It always seems as if the holiday season flies by. One minute you are looking forward to turning your home into a winter wonderland, and the next, it is already time to pack up the decorations. Don’t let this get you down! Instead, follow these tips and tricks to store your holiday decorations:
Storage containers are the staple item for good holiday organization. I have found the 20 gallon plastic containers to work well, and the good news, many retailers place these on sale the day after Christmas. So be on the lookout! When selecting storage containers, consider purchasing clear ones that way you can see the contents inside. If you can’t find clear ones, make sure to label the box well for easy unpacking the next holiday season.
Many retailers sell containers specifically designed to securely store ornaments. For your highly cherished pieces, you may consider this purchase investment, but for everything else, consider these storage hacks:
- Use an egg carton to store smaller ornaments, and an apple container for larger ones.
- Add a dowel rod through a plastic storage container. Then hang your ornaments on the rod for safe keeping all year long.
If you are anything like my husband, untangling light strands is one of the most frustrating moments of the decorating process. To prevent this year after year, simply follow these tricks:
- Use emptied coffee or Pringles cans to wrap the lights around.
- Buy a pack of inexpensive zip ties. Wrap the lights around your hand and elbow, making a circle, then secure with a zip tie.
- For larger light strands, use a power cord holder. Even consider plugging your separate light strands all together and winding around the holder – that way all your lights are safely secured in one place.
If you have a lot of storage space, consider keeping your tree fully assembled year after year. This will save you a lot of time! I even have a few friends that keep their tree fully decorated, wrap it with plastic wrap to secure the ornaments, and then place the tree into a closet for storing. But if you’re limited on space, consider shrink wrapping each section of the tree and store in a bin for safe keeping.
I dread fluffing wreaths each year. To prevent this, consider hanging your wreaths versus stuffing them into a box. Use the hook of the wreath to place on a hanger. Cover the wreath with a trash bag and tie at the bottom to prevent debris from settling on the wreath. Hang the wreath on a beam in available storage space.
While the first year of using these storage tips might take a little longer than normal, you will sure be patting yourself on the back come the next holiday decorating season!
Posted by Bethani Williams
Bethani works with Ameris Bank Mortgage Services as the marketing specialist. As a previous homeowner, she shares personal stories, providing tricks and tips she has learned along the way.
The information voiced in this material is for general information and is not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual.