Here are some of the best tips and tricks for Christmas decoration storage!
Decorating for the holidays is a favorite tradition for many.
Making our homes beautiful and festive through simple or elaborate décor is so fun. Twinkle lights, ribbons, garland, glass bulbs, and other timeless décor fill our homes and add warmth and charm during this season. While putting it all up and enjoying it for a month or so is fun, the taking down part isn’t.
Let’s face it, what goes up must come down and while we are all so eager to put up the holiday décor, how many of us are truly eager to take it all down? Much less store it in an organized way?
I will admit that after the hustle and bustle of December, I’m always ready for a simplified start to the New Year. A clean house with minimal décor, new toys and gadgets put away and stored where they belong, new fresh routines. Before I can get there though, I have to spend some time, usually about a day, taking down and getting my Christmas decoration storage organized.
As in all things that I like to keep organized, I like to be intentional in how I store my holiday décor and what items actually get packed up and what gets tossed or donated. No one wants to open the box of twinkle lights come next December 1st to discover that only half of them work, or a box of cluttered ornaments that you only feel so-so about and as a result many are broken.
Taking the time to evaluate, inspect and simplify your holiday décor now will not only minimize what you have to store but it will also give you a good idea of what items need to be replaced so you can keep your eyes open for post-holiday clearance sales.
Christmas Decoration Storage Tips!
So as you are packing up your décor this year, why don’t you ask yourself the following questions:
Did you even use it this year (or the previous years)?
I am guilty of leaving several Christmas decoration items packed up year after year simply because I just didn’t have a place for them, and to be honest, I just didn’t want to deal with it. Which leads me to ask myself, why am I holding on to it if I don’t love it enough to put it out?
Sometimes there are certain pieces that are valuable and you may be in a season, like me, where you have young children so you don’t want to risk putting out that decoration with the chance of it getting ruined. Or most likely it’s probably because you have more decorations than you have house to display them.
Sentimental, family treasures are obviously worth keeping, but the rest of the stuff that you aren’t using would be better off out of your home and donated so someone else can enjoy it.
Is it broken or damaged?
Who wants to get to the bottom of the Christmas tree ornament box to discover the random pieces of ornament fragments that have busted off and are broken? Clean out that ornament box and toss the broken pieces.
Last year my daughter, who was one at the time, knocked off and broke our first wedding anniversary glass ornament. I was heartbroken, but I also learned that fragile ornaments should be placed up high on the tree from little hands. I was able to salvage some of it and place the ornament pieces in a shadow box and sweep up the rest of the glass to toss. If it is a treasured ornament that is broken, then there are ways to preserve it instead of leaving it tossed in the bottom of your storage bin.
Before you pack up your twinkle lights, always make sure every strand still works. Sure some strands that worked one year will mysteriously not work the next year, but there are also strands that you know you can throw away. A good tip from me to you is that I always buy a box or two of twinkle lights on clearance and store for the next year so that way I’m not running out to the store on our tree trimming night to get a box of full price lights.
Along with your tree trimmings, examine other holiday décor before you pack it away. Are there chips and busted pieces? Can they be fixed? Or are they damaged beyond the point of repair? Throw away any pieces that are broken, they aren’t worth the storage space to hang on to if they aren’t even useable anymore.
Are you taking the time to store it correctly?
Usually the end of December is a time I like to refer to as holiday fatigue, when most are at the point where they are so over it all, they are just ready to get back to a normal routine. Often times this syndrome leads to people to haphazardly throwing décor items into just about any storage bin they can find, not really taking the time to store correctly. This usually results in a mess of several unorganized boxes and bins of random holiday décor that not only takes up more storage room than necessary but also could potentially ruin some of your decorations.
Sure it may seem tedious to wrap items in newspaper, string light strands around old gift wrap tubes to keep from getting tangled, or ironing and folding your holiday linens so they don’t get wrinkled, but imagine how it will feel to open a neatly organized (and possibly labeled) box of decoration items and know exactly what is in each box.
When you take the time to properly organize your Christmas decoration storage, you are also taking up less space in your storage area. Plus if you purge the broken, unused and unwanted you are freeing up even more space! It only takes a few extra steps to inspect, evaluate and possibly purge your holiday décor, but it is so freeing to know that you are only keeping the pieces that you and your family truly love and cherish. Plus it will make next December even more enjoyable when you are only decorating with those beloved pieces.
Here are some of the best holiday decoration storage containers: