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4 Ways to Store Christmas Trees

Keep your artificial Christmas tree and your house clean with these storage tips.

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Putting away an artificial Christmas treeAdam C Bartlett/Getty Images

Efficient Christmas Tree Storage

Proper artificial Christmas tree storage certainly saves space in your home, but also keeps your tree looking good for next year. Poor storage leads to damaged branches, pests and even mold.

A full-sized artificial tree is not a minor purchase, but for every time you reuse the tree, the cost per year decreases. After a while, your artificial tree becomes cheaper than a fresh tree. Follow these steps to make your investment last.

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Horizontal or Vertical Christmas Tree Storage

Depending on the type of tree and space available, you can store it standing upright or laying horizontally. Horizontal storage is the easy choice, especially for trees that disassemble, but vertical storage saves floor space.

If you choose upright storage for your tree, be sure to put it somewhere kids and pets won’t climb on it and stabilize it to ensure it won’t tip over. Home retailer Hayneedle recommends placing it in a corner and in a tree stand.

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In a Christmas Tree Box or Bag

The cardboard box your tree came in is not ideal for long-term storage. You’ll want something that keeps out moisture and pests. A designated Christmas tree box or canvas bag will do the trick. If you plan to store your tree vertically, get an upright storage bag. By storing your tree in the right container, you’ll prevent funky smells, nesting rodents and other problems next holiday season.

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With Wrapped or Unwrapped Branches

It’s best to fold up your tree’s branches after removing the Christmas ornaments, lights and other decorations. That’s often enough, especially if you store the tree inside.

However, if you want to go the extra mile, Hayneedle recommends wrapping the tree in plastic wrap as a second layer of moisture protection. This is also helpful if stray branches make it difficult to place your tree in its container. The plastic wrap secures unruly branches to the trunk. Self-adhesive bandages will also work to bind the branches, but they won’t keep out moisture in a damp basement.

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Assembled or Disassembled

Most artificial trees contain several sections that lock together. You can take them apart to save holiday storage space. If you opt for an upright container, you’ll leave the tree assembled, saving time during set-up next year. Some horizontal storage options will also accommodate an assembled tree.

If you have a particularly tall tree without a large basement, attic or storage room, disassembling is the better option. Disassembled trees are compact and easier to manage.