It is never fun to think about the holiday season ending, but you can prepare now by adding “put away those Christmas decorations in an organized fashion” to your list of New Year’s Resolutions. Save yourself the frustration and hassle when you get out that box next year by following these tips to smartly store your holiday decorations.
When Christmas is over and you’re rushing to get things put away, it is easy to shove everything into the nearest box, but this leads to chaos when unpacking the next Christmas. Before packing it in for the year, sort all of your decorations into like piles i.e. ornaments, stockings, lights, nativity, pictures, etc. Seeing all of the decor sorted can help you determine what size storage box you may need for each and begin planning out your organized storage.
Round bulbs are the easiest to store because of their shape. Use egg cartons and apple containers to easily store small, round ornaments. Plastic cups and clear gallon storage bags are also great options for round ornaments. If you still have the original package they came in when you bought them, that will work as well.
For breakable and unusually shaped ornaments, investing in a stackable storage box will help keep them safe without taking up too much room. For other large and different shaped ornaments, using a small dowel stretched across a storage tote can allow you to store ornaments while they hang.
Nothing ruins the Christmas spirit more than having to untangle webs of Christmas lights that may or may not work anymore. Before storing strands of lights, always plug them in to check if they still work. If they no longer light up and you have no replacement bulbs to fix them, toss them out or label them so you know they need to be fixed next year.
Wrap Christmas lights around old wrapping paper tubes, coffee cans, or rectangles of cardboard so that they avoid getting tangled and allow for easy storage. Be sure to tape the small packages of replacement bulbs to the cardboard with them so they are not lost. Invest in spool-type storage for a more permanent way to organize your Christmas lights.
After the limbs of your tree have been expanded and fluffed all Christmas season, it can be hard to shrink it back down to fit in a box. Use belts to tightly contain the tree before storing. After binding each layer of the tree, it will snugly fit into smaller storage containers and even concrete form tubes offer the perfect shape for safely storing that tree till next year.
Wreaths can be tricky to store. Multiple wreaths can be hung on a rack in your closet to save space or to minimize damage. You can easily slip each hoop of the wreath over a hanger and cover with a plastic dry cleaning bag. This will protect your wreath from losing decorations.
Tree Skirts, Table Cloths, Linens
While you’re storing things in the closet, be sure to hang your linens, table cloths, and tree skirts as well. Place linens inside hanging vacuum storage bags in order to prevent them from moisture, mold, moths, and dust.
Once all your items are packed up to be stored, be sure that you are labeling every bag and container to indicate what is inside. This simple process will not only help you know which boxes can safely be stacked, but also assist in the order of unpacking the next year. If you’ve gotten all of your decorations packed, but don’t have the room to store them all year, consider an affordable storage unit from Simply Self Storage.