Holiday decorating can go from fun to frustrating in no time flat. And putting it all away can be a lot of work. To help you get it done, we’ve gathered a few clever storage solutions and some pro organizational tips. By using seasonal storage, the garage stays clean and organized. Declutter your home with a secure self storage unit.
By taking the time to stow decorations properly after the busy holiday season passes, next year will be easier. Keep reading to see how to store fragile holiday items and save yourself a few headaches (untangling! dusting!) next holiday season, too.
Artificial Tree Storage
Artificial trees can last years and years with the proper care. Think about the weight of the tree before determining where to store it. Most artificial trees are too heavy to wrestle into a trap-door attic or lug up a set of stairs. Consider storing the tree on the same floor as it is used, perhaps in an adjacent garage, storage room or closet. Large trees can occupy a lot of space and are perfect for sending to your self storage unit. A rolling case is a great option for easy moving. If you have the space, you can really save time next year by storing your tree without dismantling it.
Tangle-Free Seasonal Light Storage
In a battle to untangle a wad of holiday lights, the lights will almost always win. A quick tip is to use a piece of masking tape and a permanent marker to label each strand. Your note can indicate how long it is or where it was used for easy replacement next year.
Once that’s taken care of, wrap the stands securely to prevent bulb breakage and tangling. A convenient case provides 2 reels inside of an insulated, zippered bag. Each reel holds up to 100 feet of lights and the removable spools make it safe and easy to maneuver around your tree or entry garland when relighting.
Ornament Storage Chest
Ornament containers designed with layers that also prevent movement are best. Include handles for easy access to each layer and plenty of padding. Use tray dividers that can be reconfigured to accommodate ornaments of just about any size.
Wrapping Paper Storage
If you can’t devote a small permanent area to crafts and gift preparations, put all your wrapping paper into an under-the-bed or hanging storage system. No room under the bed? Hang an organizer in a guest room closet. Space-saving options for closets protect folded wrapping paper sheets, tissue paper, greeting cards, gift tags, and bags.
Holiday Villages and Collectible Storage Case
Villages should be stored in one or two cases or tubs by packing the buildings in first, then placing any snow, ground, landscaping or lighting on the top so that you can open the tub and immediately begin building next year. If you pack your containers with what you’ll need first on top, you can unpack and decorate as you go along instead of having to unload an entire case before getting started. Makes sense since this also puts heavier items toward the bottom and lighter components above.
Tarnish-Proof Silver Ornaments and Flatware
Store your silver with care and save yourself loads of polishing next year. Pouches made entirely of tarnish-preventing cloth are available and can be custom made. You can also put 3M Anti-Tarnish Strips into a sealed enclosure along with metal items to keep them shiny for next year. Or you can, modify a container you already have by picking up a roll of Pacific Silvercloth and making your own custom lining.
Hooks, Hangers, and Other Small Things Case
Having a few extra ornament hangers, twist ties and Zip ties on hand never hurts. This customizable 5-compartment storage case for your holiday small parts isn’t a bad idea. A case with adjustable dividers to accommodate any of your holiday decorating small parts, like those metal hooks you usually find scattered at the bottom of your ornament boxes.
Stacking Ribbon Dispenser Box
This case features adjustable interior dividers to hold ribbon spools if various widths. The case will keep your trimmings pristine and wrinkle-free, while making it easy for you to see what you have left over from last season. You can also opt to keep these out for use on birthday packages throughout the year, as side openings make the container a nifty dispenser, too.
Crush-Proof Wreath Case
Fragile wreaths of dried berries and twigs could make it another year if they’re stored carefully. Meanwhile, artificial wreaths can stay decorated and fluffy for next year. If your wreath is particularly large or heavily decorated, consider wrapping it loosely in plastic and securely storing it in your seasonal storage unit. Crush-proof containers can be stacked safely.
Stash Tree Skirts, Tablecloths, and Other Seasonal Linens
Keep your holiday tablecloths and heirloom tree skirt safe from moisture, mold, moths, and dust by storing them in a vacuum-storage bag. Sure, the airtight space-savers are meant to compress up to 10 garments, but no reason you can’t fold and hang clean seasonal linens, including plush winter throws, too. Next year, you’ll unseal items that are as fresh as they were the day you stored them.
Self Storage Units
You’ve packed your holiday away into containers. Now what? Sort and label decorations into a few categories, like indoor and outdoor so that you can decorate without having to empty all your boxes at once.
Then, stow your seasonal items at Providence Self storage, so you won’t be tripping over them to get to your lawn mower and bikes in the summer.
ABOUT PROVIDENCE SELF STORAGE
Providence Self Storage is a family owned and operated self-storage and truck rental business. Our facility was built on a tract of property that was family held since 1934, and we are the third-generation owners.
We offer a safe, clean, and well-maintained facility which is fully fenced, gated and under twenty-four-hour video surveillance. Our facility provides standard drive-up units from 5×5 to 15×40 as well as temperature-controlled units from 5×5 to 10×20, all located on one floor for easy access. We are also an agent for Penske, the industry leader in rental trucks.
When you contact Providence Self Storage, you are dealing with one of the facility owners, not an employee which you are likely to find in one of the big box storage companies.
We provide a solution for your personal and business storage situations, as well as rental truck needs and moving and packing supplies.
Our facility is conveniently located minutes from the Oaks Exit of Route 422 in Upper Providence Township, serving Phoenixville, Oaks, Mont Clare, Collegeville and surrounding areas of Montgomery and Chester counties, in SE Pennsylvania.