Monday, June 2, 2014

Effective and Proper Storage for your Holiday Decorations

When taking the time to put holiday decorations up, it’s a lot of fun, your home is beautiful inside and out, and you’ve created this beautiful holiday utopia. After all the gatherings, parties and presents are unwrapped, there comes a time when you have to take everything down and properly store it for the next year. If you have a lot of decorations, you may want to think about getting a self-storage unit to keep the space you have in your home. This will also ensure you have all the room you need, everything is in one place, and you can take your time to properly store your items.

There are a few things you can do to make that process easier. First, decide on what type of storage you want to use. You may want an indoor, climate-controlled unit, but if the only thing you will be using the unit for is decorations, a drive-up unit could work. You want to have the right type of containers and filing system to find everything when you need it.

Now, if you’re a person that decorates for every holiday, it would be best to categorize your items based on the holiday to make things a lot easier. By using a “U” pattern, signs and color coordination, you will have quick access to everything whenever you need it.

Since Christmas decorations are usually the bulk of decorations, here are a few storage tips:

  • Make sure you wrap your holiday lights. You can use a piece of cardboard, or something that will prevent your lights from getting tangled. This systems also makes storing them a lot easier.
  • Glass bulbs should be stored in partitioned foam cardboard or plastic containers to help keep them from breaking. If you put them in a round container, make sure you use a lot of paper to keep them from moving. Remove all hooks from the bulbs.
  • Store your decorative hooks in one container with a lid.
  • Your wreaths should be put in wreath holders or wrapped and put in boxes with cardboard separations to avoid being crushed.
  • If you have an artificial tree, storing it in the box provided and taping it shut should suffice.
  • Any wall hangings or pictures should be wrapped and stored as well.
  • Specialty ornaments should be stored in their original packaging.
  • Outside decorations should be stored separately in containers.

Taking the time to properly store your items will make a huge difference in space and accessibility and will make getting your items ready for next year’s holiday a breeze. Keeping an inventory of what you have and what you need for next year will make it easier to replace and get your things on sale. The best part is, now you will have someplace to store your new items without hassle. Building on what you have when things are on sale is one of the best things you can do to always keep your decorations fresh and lively. You’ve got the basics. The rest is up to you!


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