Does the packing away of Christmas decorations send you in a spin? Is it something that you know you need to do but you just dread the thought of it?
Don’t panic it doesn’t have to be done in one go, take your time and get those decorations packed away and stored ready for next year.
You must pack them properly and store them where they are safe and easily accessible for next year.
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Why Focus On How To Store Decorations
There is nothing more annoying than opening up your box of decorations to find a tangled mess of lights and tresured decoration that need sorting and deep cleaning before you can even start decorating for the holiday season.
This is why it is so important to put them away properly to ensure that it is easier to get them out next year.
How you store your Christmas decorations is important, there is little point throwing things in a box and hoping they will survive.
You might get away with one year, but you are chancing your luck if you don’t store things properly.
Storing Items Separately
You can’t put some items together, it just won’t work. You need to work out what items you’ve got and the appropriate way to store them.
This is could mean that you have a lot of different storage containers and finding the right item that you are looking for is difficult unless you label everything.
For fancy labels I love my Cricut, you can print on vinyl and stick directly onto the box and this way you can use the same colour for the same or similar items.
If you are looking for a less pretty option for labeling I love my Dymo label maker.
How To Store Christmas Lights
Holiday lights can easily get tangled and almost impossible to sort if you haven’t taken the time to put them away carefully.
If the packaging that you purchased them in doesn’t come with some way to organize the lights when you take them down you will need a way to keep them tangle free.
You can buy a storage reels for lights that ensures next time you want to use them they unwind tangle free.
However, if you are looking for a free storage idea, you can easily wrap the lights around a thick piece of card.
It will prevent them from tangling up and it makes the easy to store.
How To Pack Christmas Ornaments
Delicate ornaments need careful packing if you are hoping for them to last another year.
Don’t use newspaper to wrap up ornaments, the print can leak and damage your ornament.
It’s best to use tissue paper to wrap each individual item and pack them into a carboard box that isn’t much bigger than the item. It gives the ornament protection before being placed into a storage box.
You might have gotten a box with the item, or you might have a few small shoe boxes that you can use. Just remember to label the box with what’s inside.
It’s then easier to fill up your sturdy plastic box with smaller boxes than it is to try and fill up a big storage box with delicate items.
Just ensure there is enough protection is around each item and you don’t put the delicate items on the bottom of the storage box.
Storing Snow Globes
If you have any snow globes how you store these is so important. You don’t want them to leak and damage everything else in the container.
After cleaning the snow globe and ensuring it’s in good conditon you need to carefully warp it in tissue paper and then place in a cardboard box.
Each snow globe needs to be individually wrapped and boxed on their own before placing in a storage box.
For added protection you could put each snow globe into a bag to ensure if a leak happens it won’t ruin the items in the rest of the box.
A few years ago, I had a major problem; a snow globe got mixed up with some of the kid’s decorations and it leaked, ruined some precious ornaments made by my children that can never be replaced.
Storing Electronic Items
Electronic toys and accessories are popular but if they have a battery inside take this out and store in a plastic bag if the battery leaks it is not going to damage the toy.
I just put the batteries sealed in their bags with the toy. I always write down the size of battery that each item takes and this allows me to plan over the year any extra batteries I might need for the holiday season.
It also means I can spread the cost over the year too, of any batteries that I need to buy.
Storing Decorations In The Garage
If you put your decorations into plastic containers with lids that are secure you should be OK with storing your decorations in the garage.
You don’t want any unwanted visitors eating away at your decorations which is why you need to ensure they are in boxes that vermin can’t enter.
Protection From Damp
If you live with a varied temperature going from extreme cold to warm weather you might also want to think about protecting items from this change and proventing damp causing damage.
You must ensure that before you store anything the item is compeletly dry. You can always add in a silica gel sachet to absorb any mositure that might appear.
Storing Artificial Tree In Garage
It is possible to store your artificial Christmas tree in the garage but I would invest in a protective bag to store it in to ensure that it’s clean and pest free when you go to use it again.
I know I have issues with creepy crawlys getting into things and I would probably clean the tree before putting it up just to be on the safe side.
Storing Decorations In An Attic
As with all storage spaces you have to make sure that where ever you store your decorations that you take the time to ensure they are stored safely and you are able to take them out when you need them.
Make sure that you have stored the decorations in protective boxes and label everything, the last thing you want to do is to spend more time than necessay accessing and locating the decorations.
Make sure that your decorations are clean and dry before you start to pack them away.
You don’t have to put everything away in one go, take your time and do the job properly.
Ensure that you have the right equipment to store the decorations so they don’t get broken or tangled.
Label everything to make it easier to find and locate what you are looking for.
Where you store your decorations will depend on what space you have but make sure it’s safe to do so.