Ah, the holidays! A joyous time filled with family, festivities, and of course, beautiful decorations. But let's be honest, the aftermath of all that cheer can often lead to a storage nightmare. Boxes overflowing with ornaments, tangled lights, and wrapping paper scattered everywhere - it's enough to make anyone dread taking down the decorations.
But fear not! This year, you can conquer post-holiday storage and reclaim your living space with ease. Here are 5 simple tips that apply to all types of holiday celebrations, ensuring you can store your decorations efficiently for years to come!
Tip #1 - Declutter before you store
Take the time to sort through your decorations and get rid of anything that is broken, damaged, or that you no longer like. This will help you free up space and make it easier to find what you're looking for when you're ready to decorate next year.
Tip #2 - Use containers
We love clear containers because they allow us to easily see what's inside. However, colored containers do a great job too and may have more durable options. Whatever your prefrence, think about the quantity of the contents you need to store and the size of the space the containers will be placed in.
Tip #3 - Wrap and protect breakable items
Wrap delicate ornaments and other breakable items in bubble wrap or packing paper before storing them. You can also use cardboard dividers or compartmentalized containers to prevent fragile items from shifting and breaking during storage.
Tip #4 - Organize decorations in groups
This makes it easier to find the decorations you need when you're ready to put them away. For example, you can group decorations by specific holiday, by type, by color and by indoor vs outdoor decor.
Tip #5 - Label everything
This is especially important if you have a lot of decorations. Labeling makes it easy to find what you're looking for and saves you from buying duplicates,
Here are additional tips for storing specific types of holiday decorations:
Ornaments: Store ornaments in their original packaging, if possible. If not, wrap them in bubble wrap or packing paper and store them in a compartmentalized container.
Lights: To prevent tangles, cut a piece of cardboard into a rectangle and wrap strings of lights around it or store them in a clear plastic container but seperate each set with packing paper.
Artificial trees: Disassemble your artificial tree and store it in its original box or a large plastic bag. If you don't have the original box, purchase a tree storage box or a wardrobe box like the ones used for moving.
Wreaths and garlands: Store wreaths and garlands on a hanging rack or in a large plastic container. You can also wrap them in bubble wrap to protect them from dust and dirt.
Store heavy decorations on the bottom shelves of your storage area: This will help to prevent them from tipping over and damaging other decorations.
Follow these tips to help keep your holiday decorations safe and organized
so that you can enjoy them for years to come.