Holiday Storage Tips

What goes up, must come down. Now that the holidays are over, it's time to take down all your beautiful decorations. Here are some storage tips to make the job easier from year to year.

Plan Ahead

Not sure where you are going to put all the decorations and stuff you need to store until next Christmas? Now may be the time to put up some new storage options in your garage, basement or store room. Open shelving, extra cupboards and organizing bins may be just the thing to address your storage challenges. Don't forget to plan ahead for future purchases by leaving empty space on shelves or by buying extra storage totes.

Save a Bundle

After-Christmas markdowns are the best way to save on storage boxes, holiday decorations, ornaments and lights. So, check out the after-Christmas sales and pack away your finds for next year.

Storing Your Ornaments

How you store them is best determined by the size and shape of the ornaments. Flat ornaments can be layered in tissue or paper towels and stacked in clear shoe boxes or even in left-over gift boxes. Wrap large or odd shaped items in tissue, towels or bubble wrap and either store in separate boxes, if fragile, or in a larger tote.

Store Display Items Together

If you created a special holiday display you want to re-create again next year, wrap and store the pieces together in the same storage box with any notes, instructions or even a photo. This will make it a lot easier to re-create that special decor next year.

Packing Your Holiday Lights

The key to having less stress next year is to organize strings of holiday lights before storing them. Don't just throw lose strings in a box because you'll regret it next year. Storage reels allow you to store them and easily hang them again next year. You can also wind them around a flat piece of cardboard or the tube from paper towels and secure with a twist tie or rubber band. If a string was used for a specific display, or in a specific location, write that on an index card and include it with the lights. Store extension cords and timers in the same box as your lights so it's all together and ready to go next year.

Clearly Label Your Storage Containers

You'll be thankful next year if you take the time to clearly label the storage bins. Tape an index card to the box or use a piece of masking tape to write on.

Put Together a Tool Kit

Putting together a holiday tool kit is a great way to save time from year to year and to know what you have or may need. Simply stock a toolbox or shoe box with ornament hooks, wire cutters, nylon line, narrow ribbon or cording, scissors, florist's wire, twist ties, wire ties and spare holiday light bulbs. Place your holiday tool kit in a prominent location with other holiday decorations, and next year you'll be ready to decorate with ease!

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

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