The holidays are a wonderful time of year filled with cheer, sparkling lights, and beautiful decorations. Once Christmas has come and gone and it’s time to put away all the holiday décor, the mission then becomes how to do so properly so as to not damage them in any way. It’s all about the planning. The following five tips can help you keep your holiday decorations stored and organized so they’re all ready to go for next year.
Separate the decorations
The first step in storing and organizing your Christmas decorations is to separate them so it’s easier to see what you’re working with. For example, put the lights together, like ornaments with like, wreaths with wreaths, and so forth. As difficult as it can be, you should also get rid of any décor that no longer has a place in your home. It can be challenging due to all the sentimentality associated with the holiday, but you really don’t need to keep everything.
Invest in quality storage containers
Quality storage containers can make a big difference. Long gone are the days where you have to worry about tangled Christmas lights when there are storage pieces that are specifically designed to keep them organized and so they’re easier to unwind next year. There are also storage boxes for ornaments, bags for artificial trees and wreaths, plastic boxes for Christmas cards you want to keep or photos you want to save, wrapping paper holders, and more.
Choose your primary storage option
There are many who have a plethora of holiday décor while others take a more minimalist approach, but however much you have, it’s essential to choose a primary storage option that’s going to work for you. If you have few decorations, a single storage trunk might be your best bet. For those who have more, stackable storage bins or even a large cabinet could be ideal.
Put the décor in a safe place
Where you store the décor matters just as much as how you pack it. It should be stored in a cool, dry place and not in an area that is exposed to heat and humidity or has a chance of getting water damaged. Also, put the décor where it’s not at risk for falling over or getting knocked over. Lastly, it’s typically a good idea to put the heaviest items on the bottom.
Prep for next year
Don’t rush through the packing process; prepare for next year as much as possible. For example, take all the batteries out of the decorations to avoid corrosion, attach a small label onto each strand of lights to dictate where they’re typically hung, and make your favorite must-display decorations easily accessible so you can grab them first. It will seem like a less cumbersome process next year.
Initially, it can take quite a bit of time and effort to get all the holiday decorations stored and organized, but the following years will be much easier when it comes time to finding what you need, taking everything out, and putting it away all over again. You’ll be able to spend less time unpacking and more time enjoying your decorating handiwork.