CREATIVE WAYS TO STORE HOLIDAY DECORATIONS
by Alyssa Davis
Holiday decorations add to the festivity of Christmas and New Year’s, but they have to go somewhere when the holiday season is over. Here are some ways to store your decorations away safely and neatly so you will have no trouble bringing them out to adorn your home again next year.
Label each storage bin and box clearly and in detail, on more than one side of the container. The last thing you want to do come next year is to open and sort through several boxes looking for a specific decorative item.
A great way to store your large boxes and save space is to use shelving mounted from the ceiling of your garage. Tucked away neatly overhead, you will know they are secure till the holiday season comes round again.
Paper tubes: Save your cardboard wrapping paper tubes for storing tinsel, garland, or Christmas lights.
Wrapping these long strands of lights or garland around the tubes will help to keep them untangled and in good shape for future use. You can cut a slit at both ends of the tube, place the end of the strand of decorations through one slit, wrap the strand around the tube, and finish by sliding the strand through the slit in the other end.
Place them in plastic bags to preserve them and store on top of boxes or under the bed where they won’t get damaged.
Smaller boxes and tissue paper: Holiday centerpieces and ornaments that are more fragile should be wrapped and stored in smaller boxes.
Group the fragile items together and store in a place where the boxes won’t get crushed, like under the bed or on top of other heavier storage boxes.
Plastic or cloth sheets: Some large holiday decorations like Christmas trees and outdoor displays will not fit into a box or you may prefer to store them unboxed if you have the space in a garage or spare room. Cover these items with an old sheet, tarp, or recycled dry cleaning bags to protect them from getting dusty or faded.