wrap fasteners. Cut a vertical slit and slip it on.

     

    Bought It: Place a self-securing bracelet from the dollar aisle at both ends of a gift-wrap roll.

    Slap bracelet, Target Stores. target.com

     

    Note: Some products may be discontinued or no longer available. Please contact the manufacturer for information on the listed product.

     

  • Bright Idea

    Made It: Wrap lights around a flat piece of sturdy cardboard cut with notches for cord ends. Place in a canvas bin or extra shirt box. No knotted lights next year!

     

    Bought It: Holiday decorating is less of a hassle when light strands stay tangle-free. Assemble spools, then wind lights. This four-spool kit includes a sturdy lights-only box.

    Christmas Light Storage Box, Space Savers. spacesavers.com

     

    Note: Some products may be discontinued or no longer available. Please contact the manufacturer for information on the listed product.

  • Top Tote

    Made It: Spools of ribbon stack neatly atop a blank CD or DVD spindle. Ribbon remains mounted for quick cutting, and the clear lid protects it from dust when not in use.

     

    Bought It: Stash ribbons, gift tags, and scissors in a slim plastic container that slides easily under a bed. A removable tray separates small cuts of ribbon and gift tags from full-size embellishments below.

    Clear Ribbon Box, The Container Store. containerstore.com

     

    Note: Some products may be discontinued or no longer available. Please contact the manufacturer for information on the listed product.

  • Card Stock

    Made It: A former CD-storage box stands greeting cards upright and orderly. Subdivide your collection with cardstock scraps topped with adhesive file tabs.

     

    Bought It: Organize greeting cards for sending or saving in a clear plastic box specially sized for cards. Flexible partitions let you adjust and label card categories by season, style, or occasion.

    Clear Card Keeper, The Container Store. containerstore.com

     

    Note: Some products may be discontinued or no longer available. Please contact the manufacturer for information on the listed product.

  • Splendor-Saver

    Made It: A ziplock plastic bag lined with a layer of bubble packaging prevents delicate items from bumping or chipping during the holiday shuffle.

     

    Bought It: Flat, fragile treasures fit snugly inside foam pockets made of recycled plastic. Packing envelopes also prevent paint and glitter from transferring to other decor.

    Ornament Foam Packing Envelopes, The Container Store. containerstore.com

     

    Note: Some products may be discontinued or no longer available. Please contact the manufacturer for information on the listed product.

  • Smart Stack

    Made It: Plastic protective packaging for fresh fruit can also cradle delicate round ornaments. These containers are see-through and stack well. Try repurposing clean egg crates and empty wine boxes to hold other ornament shapes.

     

    Bought It: Multitier ornament boxes protect keepsakes in adjustable compartments. Layers snap together for easy access and cleanup. Swaddle ornaments in color-coded tissue paper to classify them by type or tree.

    Snapware Christmas Ornament Storage, Space Savers. spacesavers.com

     

    Note: Some products may be discontinued or no longer available. Please contact the manufacturer for information on the listed product.

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