The holidays are a time of cheer for many people throughout the world. However, the joy of the season ends when you have to find a convenient way to store all of your decorations. To create a more pleasant transition from happy holidays to the rest of winter, you might just need to get organized. Consider some of these creative storage ideas to make the decoration take-down process just as fun as set up.
Use Specialized Boxes
One of the biggest problems when it comes to Christmas decoration storage is that many of the items tend to be fragile. This is especially true of ornaments. If you own a large number of breakable ornaments, then you may want to invest in a specialized box to store them. These boxes feature compartments for each bauble so that they won’t break. Your ornaments will be protected even when you need to transport them from one place to another. Putting several levels of compartments in one box will help you to store many trinkets safely in a small area. With these boxes, ornament storage is a breeze.
Recycle Objects from Around your House
If you don’t have the means to purchase special storage equipment, or you just want to be a bit more friendly to Mother Earth, then you must consider these storage techniques. Don’t throw out things you probably already have lying around the house. Instead, put them to good use in managing your holiday decoration collection.
- Egg Cartons
- Egg cartons are perfect for storing small baubles that would easily get broken otherwise. Just place a bulb in each slot where you would have put an egg, and you are good to go. Additionally, egg cartons can be easily stacked on top of each other and placed in a larger box.
- Water Bottles
- Empty plastic water bottles can serve as the perfect storage container for strings of beads or garland. These bottles ensure that the contents do not become tangled. Additionally, you can throw many bottles into a larger box or container to enhance the organized storage capacity of each box.
- The next time you purchase a new pair of shoes, don’t just throw away that box. Instead, keep it and use it to store any small trinkets that may not have a home anywhere else. You could even consider holding on to the tissue paper and padding that often protects the shoes. Wrap your knick-knacks in this tissue to keep them safe.
All three of these options will help you to wrangle your decorations without spending an extra penny. Look around your home: is there anything that you’re not using that can keep your ornaments safe in your garage or attic?
Shrink-wrap your Christmas Tree
The Christmas tree is usually the largest holiday decoration in most homes. Its size makes it especially difficult to store. If you opt to use the same fake tree each year, consider shrink-wrapping it once the festivities are over. This technique will reduce the overall volume of the tree. It will also keep its branches protected throughout the year. Once the tree is cocooned, you may even be able to slip it in the back corner of your closet or underneath your bed.
Alternatively, you can use a proper tree keeper bag to store your Christmas tree safely. These bags come in different sizes, so you’re sure to find one that will fit your tree. They keep your tree protected and prevent deforms, helping ensure that you can reuse the same lovely Christmas tree for years to come.
Even if you live in a tiny studio apartment, you still deserve to let your holiday spirit shine through. Even though you might not have all the space in the world, that doesn’t mean that a little ingenuity can’t help you hold onto all your precious Christmas and holiday decorations. Hopefully, the above tips will help you keep both your decorations and your spirit intact long after the season has passed.