When you put your decorations away is a personal choice, I like a good cleaning session and to take back control of the house! But how you store Christmas decorations is important, there is little point throwing things in a box and hoping they will survive!
You must pack them properly and store them where they are safe and easily accessible when you need them again next year.
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The Best Way To store Christmas Decorations
There is nothing more annoying than opening up your box of decorations to find a tangled mess that needs sorting before you can 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 put them up next year.
You need to consider the different items you need to store, not all of them are suitable being stored together!
Storing 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.
To store them properly, you can easily wrap the lights around a thick piece of card.
They are tangle free and easy to unwind when you next wish to use them.
The Best Way To Pack Christmas Ornaments
Delicate ornaments need careful packing if you are hoping for them to last another year.
If they are light in colour and easily marked then don’t wrap them in newspaper use tissue paper instead, this will protect the item and it won’t be damaged by any print that could mark the item.
I have a few cardboard boxes that I saved from when shoes and boots got purchased and these make great storage boxes, which you can fill with delicate items, before putting these into a sturdy plastic container.
They have less space to move and I can then ensure enough protection is around each item.
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 electronic 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 next holiday season.
It also means I can spread the cost over the year too, of any batteries that I need to buy!
A Word Of Warning
If you have decorations with liquid in then it is important that you take every precaution to protect the item and the other items you have.
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.
It is something that will never happen again, all ornaments that contain liquid get placed in plastic boxes individually, if they are glass I will wrap them with tissue paper the same as any delicate object but they always go in a plastic tub to prevent any future loss of decorations that are sentimental to me and my family.
If you need more inspiration for storage ideas check out this selection from Amazon!
New Christmas Decorations
If you are looking for new Christmas decorations for next year now is the time to shop as they are often in the sales at a reduced price. You will have to check them carefully as many sale items are not returnable.
I have already purchased a few items, which got reduced. I am waiting to see a few more drop in price over the next week before I pick up some of the more expensive items that are slower in the price reduction; I know if I miss these then I won’t get an opportunity to purchase them again at these prices.
However, I look at these as an opportunity to get items at a great price and if I fail at getting an item then it doesn’t affect me, I look at it in the positive that I have saved money.
Therefore, if you are packing away your decorations the better that you pack now, will save you frustration when you come to use them again next holiday season!
What is your best tip for storing Christmas decorations? Comment below!
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