Since the New Year is officially upon us and it’s time to head back to work, it’s about that time to put away those holiday decorations. Whether you have a faux Christmas tree that needs a place to stay for the next 11 months or a real one that has already gone on to its final resting place, it’s likely you need a plan of action for storing all that holiday cheer!
Right now is typically the best time to stock on bulk storage containers. Most large retail stores will be offering their storage inventory at a deep discount, so it’s best to stock up now and avoid the frustrated shoving of things into boxes of questionable quality. Which brings us to the first decoration storage tip: avoid cardboard boxes. Whether you use a storage shed, attic, basement, closet, or even off-site storage facility, it’s best to use storage containers made of tough, protective plastic. Natural elements such as storms and little critters can be rather unpredictable, and cardboard just won’t last long against either.
Speaking of where to store things, it’s also a good idea to house your beloved SampleHouse holiday decorations in a location that is climate controlled. A closet under the stairs or spare bedroom closet will benefit from your home’s controlled environment and will have much less risk of damage than say, a garage or attic. Depending on how much decoration storage you need, it may be worth a climate-controlled storage facility so you don’t have to worry about it taking up space. Because a lot of holiday decorations include family heirlooms and items that are passed down from generation to generation, it’s important to care for them so they last as long as possible.
If you’re anything like us, you love using classic ornaments, trinkets, and lights to decorate for the holidays. We’ve discovered that “classic” also usually means “fragile.” Many ornaments and other beloved decorations are usually made of glass or ceramic, and require a lot of care to make sure they last through and between each holiday season. The best way to keep your breakables safe is to invest a little more time and attention into packing them up than you would with your other items. Wrap each ornament in bubble wrap or packing paper, and use small, sturdy storage containers to store them. We’ve found it’s best to store breakables by themselves or in very small numbers instead of all together as it reduces the weight of container, reducing the chance of breakage if it falls or is dropped. This method also reduces the amount of total loss in case of an accident.
With a little planning and some time, you can make sure all of your SampleHouse holiday treasures will remain safe all year. Twelve months may seem like a lifetime away, but the holidays will be back before we know it and we want everyone’s holiday season to be as beautiful as possible, year after year. Happy New Year!