If you’re like millions of people across the United States, you love decorating your home and/or business during the holidays. As a matter of fact, 43% of decorators are so anxious to get their holiday decorations up that they start hanging lights before Thanksgiving!
While the process of setting up your holiday display is probably something you look forward to, we’re willing to bet that taking down your display isn’t something you enjoy as much.
Having to store all of your lights and ornaments, stuffing your artificial tree into your garage… The process can get so overwhelming that many people resort to just throwing everything onto their garage floor and pushing the pile off to the side until next year.
Resist that temptation!
Save Time With These Storage Techniques
To ensure that your holiday decorations last you a long time and to save you hours setting up your decorations next year, follow these storage tips!
Keep your sturdier ornaments in freezer bags
We love packing away our more heavy duty ornaments in freezer bags before dropping them into storage containers. This allows us to keep them from rubbing too aggressively against other ornaments which can cause paint chipping. The bag’s transparency also allows us to easily find what we’re looking for.
We can’t stress enough that this trick is best suited for ornaments that aren’t too damage prone. A freezer bag won’t provide much in the way of impact protection.
Hang artificial wreaths
Wreaths, artificial or real, can be expensive. That’s why it’s important that yours don’t end up stuffed at the bottom of a box somewhere where they can get bent and ruined.
The safest way to store your wreaths is by hanging them.
You can do this by placing them on a nail in your garage or by using a clothing rack or similar safe hanging spot.
Wrap your artificial tree in shrink wrap
Artificial trees are great because they save you from the hassle of having to go out each year to purchase a new tree that’ll shed all over your house.
To keep your artificial tree safe from the elements until next winter and to maximize your garage space, shrink wrapping is a good way to go.
Shrink wrapping shouldn’t ruin any of your branches so don’t let that keep you from trying this trick. When you unwrap your tree next year, it should look as good as new after a quick fluffing.
An old belt can also keep your artificial tree in check
Don’t have shrink wrap? Want to limit your use of plastics for environmental reasons?
Then leverage old belts to whip your unruly tree into shape.
You may need 3 or 4 belts depending on the size of your tree but if that’s not a problem you can cut down on the amount of room your tree takes up significantly with a quick wrap.
Use cardboard when storing string lights
The top annoyance of most people’s holiday decorations storing process is putting away string lights. They’re hard to wrap, they get tangled, bulbs break…
To get your lights stored fast and to save a ton of time untangling things next year, wrap your lights around old scraps of cardboard before putting them into storage.
If you do, you’ll avoid tangles and reduce the risk of your light’s wiring getting bent which can ruin your light string.
Put your garland inside of empty water bottles
If your home or business went heavy on the garland this year, it’s important to know that if you don’t store it right, you’re going to end up with tangles that are very hard to remedy.
The way to avoid that fate is as easy as pouring your garland into empty water bottles. A single bottle should fit up to two strings.
Use egg crates for small, fragile ornaments
Have small ornaments that are breakable and mean a lot to you? Put each of them into their own individual slots within an egg carton.
Once they’re in place, shut the crate and tape it closed.
Egg cartons are designed to protect (you guessed it) eggs. That same design will keep your holiday decorations safe in storage.
Store leftover wrapping paper in garment bags
Wrapping paper can get costly depending on the number of presents you have to wrap each year. While most people end up having a ton of wrapping leftover at the end of the holidays, the elements take their toll throughout the year which can leave your paper unusable.
To keep your wrapping paper in pristine condition for the next 11 months, throw all of your spare rolls in an old garment bag, zip it up and hang it.
You can even put other paper products like cards, gifts tags, and more in your bag to afford them the same level of protection.
Safely stack ornaments by using red plastic cups
Dumping a bunch of glass holiday decorations on top of each other in a box is a recipe for some to get crushed under the weight of others.
To help keep your storage container organized and your decorations safe, put your items in red plastic cups before placing them into storage. Doing this will offer your fragile decorations an extra layer of protection that will prevent breakage in the event that items shift over the course of the year.
Label storage containers based on your unpacking order
When you throw all of your holiday decorations into random boxes, you’re left trying to remember where you put your lights or other things you want to work with first when starting work on your holiday display.
Save yourself time and organize your decorations into containers based on the order that you want to use them.
Doing this will make it so you can easily access what you need imminently next year without the guesswork.
Wrapping Up Tips For Storing Holiday Decorations
Armed with our tips for storing holiday decorations, you’ll preserve the value of your lights, ornaments, and other essentials for years. You’ll also ensure that decorating next year will be low on pain and big on fun!
Now that our storage tips have your garage looking great on the inside, let’s talk about its outside. Specifically, its door
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Our team specializes in everything from residential garage doors to commercial commercial doors and beyond.
Let us provide you with the outstanding service that so many of our customers have come to love over the years.
Contact us today about any of your garage’s needs and let our team help you get the most out of your space!