The holidays are over and it’s time to pack away the decorations for another year. Whether you put up a few decorations, or you decked your house out like Clark Griswold in Christmas Vacation, figuring out what to do with holiday décor can get overwhelming. The temptation might be to stuff everything into the attic or garage and deal with it next year.
Unfortunately, this will only lead to more headache in the future. Instead, why not take a more organized approach to storing your holiday items? Here are a few tips on how best to store and inventory your holiday items.
Create a System
A lot of people don’t just decorate for Christmas. If you also decorate for other holidays such as Easter or Halloween, then it makes sense to create an organizational system. Keep the decorations in their own space when you store them. Have an area for each holiday so you know where to go when the time comes.
Color Code by Holiday
You can also color-code the decorations by holiday. If possible, use clear storage bins so you can easily see the decorations inside, but use colored lids on top so that you can find things quickly. Another option is to use a strip of colored tape across the end of the dote (they make all kinds of duct tape colors and patterns). If space is an issue, consider storing decorations in a storage unit. You only need to access them once a year, so they don’t need prime real estate in your home. Using a storage unit frees up space, and is a safe place to store your decorations.
Inventory the Items
As you are placing the items in the box, list them on a sticker/label that you can put on the outside of the box. That way, when it comes time to store the decorations, there’s no guessing what to put in each box. This is also helpful when it comes time to bust out the decorations the next year. If you start with your tree, for example, you can go find the box that is labeled “Tree Decorations”. Having an inventory also helps you to keep track of what you have, so you can easily replace items that are broken or worn out.
Protect Heirlooms and Breakables
Many decorations, especially tree ornaments, are very fragile and also have a lot of sentimental value. Because of that, it is very important that the items get packed appropriately so they do not break. If possible, use smaller boxes for delicate items. Make sure that you wrap every item thoroughly in bubble-wrap or similar packing material to keep them from breaking. A climate-controlled storage unit is a great way to protect these ornaments since attic or basement temperatures can become so extreme that they can damage fragile items.
Packing the LightsWhat About the Tree?
The biggest item for most people is the Christmas tree itself. Ideally, you should use the original box that it came in to pack the tree up when done. But if that’s not an option, then you should store like sized tree branches together and place them in the same storage bins or large bags. By keeping these items together, it will be easier to reassemble next year.
Many of us just want to throw our decorations in the attic and forget about them until next year. By taking a little bit of time to organize your decorations now, you will save yourself a ton of time during the next holiday season.