How to Safely Store Your Christmas Decorations
As the festive season comes to an end, many of us wonder what to do with our Christmas decorations. The easy option is just to put them in some empty drawers or cupboards, but this takes up valuable space in your home. In addition, if your decorations are not put away with care then they may not be usable next year. So, that’s why Christmas decoration storage is a great idea when you want to keep your decorations safe and ready for next year’s festivities! Here is our guide to safely packing your Christmas decorations into storage.
Step One – Clean Any Linens
It’s the usual practice for most of us to bring out our best tablecloths and linens during the festive season. As such, they will pick up plenty of stains as well as wear and tear. To make sure these fabrics are clean enough for storage, start by spot cleaning the toughest stains. Add spot remover to the stains and let it sit for five minutes. Wash your linens according to the fabric directions, using hot water if possible. Then dry and iron your linens so they are ready for storage.
Step Two – Dismantle Decorations
To prevent any damages to large decorations such as Christmas trees, you should dismantle them and remove any loose parts before storage. Remove the base of the tree and store it in a box along with each branch. Wrap up any fragile objects including glass decorations, so they are well protected.
Step Three – Use Packing Dividers
You need to take special care with fragile objects before you put them into Christmas decoration storage. It is a good idea to purchase a sturdy box or tub for these items. Use foam dividers, inserts or bubble wrap to provide extra cushioning. Separate your indoor and outdoor Christmas lights and wrap them carefully to prevent entanglement before packing them in separate boxes.
Step Four – Pack Each Box Carefully
While it might be tempting to fit as much as you can into each box, this can increase the risk of your items becoming damaged. Make sure to keep fragile objects in separate boxes from items such as heavy décor that could damage them if moved. It is also important to put extra cushioning inside any box containing fragile items.
Step Five – Mark Each Box
When it’s time to move your boxes to self-storage, you need to do it with the utmost care. Make sure all boxes containing fragile items are well labelled so extra care is taken with their move. In addition, avoid placing any heavy boxes on top of boxes containing fragile items.
Step Six – Store Carefully
With your boxes now safely within storage, make sure they are clearly visible and within easy reach. This will help you access them quickly when the next holiday season arrives and will save you time searching for what you need.
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