7 Holiday Decoration Storage Tips
When the holidays are over, it is easy to feel like the Grinch with all the decorations needed to be stored away until next year’s festivities. Big Tex Storage is here to help you. A one-stop self-storage solution is exactly what Santa wanted to gift you this season to ease the holiday headache.
How to Store Seasonal Decorations
1. Stow Bags and Wrapping Paper in a Chest.
Saving your holiday bags and wrapping paper for next year is a practical way to cut down gift costs, but can sometimes be a pain managing in storage. Bags get torn, wrapping paper wrinkled, and your white tissue paper has all turned pink thanks to that one stray red piece.
A wrapping storage chest is a great solution to these issues and features inside pockets and compartments, as well as handles for easy pulling and carrying. You can store this organizer flat under your bed or hang on a shelf in your personal storage unit.
2. Store Ornaments in Egg Cartons or Apple Containers.
Not only can they be extremely fragile, but many have sentimental value as well so when one accidentally breaks, it really strikes a chord. If you weren’t pragmatic enough to save every box and protective case over the years, we don’t blame you.
A helpful tip is to use egg cartons to keep your ornaments safe before putting them into larger storage bins. For grander ornaments or odd shapes, use apple containers to preserve them.
3. How to Store Holiday Lights – Three Options
It’s so tempting to roll the lights up in a messy ball and worry about it next year, but there are some easy solutions to prevent your future self from a holiday headache.
These light rollers and storage bags from Christmas Lights Etc are user-friendly and take up little space. The removable spools make it safe and easy to maneuver around your tree or garland when relighting.
An alternate solution is using a flattened cardboard box to wrap the lights around, but you may want to keep them in a protected space to prevent bulb breakage.
Helpful tip: Check the bulbs on your lights before storing so you can easily replace any ahead of time, or throw out strands that cannot be fixed to prevent excess accessories in your personal storage unit.
4. Store Your Tree With or Without Disassembling.
If you do not have the original packaging you will need a large bag or box to keep it in. Cardboard is easily susceptible to moisture so a climate controlled storage unit will be best if storing outside.
One idea is binding your tree with thrift store belts to make it a more manageable.
Another is to purchase a rolling case for tree storage and place your tree inside of it. If the case is big enough, you won’t need to disassemble the tree, and it will be ready to put up straight from the case next year.
5. Carefully Pack Villages.
Lea Schneider, author of Growing Up Organized and a member of The National Association of Professional Organizers suggests that your ceramic villages be stored “in one or two cases or tubs by packing the buildings in first, then placing any snow, ground, landscaping or lighting on the top so that you can open the tub and immediately begin building next year.”
Packing this way ensures you will have what you need first on the top so you can unpack and decorate simultaneously. This also puts the heavier items at the bottom of your bin leaving the lighter pieces safely on top.
6. Stack Holiday Cooking Supplies.
Are you in charge of cooking holiday meals? If so, you may not want to keep the pots, pans, special appliances and serving materials that you use for holiday cooking in the kitchen all year round.
One creative way to free up space is to place your bowls, pots and pans inside of each other starting with the largest item and then stacking up from there. Not only does this give you additional space in the cupboard but it also provides cushioning for your kitchen equipment and protects it from breakage.
7. Keep Your Home Free of Holiday Decorations Clutter with Off-Site Storage.
Off-site storage is always an excellent idea for seasonal items like Christmas trees and large cooking equipment. It remains in climate-controlled storage where you know it’s safe until you need it again. Big Tex offers a range of storage options, with the smallest unit the size of a small closet, perfect for holiday decoration storage until the next merry season rolls around.
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