How to pack up your Holiday Decorations!
Christmas time is like unpacking and then repacking all over again in a matter of weeks. We have compiled a list of a few great tips to keep your holiday decorations hassle free and safe for the next year. Lets keep your lights tangle free and your favorite ordainments in one piece.
1. Get the right box for the job.
Yes, it is just like moving! You can not shove your nativity scene into a small box stacked with no protection and expect it to come out next year shatter free. Boxes with dividers will be your best friend. Get long flat boxes with plastic dividers so that every ordainment has its own place. If you are worried about your fragile ones breaking, cut tissue paper into squares and place them in the dividers before putting the ordainments in.
Money saving tip: Shop the after Christmas clearance sales to find great deals on tissue papers and boxes. However, if you want lots of options your best bet is to get your supplies during or around black Friday. The container store is my favorite for supplies!
2. Sort and upgrade as you pack.
If you are holding onto ordainments you don’t like or that are super old toss them. There is no need to continue to hold and store Christmas items that never make it to the tree. Some ordainments you will keep forever. However, the plastic hot pink balls you bought for the first Christmas with your college roommate probably not a collector’s item. You can replace them at Christmas sales or simply purchase new ones next year so you don’t have to store brand new ordainments for another 11 months.
3. Pack lights properly.
It is best to pack lights in the original box they came in. If you don’t have the original box take a piece of cardboard slightly smaller then the box you are storing them in and wrap the lights around it. This will prevent them from getting tangled. Places like Wal-Mart and Target also sell light reels these will help keep your lights in order if you don’t want to DIY. Make sure to store lights in a sturdy box with a top so that your bulbs don’t get shattered.
4. Label everything!
This is important! If your family is like me we like to change up our tree and do a different theme every year. We label all of our boxes so that when we go to the storage unit and pick our items we don’t have to pull every box out in order to see what is in every box. It will make your life much easier! This also helps when packing because everything has its place.
5. First in, last out.
It is a fundamental packing rule to store the things you need first, last. When you are putting things away make sure to think about the way in which you decorate your house. If you always decorate the tree first, then don’t do the rest until the week before Christmas. You need to pack your lights and ordainments last. Pack your stalking’s, outdoor lights and yard décor first and then everything else after.
Home is wherever you are,