Where to store the artificial Christmas tree?

catherinetDecember 5, 2005

Hi all,

We use an artificial Christmas tree. We don't have much of a basement, and it's smelly. We don't have a garage. We do have an attic, but the temperatures up there get up into the hell-fire range in the summers.

We've been keeping our big artificial tree in a big box under a long table in our library/computer/junk room. I would love to clean up and simplify this room. What to do with the tree??? Have any of you kept your trees in your attic? I would be afraid, if we kept it there, it would just be a big blog of melted green by next Christmas. Any creative ideas on how and where to store this thing? I suppose we could divide up the tree into 10 boxes, and put them all in a different room........ not really. Any better ideas? Thanks!

P.S. Believe it or not.....a builder once told me that he built a house for a woman who requested a big closet be built in her living room, so she could just scoot her christmas tree (totally decorated) in and out of that closet!

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see, this would be one of the reasons I use a fresh tree--while I sweep up needles all year long (and sometimes longer, and in the strangest places), I don't have to store the tree.

Can you insulate your attic so it gets hot but not THAT hot in the summers?

Can you build a closet in the corner of your junk room whose purpose is to contain, not just the tree, but some of the other clutter that's currently spread around the room?

Or a row of cabinetry across one wall? Either w/ drywall doors, or cabinet-style doors? Ikea wall & pantry cabinets, anyone?

It would LOOK nicer. If you are going to have an artificial tree, you deserve to have a place to store it. Make one.

And if that room is already multipurpose (and one of those purposes is to hold stuff), capitalize on it.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2005 at 10:22AM
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Could you get a much smaller tree?
A tabletop could work, or just a thinner one. Or one that comes apart in a better way. Maybe see what's available?
Or, if you have a good-size yard, get a not-too-big live tree, then plant it afterward (or do the same and donate it to someone/somewhere that needs landscaping).

I could never have an artificial tree, but there are some compelling environmental arguments for not chopping a fresh tree every year. So, that one's your call.

Departing from Catherine's problem for a moment (there's no reason to believe she's guilty of this, so I'm NOT picking on her!): This does dovetail into something I've always found puzzling: That people store so much fake greenery or other decorations to put up once a year -- fake pine swags and wreaths, foam pumpkins and fake straw, styrofoam Easter eggs etc. Some people stuff their closets with displays for holidays, then have no room to store the stuff that should go into the closets. Then complain about how hard is is to get ready for the holidays.

I don't get it.

But no doubt I do stuff that puzzles people too.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2005 at 1:03PM
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I vote for the basement. I would put some cedar chips in the boxes or bags which you keep the tree in. If it will flatten down enough, I would put it in several bags and put them under the beds.

We have a tree we haven't used in a couple of years. The pre-lit lights burned out and I'm not into rewiring the thing. It goes in two boxes and they are soooo heavy. Probably time to freecycle the thing.


    Bookmark   December 5, 2005 at 8:43PM
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Thanks for your ideas everyone!

    Bookmark   December 6, 2005 at 9:32AM
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We keep ours in the attic. It gets hot up there in the summer, but not hell-fire hot. We're in Michigan and our house isn't air conditioned, but there are lots of vents up there so it should be OK for a fake tree. We hope!

My parents (in Dallas) store all their Christmas decorations in their (obviously hot) attic. The only thing that ever melted was a wax candle that was shaped like Santa Claus.

    Bookmark   December 6, 2005 at 8:52PM
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The house next store to me (identical to mine) is for sale. I would love to buy it and move in, leaving my paperwork, collections and clutter here! I heard Marie Osmond (the country singer, sister of Donnie) owns two houses. She lives in one and the other holds her massive doll collection. When I win the lottery . . .

    Bookmark   December 7, 2005 at 10:38AM
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I love the 2 house idea! I actually know someone who retired to a really fancy gated condo community. The condos are HUGE. She owns two, with "secret" connecting doors.

Race you to the lottery tickets! LOL

    Bookmark   December 8, 2005 at 6:05AM
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In my perfect house I would have a trap door that the tree simply drops into after the season is over. Then it would have a magical hydraulic lift that brings it back out each year . . . fully decorated. But, since I live in the real world and have two full sized artificial trees, mine are under the steps in our basement. It works, but uses a lot of good storage space. We tried to put them in our garage up in the rafters, but after trying to slide them in at every angle while balancing precariously upon a ladder, we realized the rafters are spaced too close to fit them through in boxes and leaving them unboxed is just too good of a home for possible future rodents.


    Bookmark   December 9, 2005 at 3:28PM
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My basement just stinks too bad to put it there. I like the idea of a trap door with a hydraulic lift!!

    Bookmark   December 9, 2005 at 4:22PM
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My attic does get hellfire hot in the summer...I'm in North Carolina. But I keep my artificial tree up there (assembled! ) and it's fine. Did yours melt?

    Bookmark   December 10, 2005 at 9:45PM
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I live in the South & it gets really hot in our attic in the summer, despite insulation & vents. We've stored our articial tree and all the decorations up there for years & have never had any problems.

    Bookmark   December 11, 2005 at 9:53PM
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