Christmas is by far the best holiday and the most beautiful time of the year. The decorations add a final touch to the holiday look, but when the celebrations are over, it comes time to take them down.
Taking them down is not usually as hard as storing them, mainly because of their irregular shapes and sizes. Where and how are you going to store them in such a way that they will remain in good condition for the next almost 12 months?
Many Christmas decorations are delicate and can break easily if not stored properly. However, with these easy yet creative hacks for storing decorations, you canstore your Christmas decorations for as long as necessary, and they will still be in good condition.
One of the most important hacks forstoring Christmas decorations is clearing out what you don’t want or need. After taking down all the decorations, identify all the ones that are still in good condition and can be used for Christmas 2021.
Separate them from the ones you feel you have overused and need replacing or the ones that are damaged. You can throw away those that may be damaged and donate those in good shape but you no longer use.
Doing that ensures that you have enough space tostore all the good decorations in ample space so that they don’t get damaged in storage.
Once you have all the items you want to keep, separate them into categories. That will not only help the Christmas storage be orderly, but it will also help you identify them easily when you get them out next Christmas.
You can separate them according to where and how they are used; for example, outdoor and indoor. You can also separate them by type and have each type of decoration stored separately. The most important thing is to store breakable decorations away from the unbreakable ones.
(Крэдыт выявы:Country Living)
Don't leave your light strands tangled up in a huge heap. That not only looks terrible but will also be a nightmare for you when you get them out next Christmas. Poor storage of your light strands also increases the chances of damage to the wires inside and the bulbs breaking. Nothing is more frustrating than storing your lights all year, only to have to buy new strands because the old ones are not working. Ensure that you untangle them and remove any knots.
For your lights, you can store them by wrapping them around cardboard boxes or invest in light storage spools. That will ensure that they remain untangled and straight the whole time. In a pinch, you can also wrap them around paper towel holders.
Christmas tree storage
Your Christmas tree is perhaps the most important (and expensive) Christmas decoration in your collection. If you want to keep your Christmas tree for Christmas 2021, the best place to store it is the garage or a dry basement. However, don't just shove it in there.
Ensure that you have a cover over it; preferably a bag or the box it came in. Ensure that the bag is big enough to cover the whole tree and is water-resistant. Also, make sure there are no holes where water or bugs could get inside.
Water is likely the biggest enemy of your tree, and it could severely damage it. If you do not have enough space, you can shrink wrap your tree using a heavy duty plastic wrap. That will also serve as extra protection against dust, bugs and water. Keep checking on your tee to ensure that the cover is still in shape. Here’s an example of a great Christmas tree bag:
(Крэдыт выявы:Дом прыгожы)
Ornaments can be fragile and sentimental, and you want to ensure that they are well protected in storage. There are a few creative and safe ways you can store them. The first one is to store similar sized ornaments in egg cartons.
You can place each ornament in a separate “egg” compartment and then close the carton. That will not only keep them from getting damaged, but it will also keep them dust free. You can also store them in wine boxes and use the wine dividers to separate every ornament by color.
These can be challenging because of their different sizes and shapes. However, all you need to do is make a place on an unused wall in your basement storage or garage to hang them. You should also have a plastic bag around them to keep them from dust and moisture.
(Крэдыт выявы:Добрыя рэчы)
You can also keep your eyes open for a box that could be the right size and store your wreath inside away from dust and protected from being smashed. The key is to ensure that they do not fold. Depending on the size of the boxes, you can have several wreaths in one box.
Having strings of garland tangled all over your decorations can be very frustrating. There are several ways that you can store them to ensure they don’t get twisted into a jumbled knot with your other decorations. Again, a garland storage spool isn’t expensive and will keep them from becoming damaged and knotted.
Gift wrapping items
Gift wrapping items, unless Christmas-themed, can also be used at other times of the year. However, you want to make sure that those Christmas-themed wrapping items are kept safe until next Christmas.
You can have the extra rolls or ribbons organized together in a storage basket. Have the ends of the ribbons fitted through the holes in the storage basket to reduce the chances of them unrolling and tangling on each other.
You can also have the wrapsзахоўваецца ў boxes, but you should have the ends of the wraps held together using tape. That keeps them perfectly rolled, and they won't tangle or knot. Here is an example of a storage box for wrapping paper:
(Крэдыт выявы:Магазін кантэйнера)
Use clear storage material
Christmas storage is done for almost a year, and you might forget where you had certain decorations come Christmas 2021.
Using clear storage containers and clear plastic bags (where possible) will help you easily identify what is in each container. That saves you a lot of time and energy.
If you don't have clear containers, one of the best hacks for storing Christmas decorations is labeling all the boxes with what they have inside.
Ensure that you have all the decorations in a cool room with no possibility of water damage or pests. Keep checking on them often in case any adjustments need to be made.
Make the most of your Christmas decoration storage space.