How to Store Christmas Decorations
Putting up the Christmas decorations is an exciting time. For many of us, it signals the true start to Christmas, and gets us ready and in the festive mood for the holidays. However, come January when it’s time to take it all down, all that festive joy, time and patience is well and truly gone.
You know you should make sure you put the decorations away properly and in an organised manner so that it’s easy to put them up next year, but it can feel like far too much effort now that the holidays are over and life returns to normal.
But by following some simple tricks and tips, putting away those Christmas decorations is easier than ever, and you’ll be super prepared for next year.
Tackle that Tree
If you’ve got an artificial tree, it will need to be stored properly so that it lasts for many years without needing to be replaced. The original box or bag is the ideal way to store these, but if you no longer have it, or it’s seen better days, dismantle the tree into the sections and wrap each one in an old bed sheet and tie them closed.
Put each piece in a large, sturdy box (don’t forget to label it!) and tuck it away for next year.
Repurpose Household Items
When storing ornaments and various miscellaneous Christmas trinkets, you don’t need to spend money on specific storage containers. You can repurpose items from around the home for storing baubles that you probably have lying around right now.
Egg cartons, sandwich bags, vegetable punnets and gift bags are all perfect for storing Christmas decorations. Keep the same kinds of baubles together in the same cartons and stack them in their own labelled box so you know where to find them next year. They will be kept safe and sound, and you’ll be repurposing things that would otherwise be thrown away.
Hang that Wreath
Christmas wreaths are delicate, and they need to be stored in a way that won’t damage their shape so they can be used year after year. One of the best ways to do this is to keep them hung up so they don’t end up being crushed under something in the back of a cupboard. Use a coat hanger and a plastic covering (like a bin bag) and keep the wreath hung up in a wardrobe in the bag to prevent it from getting flattened and bent out of shape.
Keep Those Lights Knot-Free
Christmas lights are one of the trickiest decorations to cope with. There just doesn’t seem to be any way of keeping them organised in a way that doesn’t result in them taking hours to untangle come next year.
Well, a handy tip is to wrap the lights around a piece of cardboard – you’re likely to have loads lying around after Christmas – to keep them from getting tangled up. Cut a slot on both sides of the cardboard, one for the plug and one for the end of the lights, and wrap the lights around the middle.
Garment Bag for Paper
How often do you have leftover Christmas wrapping paper, yet when it comes to the next year the rolls often end up getting crushed or lost altogether? A good tip is to keep them side by side inside a zip-up garment bag and hanging them up in a wardrobe (along with that wreath!). The paper will stay perfect and pristine for next year, so you won’t even need to go and buy any more.
If your Christmas decorations are still taking up too much space – even after you’ve neatly organised them and put them away, it could be time to consider self-storage. Self-storage units are a great way to store bulky items that you need and want to keep but that you don’t really have space for.
At Kangaroo Self Storage, our storage units are flexible and affordable. There are no complicated, long-term contracts, you can store with us for as long as you like, and we only need one weeks’ notice when you wish to vacate. And, just to make it easier, we offer a free collection service. You don’t even have to take your items down to our storage facility yourself, it’s just that easy.
At Kangaroo, we offer self storage in Edinburgh, self storage in Dundee and self storage in Glasgow. If you have any questions, feel free to contact a member of our friendly team. We are here to help.