After the holidays we face the inevitable “pack up all the decorations for another year.” Before you start grumping about how much you have to put away, consider this family’s task of putting away their elaborate holiday display.
Now, don’t you feel better?
Holiday lights and decorations do add a festive touch, and most of us spend considerable time and expense finding decorations we like and displaying them in our homes. Storing them safely so you can enjoy them year after year is a bit of a challenge since all decorations are not created equal. Some are extremely fragile, some are oversized and some can get hopelessly tangled. Many homeowners often resort to paying for self storage, or installing Cantilever Racking, and this is definitely a valid strategy for getting the clutter out of your house. However, if you're on a budget and can't afford self storage offerings, below may just be for you!
Here are some tips from Tailored Living® for safely storing your holiday decorations so they will be readily available and in perfect condition for next year. So put on a favorite movie or music, grab your beverage of choice and tackle this last task of the holidays!
Separate breakable and unbreakable ornaments
- Fragile ornaments and decorative items need extra padding to ensure safe storage. Keeping ornaments in their original boxes provides protection or you can use bubble wrap. Use brown packing tape to seal each box.
- Don’t overload boxes or bins with fragile items; place the heaviest pieces in the bottom with lighter ornaments on top.
- Don’t just pile unbreakable ornaments in a box. Although they won’t break, they can get scratched. Separate layers with tissue paper and bubble wrap or lightly wrap each item.
- Egg cartons are great for small ornaments, or make a DIY storage system with drink cups glued to cardboard, fitted to a box or bin.
Prevent tangling strings of lights and garlands
- Wrap each strand of lights or garland around a commercial reel or make DIY storage with cardboard forms or use clothes hangers for strings of lights.
- Once wrapped, place the individual strands into bags, boxes or bins, marked for indoor or outdoor use.
- You’ll save money by not tangling up your lights and garlands and buying new ones each year.
Store holiday displays together
- Winter villages, Nativities, trains and Santa’s workshop displays should be packed with all the pieces together in marked containers.
- Specialty storage cases like this Village Keeper are available with rear wheels and padded handles to accommodate larger displays.
- Make storage bags from felt or quilted fabric or use bubble wrap so each item can be individually wrapped and safely stored in any bin.
Artificial Tree and wreath storage
- Sturdy tree storage bags are available with or without wheels for either standing or disassembled trees, with handles for easy transportation.
- Round, crush-proof containers can accommodate various sizes of fully decorated wreaths.
- Make your own wreath storage with a zippered plastic bag, garment bag, or padded fabric bag and hang it from a hook inside a cabinet, in the garage or a storage shed so it won’t be crushed.
Preserve holiday linens, tree skirts and table cloths
- Stored fabrics are especially susceptible to moisture, dust and insects, placemats, napkins, table cloths and more.
- Group linens by holiday so they are quick to find when you need them.
- Clean and dry all linens before storing.
- Delicate and vintage fabrics should be wrapped in acid-free paper and placed in sealed bins.
- Hanging garment bags can accommodate multiple pieces on hangers and be safely stored in a closet. Place Bounce dryer sheets or herbal sachets in with the linens to keep them fresh.
General tips and helpful suggestions:
- Keep and reuse original boxes and packing.
- Use anti-tarnish bags for gold- or silver-plated decorations and serving pieces.
- Have glue handy to make quick repairs to any broken items or set them aside to fix later or discard.
- Under-bed storage plastic bins or soft-sided zippered bags can safely store ornaments, gift wrap, ribbons or holiday linens.
- Clearly mark boxes and bins with what’s inside and label breakables as “fragile.”
- Store all decorations where they are safe from moisture and “use abuse” such as a closet, designated place in the garage, weather-tight storage shed, attic or basement where they won’t be continually moved around during the year.
- Overhead storage racks can store large items like bagged Christmas trees, yard decorations and big storage boxes and bins.
- An indirect advantage to organized storage is that you can see at a glance what you have when it’s time to decorate next year.
Going into the New Year, Tailored Living can help with any home storage issues you may have. We are the experts with innovative storage and organization solutions for closets, garages, home offices, pantries, laundry rooms, entryways and more. If you would like to maximize your home’s potential, call 866-712-3404 today to schedule a free, in-home consultation.