Organizing and Storing Holiday Decorations

holiday storageIn a few weeks, the hustle and bustle of the holidays will be over and it will be time to get ready for a fresh new year.  Once the lights and the trees are down and the gifts are all put away, you should have a plan ready to properly organize and store all your holiday decorations for the next holiday season. Maybe you store all your decorations in a closet, attic or basement.  Or, if you’re running out of room in your home, instead of shoving everything back into a tight space, you can consider renting a self storage unit from Sentinel Storage! We have a variety of storage unit sizes to meet any of your household storage needs.

Holiday Storage Tips

It’s important to protect your holiday items by storing them properly.  Here are a few tips to make sure all your decorations will be safe and remain in good condition for next year:

  • Segregate decorations into different boxes- ornaments, candles, table linens, garlands, etc. Label each box or container so you know what you currently have, and then make a list of all the items. You can reference your inventory list next year so you know exactly what you might need to purchase.
  • Check for broken ornaments or non-working lights. If things cannot be repaired, there’s no point placing them in storage.  Add these items to your inventory list so you can replace them next year.
  • Purchase plastic bins with lids rather than using old or flimsy cardboard boxes. Many retail store sell plastic bins in holiday colours so you know immediately what these bins contain, making it easy to remove them from storage.  Plus, plastic bins are sturdier and more durable so you can stack them without worrying about items in the bottom boxes getting crushed or broken.
  • Holiday lights can be wrapped around a coffee can or piece of cardboard to avoid getting them all tangled into a knotted mess. For extra protection, wrap the reel of lights with tissue paper before placing them into the storage container.
  • Use specially made boxes for storing your precious ornaments to keep them protected. Or, get creative and line a container with plastic cups or egg cartons- you can place the ornaments inside the cups to keep them from moving around inside the box.
  • If you use an artificial Christmas tree, try to keep the original box you bought it in and use that to store it. You can also consider purchasing bins for each part of the tree, or a Christmas tree bag.  If you can keep the tree partially assembled when placing it in storage, it will save you some time next year when you put it back up.
  • If you purchase an abundance of holiday wrapping paper at the after-Christmas clearance sales, you’ll need a good way to store it until next year. Use a garment bag to keep all those rolls of paper together- and you can even hang it out of the way in the back of a closet. Or, there are specially-made storage bins specifically for wrapping paper you can purchase, too.
  • Candles need to be stored in a cool place, out of the direct sunlight. If you use your garage or attic for holiday storage, you might want to reconsider that for your candles! Wrap them in cellophane to keep them from sticking together, and store them under a sink or in a cool basement.

Renting a self storage unit from Sentinel Storage is the perfect solution for your holiday items. They’ll be kept safe in your unit all year long until you’re ready to bring them out next year.

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