Post-holiday cleanup, part 3

We linked to an article in Post-holiday cleanup, part 1, which described ways to dispose of a real Christmas tree. Storing an artificial tree, however, can be a task that worries even the most uncluttered of us.

In my home, we collapse the tree and keep it in its original packaging when not in use. If you didn’t hold onto your original box, or if it’s impossible to fit the tree back inside of it once it has been used, here are some storage alternatives:

  • Artificial Tree Storage Bag — With a reasonable price tag, this appears to be a cost effective option with the benefit of having a handle for transporting the tree in and out of storage.
  • Artificial Christmas Tree Box — This option is more expensive, but because it is flat you can stack things on top of the box the other 11 months out of the year
  • If you aren’t seeking something aesthetically pleasing, large leaf and lawn bags could work nicely.

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This post has been updated since its original publication in 2008.

6 Comments for “Post-holiday cleanup, part 3”

  1. posted by Nate on

    These solutions appear to work with trees that fold up into a roughly cylindrical shape. The tree at our house, however, disconnects into three sections. The branches do not lie down very well against the trunk, so these three sections end up being strongly conical. They are significantly wider than a cylindrical bag will allow.

    Are you aware of any spherical bags that are tear-resistant that might help with this situation? The following URL shows an example of what the bottom (largest) of the three sections looks like, although since the tree has been in use for years the branches do not lie so flat. Even when we first purchased it, however, it would not have fitted into the cylindrical bags, and the tree folded up is perhaps 30% wider now than in this example after having been used for several Christmases.


    Any help you might be able to provide would be greatly appreciated.



  2. posted by Erin Doland on

    @Nate — My mom’s tree is like you’re discussing and she just puts each piece in a large leaf and lawn bag. She lays the bags on their sides on a shelf in her basement for storage. I also think that she double bags them, with the first bag being inverted into the second. She doesn’t do this, but I’d throw a strip of duct tape over the hole on the second bag and call it a day. It’s not pretty, but it is effective at keeping mold, mildew, dust and creepy crawlies out of the tree for 11 months.

  3. posted by STL Mom on

    My tree won’t fit completely back into the box it came in, but I squish it down as much as possible then top it with an old sheet. So far, so good. Now when I move in a few months, it will be interesting to see how it makes it on that 500-mile journey!

  4. posted by infmom on

    My husband is a dedicated box-saver, and for all the years we have had fake trees he’s resolutely stuffed them back in their boxes and applied yet another layer of packing tape to the bulging seams. He would not consider any other form of storage no matter how the boxes deteriorated and the layers of tape built up. (I think we’re on our fourth fake tree now.)

    This year after slicing open the ratty old box yet again, I decided to get a tree bag. I bought it at the Container Store earlier this week, and this weekend when we take the tree down we’ll see if it works. I hope it does.

  5. posted by Garden Goddess on

    Here’s an idea: If your tree won’t fit back into it’s box or a trash bag, how about using TWO trash bags, split up one side and then taped together using duct tape. You can custom fit it to your tree size and double duct tape it (inside and out) for extra strength. If you have a vertical place to store it, you can even use FOUR trash bags, and just keep it in one piece. Hope this helps.

  6. posted by Justin Brady on

    Just like STL Mom, our tree will not fit back into the box. But our tree is longer than 9” so I am not sure what to do. Glad I found this article. Amazon may have just saved me a lot of stress. Thank you.

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