Once the holiday season is over, it can be easy to grab a box and start putting everything in it until next year. However, if you don't take certain precautions, lights can become tangled, Christmas tree ornaments break and holiday cards crushed. In order to preserve the holiday decorations so they can be used year after year there are certain steps that should be taken before putting them in your storage unit.
Below is a guide on how to store away your holiday decorations so they remain in pristine condition:
Label and put together a holiday toolkit using a small shoe box or gift box. The toolkit is equipped with all the necessary items to repair or replace damaged holiday decorations. Consider filling the toolkit with your ornament hooks, ribbons, cords, twist ties, scissors and extra holiday lights. It can also be used to store other small miscellaneous holiday decoration items that could be easily lost.
Open First Box
There should be a box filled with items that you need immediately for the holiday season. When you put this box in your storage unit, consider labeling it has the "open first" box. This box should include the items you will need during the onset of the holiday season such as cookie cutters, baking dishes and other decorative china labeled to be opened first. When you store the holiday decorations in your self storage unit, you should keep this box where it is easily accessible so you can locate it and take it earlier than the other items.
Safe Decorations Box
When there are small children or pets in the house, it may be advantageous to separate the fragile decorations from the safer, child-friendly items. The children can help you fill and remove the holiday decorations from this box. The safe decorations box should contain items such as the skirt to the Christmas tree, ribbons, bows and holiday stockings. Consider also including holiday toys and books that are age-appropriate for the children that they can enjoy as well.
Before storing away the holiday lights, look them over thoroughly to determine if any of the bulbs are broken or burned out. It may be advantageous to replace them before taking them to storage to ensure they are ready for use immediately next holiday season. Holiday lights should be wound around cardboard so that the wires do not get tangled and knotted up. If you don't have any extra cardboard, you should gather the string of lights together, separated into sections and tied with a twist tie.
If you follow the steps in this guide it will save you a lot of anguish and stress when you get ready to remove your holiday decorations next season. To learn more, contact a company like Lowest Cost Storage Guaranteed with any questions you have.