As the holiday season comes to an end, it’s time to start thinking about what to do with your decorations during the off-season.
Ensure your decorations are ready to reuse next year with these care and storage tips.
1. String Lights
Proper string lights storage can help homeowners avoid the hassle of detangling wires the following year. Use the following items to prepare your string lights for storage:
- Cardboard. Cut grooves into each end of a cardboard piece and wind the lights around them.
- Light Reels. Wrap wires around a light reel to prevent them from tangling.
- Newspaper. For added protection, consider wrapping string lights in newspaper to prevent bulbs from breaking.
- Zip Ties. Use zip ties to secure wires in a loop or around a light reel.
Ornaments come in various shapes, and sizes and can be fragile. Reduce the risk of damaging ornaments:
- Pack in sturdy boxes. Boxes should be small enough to prevent items from shifting in transport.
- Add a layer of cushioning. Safeguard fragile pieces when storing in boxes or bins with packing peanuts or paper.
- Keep original packaging. Save original packaging that is designed to safely hold specific ornaments.
- Utilize empty egg cartons. Place one smaller ornament in each egg compartment.
3. Artificial Trees
- Avoid storing in direct sunlight. Exposure to sunlight may cause discoloration or melting of plastic components.
- Remove holiday décor. As mentioned above, ornaments and string lights can break if not stored in boxes with proper packing.
- Take apart layers before storing. Separating each section of the tree can make transportation easier.
Larger trees may be a hassle to transport. Consider utilizing a storage facility with valet services to ensure safe transportation of your valuables.
4. Wreaths and Garlands
Similar to artificial trees, homeowners can extend the lives of wreaths and garlands with proper care and storage. Exposure to severe weather conditions, such as wind, excessive sunlight or storms may fade or damage your wreath. However, homeowners can preserve their décor by using:
- Hooks to hang wreaths in storage.
- A climate-controlled storage unit.
- Tissue paper to preserve bow’s shape.
Candles can easily melt or warp if not kept in optimal conditions. For proper storage, ensure that candles are:
- Stored in dark, dry and temperate conditions (Between 50°F and 85 °F) in a climate-controlled storage unit. Extreme heat or direct sunlight may result in candle melting or discoloration while freezing conditions may result in cracking.
- Individually wrapped. Safeguard wax from scratching or denting caused by other candles.
- Stored in closed Ziploc bags. Preserve the scent of candles in long-term storage.
Decorating for the holidays should be a fun and painless experience. Ensure your decorations are ready to reuse each year by properly preparing them for yearlong storage.
How do you preserve your holiday decorations for reuse? Share in the comment section below!
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