Happy New Year! The holidays are over and it is now time to think about taking down the holiday decorations and storing them for next year. Most people store holiday items in a closet, basement, garage or attic. Store all of your holiday items together in an out-of-the-way space in your home or your self storage unit. Segregate your decorations into different boxes, such as all ornaments stored together, all lights or candles stored together. Also, it is a good idea to create a holiday decoration inventory list, so you know what you currently have and what you will need to purchase during the next holiday season. Consider placing your stored holiday decorations in a self storage unit. Seasonal items can be stored in the back of your storage unit and then switched out throughout the year. Stop N Stor has a variety of storage unit sizes that can meet all of your storage needs!
In order to protect your holiday items for use for many years to come, it is important to properly store the items. Check for broken ornaments, lights, or other decorations. If they can’t be fixed, then throw them away. It is a good idea to store holiday items in plastic bins with lids, rather than cardboard boxes. The plastic bins are very sturdy and can easily be stacked while in storage. There are many websites that have great tips on how to store holiday items such as: www.realsimple.com and www.home-storage-solutions-101.com. Below are a few of these storage tips for your holiday decorations:
Store holiday lights neatly coiled to keep them from being tangled. There are many great DIY solutions for storing holiday lights. You can make your own light storage reel out of cardboard. Cut out grooves along the top and sides of the cardboard. Place the plug part of the lights in one of the slots and then start winding the lights around. Other DIY ways to store holiday lights would be to wrap your Christmas lights around a coffee can or wrapping paper tube.
Storing ornaments can be a challenge, because ornaments can come in all shapes and sizes. Most ornaments were homemade by family members or are heirlooms, so we want to give them special treatment when we put them in storage. Many ornaments are extremely delicate and can easily break if you just throw them carelessly in a box. There are specially made boxes that you can buy to store ornaments that you can find at your local home craft stores. Or you can be creative and use DIY solutions such as using a cardboard egg crate to store smaller ornaments. Keep the boxes for larger or oddly shaped ornaments. If you don’t have the boxes, then carefully wrap the ornaments in tissue paper.
A Christmas tree can take up a lot of space when you place it in storage. Store the tree in the original box if the box is in good condition. If that isn’t possible, take the tree apart and put the different branches in plastic bins for easy storage. There are also Christmas tree bag storage solutions that you can purchase. If you have the room, store the tree partial or fully assembled. Doing this makes it easier to put up the following holiday season.
For convenience, keep everything that you need for wrapping together in a central spot. This would include: wrapping paper, bows, ribbons, scissors and tape. There are great storage products from plastic storage bins and boxes to hanging gift bag organizers that you can find at your local home store. Choose the one that best fits your storage space.
Store candles flat, out of direct light and in a fairly cool area. Sunlight can make the candles warp and lose their color. Wrap candles in cellophane to keep them from melting together.
Place the wreath in the original box whenever possible and store it horizontally on a shelf. If you don’t have the original box, then place a bag over the wreath and hang it in a closet or behind a door. You can also use a garment bag to store your wreaths or larger holiday decorations. Do not store bags of wreaths on top of one another, as the wreaths could get damaged.