While preparing for the recent holiday season, you may have been dismayed to learn that one of your treasured decorations was damaged or destroyed due to a less than ideal storage environment over the past year. If you’ve made a resolution to pack and store differently for the new year, we’ve got some tips ready to help you achieve your goal.
Evaluate and Declutter
The more items you store, the more opportunity there is for breakage. You don’t want a bulky item (that you don’t even like that much) to cause damage to a delicate tree decoration that you love. Although it can be difficult for “pack rats” to let go, this is the ideal time to decide to protect what you love, and let go of the rest.
Now that you know what you want to store, it’s time to organize it. Remember how much time you wasted this year searching for your tree topper only to find it haphazardly stored with your holiday dinnerware? Don’t let this happen again. Some people may find it easier to organize their holiday decorations by the room in which they always place certain decorations. Others find it more logical to store all similar items together, such as placing candles all in one box, storing wreaths together, etc. There’s no right or wrong way to organize, just use the method that works best for you.
Use Proper Storage Containers
Investing in storage containers that actually do a good job of protecting your holiday decorations is probably the best way to make sure you won’t encounter any unpleasant surprises next year. Invest in sturdy storage containers (no overloading!) that are specially designed to protect delicate tree decorations, others that keep tree lights safe and organized, along with a container to hold your door wreath so it doesn’t become crushed.
Even if you do a great job of protecting your holiday items and categorizing them, over the course of a year, it’s easy to forget your organizational process. Adding a label to each box that gives a general description of what’s inside will help you when you unpack next year. Labeling boxes filled with delicate items as “fragile”, will also help you determine which boxes need some extra TLC as you unpack.
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