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Jan 6, 2020

Storage Tips for Christmas Decorations

Fast forward to next year’s holiday season and upon opening your stored Christmas decorations, you’re presented with broken ornaments, tangled string lights, chipped glass and ceramics, and even lost items. It’s safe to say that we have all experienced the horror and frustration of improperly packed supplies. The good news is, your decorations can be saved by using proper storage techniques. 
Depending on the size of your home and whether or not you have the advantage of a garage or shed, storage methods differ for everyone! Check out some of the tips below to start brainstorming how you can store your decorations properly and enjoy them for years to come. 
Artificial Trees
Artificial trees are a great alternative to a real tree, but when it comes to storage, they can be a pain! The best way to store your artificial tree is in the box that it was purchased in! When returning it back to the original box, try to pack it in the reverse order or steps you took to unpack it. Getting the branches straight and back in the box can be tough but using rubber bands can help keep them together.
String Lighting
First thing’s first—when it comes to holiday lighting, it’s important to keep lights separate to prevent tangling. Nothing it worse than spending extra time untangling string lights. Try wrapping lights of the same type around a rectangular piece of cardboard and securing them with a rubber band. For extra safety, wrap them in a paper towel and place them in a box with other lighting. This way, you can sort them and keep them from getting tangled or breaking while in storage.
For sentimental, or fragile ornaments, it’s best to return them to their original packaging. For extra support, wrap them in bubble wrap, newspaper or tissue for safe keeping. Plastic, or cheaper ornaments, can also be stored in original packaging but don’t require the added protection. 
Glass and Ceramics
With any glass or ceramic object, we know how fragile they can be. When handling these decorations, always wrap them in bubble wrap or newspaper to prevent breakage. In case they do break, the shards of glass or ceramic will be contained within the packaging and can be easily recycled or disposed of.
Outdoor Décor
With a variety of outdoor décor options comes a variety of storage solutions. For large inflatable decorations, always ensure that they are dried and stored in a tightly sealed container to prevent molding. Similarly, wreaths and outdoor Christmas trees should be stored in air-tight containers too. Other items may not need to be stored in a box and can be stored separately including wooden décor or sculptures.
Other tips:
- When boxing items, try packaging similar items together.
- Always label boxes, especially those with fragile contents.
- Store items in a location where the temperature does not fluctuate.
- Don’t be afraid to add extra padding with tissue paper, newspaper, or bubble wrap.
- For tiny items, use sandwich baggies.
- Store wrapping paper in large cardboard tubes.
- Remove batteries from decorations, as they can leak or degrade.
It’s important to always be mindful when taking down your Christmas decor. Using these storage tips for Christmas decorations, you’ll not only save space, but also save time when it comes time to put them back out next year!

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