Setting up holiday decorations is a joyful experience. The whole family gets involved. There are lights and candy and song and tinsel and sparkle. It's awesome! Once the holidays are done, though, and it becomes time to put things away... the tune changes. Suddenly, it's not so fun anymore. All you want to do is throw everything in a box and then throw that box in a closet.
Resist the urge to throw and go. Instead, read this post and learn about the best ways to store your holiday decorations. These tips will help protect your decor so it can bring you the same joy year after year. Maybe you can even make packing up decorations just as fun as putting them up!
How to Store a Fake Christmas Tree
Real Christmas trees never last long enough for storage (unless you enjoy sweeping up pine needles all year). Fake trees do, however, and there are tips for storing your fake Christmas tree in order to make sure it looks nice and lasts a long time. These tips are:
- Make sure you fold it carefully. If you just bunch up all the branches, you're more likely to bend or break it. Take your time, wear gloves, and don't rush it.
- Wrap your tree once it's folded. Artificial trees are vulnerable to fluctuating temperatures, moisture, and decay. Since they're typically stored in basements or garages, they're likely to be exposed to these things. Purchase an artificial tree cover or a large piece of cloth to wrap your tree in.
- Always hold on to the box. Folding and wrapping the tree keeps the pieces you have safe from decay and damage. Keeping it all in the box helps you avoid losing tree limbs, needles, or wayward ornaments. That way, you don’t have to worry about digging for lost bits and bobs.
How to Store Christmas Ornaments
There are many different ways to safely store your ornaments, and only one way you should never store them. The way you should never store your ornaments is by throwing them into a box or bin loose. You'll end up with broken pieces, lost hanging hooks, and general chaos. Some suggestions for ways to safely and securely store your ornaments include:
- Investing in archival ornament boxes that were designed to protect them. This also helps you stay organized and avoid losing any especially well-loved pieces.
- If you already have a planned box or bin for storage, make sure to wrap up individual ornaments. The best options for wrapping are either tissue paper or coffee filters. They give that little extra protection and peace of mind.
- Consider organizing ornaments using plastic bags. Gallon-size plastic bags make for easy dividing and organizing. Throw some paper towels in each bag as extra padding and you'll be good to go.
How to Store Everything Else
Many holiday decorations are family heirlooms. They have tremendous sentimental or personal value, and you want to make sure they’re not damaged. The best way to protect your beloved holiday decor is to make sure it’s stored safely.
Start by wrapping decor in plain white paper or cloth. Avoid newspaper, as ink might stain the items you’re wrapping. Store the items in air (and pest)-proof plastic containers, and keep them somewhere dry and temperate. If you don’t have a good place to do that, consider a climate controlled storage unit.
Packing up and storing your holiday decor is never really easy. You have to make sure everything’s stored correctly and then find a place for it. Even if this never gets easy, hopefully this blog demonstrates that it doesn’t have to be hard, either. By following these tips and taking your time, you’ll successfully de-deck the halls without too much trouble.
As always, if you need a little help finding a place for your holiday decor, consider Storage Direct. We’ll help keep your holiday decorations safe until you need them again next year. Have a happy New Year!