Holiday decorating is a ton of fun, especially when you do it with the ones you love. While unpacking your tree lights, ornaments, and other enchanted decor may have been an adventure, packing them all up again once it is all over can be just as hectic. There are several benefits to packing away holiday decorations; to include less clutter, more space, and preservation for next year. So if you would like to keep your favorite decorations for years to come, here are a few tips to organizing and storing your seasonal decorations.
1. Throw Away Unused Items
After each holiday season, it is recommended that you toss out unwanted or unused items. The rule of thumb is if you have not used it this year, you most likely won’t use it the next year. This will free up a bit of space for your storage and help keep your storage space decluttered. Additionally, if you have received or purchased new items, you may want to consider tossing out older items you are no longer going to use. This will save you time during the next holiday season; as you won’t have to search through unwanted items to find the items you want.
2. Pick a location
Before you start packing away your holiday decorations, it is recommended that you have an idea of where you will be storing your items. A few things to look for when selecting a location is the amount of space you have and need and the accessibility of the location. This ensures that you will have enough space to pack away all your items and retrieving them for the next season won’t be a hassle. For example, the basement and attic are both great storage locations for holiday decor. Your items will be out of sight in a location with low traffic.
3. Group Together Similar Pieces
This tip for organizing and storing away your decorations will make the retrieval process all the much easier. Instead of haphazardly throwing all of your items in the location of choice, it is recommended that you separate and group together items of similar material and purpose. For example, you may want to put all of your tree decorations in one location. You can further break your groupings down and separate all of the Christmas lights and ornaments into their own containers, which brings us to our next tip.
4. Use Containers
There are several key benefits to storing your decorative items in storage bins or containers. In addition to keeping your items organized, it will keep them safe and tucked away from dust and bugs. Keeping your items in containers will also ensure your decorations do not get bent up, broken, or become misshapen. Therefore, storing your items in containers will help keep them clean and ready for use in the next season.
5. Label Your Containers
Another tip that will keep your holiday decorations organized is labeling. People use labels to identify the contents of objects without having to sift them. Labeling your decor containers will be no different. It will allow you to identify the contents of the container without you having to dig through them. Therefore, you can rest assured that you will be able to find the things you need, when you need them.
If you would like to use your holiday decorations for years to come, then you may want to consider properly organizing and storing your decorative items in a good location. These five tips will help you do just that. So as you take down your Christmas tree and lights this year, make sure you separate and organize your items into their own labelled containers.