Decorations add life to any celebration, yet every year as you hunt down the holiday decorations, that nagging little voice of your inner-Scrooge reminds you that the more you decorate, the more you have to put away. But don’t let that naysayer steal the joy of transforming your home into a holiday wonderland. These handy packing tips and custom storage solutions from Tailored Living® can silence Scrooge and help make decorating fun again for this “most wonderful time of the year!”
Strings of lights, beads and garlands
Lights, whether for the tree, outside displays or a bannister, can become a tangled mess if you just stuff them in a box. Organized storage now will ensure an easier time next year. This goes for garlands and stings of beads or ornaments as well. Here are solutions for this knotty problem:
- Ready-made: Padded, zippered cases with removable reels to secure light strands or garlands. For really long strands like outside lights, a garden hose reel will beautifully keep all lights intact.
- DIY: For tangle-free storage, trim the lid of a shoe box and wrap lights or a garland around the lid and place it in the box. Or just use cardboard with slits to secure each end of a sting of lights.
Artificial Tree and wreath storage
- Ready-made: Tree storage bags are available with or without wheels, accommodating standing or disassembled trees, preventing dust and damage while stored.
- Ready-made: Crush-proof round containers in varying sizes are available for even fully decorated wreaths.
- DIY: Store your wreath in a zippered plastic bag, garment bag, or padded fabric bag and hang it from a hook inside a cabinet, in the garage or in a storage shed. If you are interested in getting sheds storage buildings for your garden then there are plenty that you could pick from. Just take a look on the internet for ideas
To prevent tears and heartache, carefully pack your fragile and irreplaceable heirloom ornaments so you can continue to enjoy them for years to come.
- Ready-made: Ornament storage boxes with removable trays and adjustable dividers can accommodate different-sized ornaments in the same storage box. Fitted lids and secure handles ensure safe transport.
- DIY: Use egg cartons for small ornaments.
- DIY: Cut cardboard to fit into a plastic storage bin. Glue plastic or styrofoam cups to the cardboard to create a tray for individual ornaments. Stack the filled trays in the storage bin.
- Ready-made: Protect sterling silver and silver-plated ornaments with tarnish-proof pouches available in different sizes.
- DIY: Use 3M Anti-tarnish Strips in your own storage boxes. Make tarnish-proof pouches or line bins with anti-tarnish silver cloth, purchased by the yard.
- Ready-made: Use a craft storage box or a plastic tackle box with compartments to store and organize ornament hooks, hangers and other small pieces, including extra light bulbs.
Holiday villages and large decorative pieces
Nativity scenes, holiday villages and train sets should be stored with all parts of a display together. Place heaviest pieces on the bottom and layer lighter pieces on top. Original boxes and packing are always good to keep and reuse.
- Ready-Made: Specialty storage cases are available for boxed villages and all the extras, with features like rear wheels and padded handles for safe, easy moving.
- DIY: Sew individual felt or quilted-fabric storage bags or buy a roll of bubble wrap so each item can be individually wrapped and safely stored in any bin.
Wrapping paper, ribbons and tags
If you have a dedicated gift wrapping area in your home, you’ve got the holidays covered! If not, here are tips for controlling the paper, ribbons and tags that surround the season.
- Ready-made: Ribbon dispensers, specialty cases and hanging bags with pockets can safely store all your Christmas and holiday wrapping needs such as wrapping paper, ribbon, tags, tape and extras like silver bells, candy canes and tiny ornaments to top packages.
- DIY: A zippered under-bed storage bag can hold all your holiday wrapping needs. A hanging garment bag for rolls of wrapping paper can store out of the way in the back of a closet.
Tree Skirts, table cloths, and seasonal linens
Stored fabrics are vulnerable to moisture, dust and insects. Group linens by holiday so they’re easy to find. Carefully clean each piece before placing it into storage.
- Sealed bins with acid-free paper layers will prevent damage to delicate and vintage fabrics.
- Air-tight, space-saver bags can accommodate multiple pieces and hang in a closet, fold for storage in a linen closet or become under-bed storage.
Tailor-made storage solutions for your holiday treasures
Now that you’ve got the decorations all safely packed, what do you do now?
- Store them all over the house wherever you can find a space.
- Pile them in a corner of the garage or out in the garden storage boxes that you have been meaning to use for a while. This may be the best time to do this, just so you know where they are for next christmas.
- Line a wall in the guest room with holiday decorations storage.
- Have a Tailored Living designer help you organize storage space in your home and garage.
If you haven’t maximized your home’s valuable storage space, including closets and the garage with custom storage systems, chances are you’re cheating yourself. Garage storage cabinets and overhead storage racks that capture unused vertical space are the perfect solution for holiday decorations, keeping everything neatly stored and out of the way until needed for their special day.
But organizing holiday decorations is just one storage challenge of busy family life. Sports equipment, gardening supplies, craft and hobby materials, his-and-hers tools and car maintenance products all need organization and accessibility. Your Tailored Living designer can help you design a custom garage that will meet all your family’s needs. Call 866-712-3404 today to schedule a free, in-home consultation or go online to www.tailoredliving.com to find a designer near you.
We’re also the experts with custom storage solutions throughout your entire home, including walk-in or reach-in closets, home offices, entry ways, mudrooms, pantries, utility and laundry rooms and more. Take control in 2016 and get your whole home organized. You’ll be so glad you did, and you’ll never again have to wonder where those holiday decorations are!