The holidays are everyone’s favorite time of year, but there’s one part of the festive process that gets on everyone’s nerves: packing and unpacking all the decorations. Whether you stack them up in your attic or basement or hire a self-storage unit to free up more space in your home, it can be a real pain to searching through countless boxes. To help you out, and make the process a whole lot easier, we’ve put together the following holiday storage tips for you to try. We’re sure that they’ll make the festive period a whole lot less stressful!
First, make sure you know exactly where to start, by putting together an “open me first” box of all those early essentials. From Christmas cards to holiday baking equipment, having an early start is always a smart idea. By keeping all these pieces together in an easily accessible place, you can get started on things before the rush. It’s a good idea to keep this box somewhere separate from all your other holiday boxes so that you can easily find it- if you keep everything else in a self-storage unit, then hold the essentials box at home, so you don’t have to make an expedition to dig it out!
For the bulk of your holiday decorations, make sure there’s a logic to the way that you store them. For example, it makes sense to keep decorations that go together in the same box, so that it’s easy to find them when you put everything up. Make sure all your boxes are labelled clearly; otherwise, you might discover when you get home that you’ve picked up the wrong box and have to go all the way back again to get the right one.
Finally, there will be particular decorations and ornaments that need a little extra bit of TLC when storing them away for another year. Any precious family heirlooms should be carefully wrapped and stored in a sturdy container so that they don’t get damaged in transit. If you receive any decorations as a gift from a loved one, then you might like to label them so that in years to come, you can always remember the story behind them. You should also take extra care of lights, too. Wrap them around a piece of cardboard slowly, and you won’t have to go through the hassle of untangling them from an enormous ball before you put them up. Replace any burned out bulbs before you put them away, so next year you’ll be ready to go.