4 Pro Tips to UN-Deck the Halls After the Holidays

4 Pro Tips to UN-Deck the Halls After the Holidays
The holiday season is a whirlwind of joy, festivities, and enough decorations to make your home look like Santa's workshop exploded. Now that it is all over you are left with the daunting task of packing up and storing those holiday treasures for the next year. Don’t worry, we have the ultimate guide to safely stashing away your holiday cheer until next year.

1. Wrapping Delicates

Much like a snowflake, each special heirloom, antique, and handmade ornament is unique and requires careful handling. Wrap fragile ornaments in acid free tissue paper or bubble wrap to shield them from the bumps and jostles of moving them to storage. Egg cartons make excellent containers for small and delicate ornaments, providing a snug and secure space for each precious bauble. Some grocery stores will let you have their fruit boxes with dividers that are great for storing multiples of round glass ornaments.

2. Detangle Lighting

Christmas lights are the stars of every holiday display. But when it comes to storing them, patience now for an easier time later is key. Avoid the tangled mess next year by taking the time now to use pieces of cardboard to wrap each individual strand of lights around. This not only keeps them organized but also prevents unnecessary frustration come next holiday season.

3. Keeping Pests Away

The last thing you want is to open your holiday storage bin to find a family of mice enjoying a festive feast. To keep them at bay, choose storage containers, as opposed to cardboard boxes, and make sure they have tight-fitting lids. Adding a few cedar blocks or lavender sachets can also deter unwanted guests from gnawing on your precious heirloom decorations like tree skirts and grandma’s angel tree topper.

4. Extreme Temperatures Control

While you might dream of a white Christmas, some of your decorations won’t fare well in extreme temperatures. Avoid storing decorations in attics, garages, or even basements that are prone to temperature fluctuations. Instead, opt for a cool, dry place like a closet or a climate controlled self-storage unit.
Items with delicate fabrics or materials, like vintage ornaments and handmade crafts, may benefit from extra care and a climate-controlled environment. Candles, fabrics, and electronics are also especially susceptible to heat and humidity. Even decoration with glue can become brittle in extreme heat. Also, for safety’s sake be sure to bid farewell to any decorations with loose or exposed wires. As you pack away the festive flair for another year, if you find that you’ve added more tubs than your shelves can handle, or somehow magically have less space, consider Sixty5 Self Storage. We can help you keep all of your holiday decorations organized, easily accessible, and safe and intact. Call or stop by Sixty5 Self Storage to talk through the best option for you. Or start by clicking here and checking available unit sizes and prices. We’re here for you now to help make your next holiday season as joyous as possible.