It is the most wonderful time of the year. You get to gather with friends and family, share a meal and exchange gifts, and of course, decorate your home.
The Christmas decorations we use are special. Many of them have been handcrafted by loved ones or passed down through generations. So when it comes time to take them down, it is important to know how to store them so they stay intact and can be used for years to come. Here are our tips to properly store all of your holiday décors:
Invest In A Tree Keeper
A high-quality, lifelike artificial Christmas tree is pretty expensive. However, being put up and taken down year after year can leave it looking terrible. Tree keepers store the tree upright so the branches do not get tangled, pressed, or worn thin. They also make putting up your tree each year much easier.
Store Lights On A Reel
Lights tangle easily and can be a real pain to untangle. Storing your lights on a reel can prevent that problem. Another good idea is to use a small piece of masking tape to create a label for your lights. For example, you could have a label that says “12 ft white tree lights” or “40 ft outdoor multicolor.” This will keep everything organized for when you put up decorations next year.
Purchase An Ornament Tote
Ornaments are especially fragile. Many are made of easy breakable materials like glass or those that can degrade if improperly stored, such as delicate silk. An ornament tote has special compartments for each type of ornament. It keeps them safe when put away and moved.
Hang Your Wreath
The best way to store a wreath is the same way you display it. Hanging keeps it in great condition and retains its shape. Wrap your wreath in plastic to prevent any dust from gathering on it. Then, take a wire hanger and fold it into a hook. Hang the wreath on a wall hanger or a coat rack.
For Christmas fabrics like tablecloths, throw pillows, and tree skirts, the safest way to store them is to place them inside a vacuum-sealed bag. Vacuum sealing keeps out moisture, pests, and dirt that can stain, erode, and degrade fabrics. It also reduces the amount of space the items will take up in your storage unit.
Do Not Forget About Accessories And Other Items
There are a lot of miscellaneous things that you use when decorating for the holidays. Those include ornament hooks, removable wall hangers, and extra light bulbs. Consider keeping these organized in a small plastic container. This will help you find them easily and not have to keep buying them year after year.
If you do not have enough storage space for all of your holiday décor, consider getting a storage unit at Forest Creek Mini Storage. We have options that are ideal for seasonal storage and will allow you to keep sentimental and valuable items safe. Contact us today to learn more.