Christmas Decoration Storage
Well, the season is over. Christmas is done, and New Year’s has come and passed. By this point, you are probably looking to put it all away, to pack up the decorations and various pieces of your Christmas and store them for another year. Some quick tips on storing items follow.
Christmas Wreath Storage
First to look at are the wreaths. The main thing for wreaths is that they need to keep their shape. Therefore, they need to be stored in a container or box that will not put any pressure on the frame. Also, there is the matter of where to place them. Placing them on end is a bit unwieldy, and placing them flat is only ok if nothing else will be placed on top of them, which may be a hardship for storage space depending on the wreath size. Another possibility is storing the wreath in a bag to protect it from the elements, and then simply hanging it on the wall of your storage space. This takes up the least space and is also good for not overtly warping or changing the shape of the wreath.
Christmas Tree Storage
Christmas trees themselves are often one of the trickiest items to store. Although many people try to keep the cardboard box the tree originally came in, this carries a certain risk. While it is well suited to the size of the tree in question, having once contained it, cardboard isn’t the longest lasting of materials. The box is likely to slowly deteriorate, slowly exposing the tree to the elements and anything else that might damage it, such as insects. As an alternative, we offer heavy duty Christmas tree storage bags for sale that are much more durable and reliable. If your tree has hinged branches, you want to first compress the flared branches back into a narrow configuration and then fold them up, starting from the top, to get it into the thinnest possible shape to put away. Trees with removable branches should be stacked in storage with the largest branches on the bottom so as to make as much use of the space as possible. Finally, whether in box or bag, the tree should be laid flat in storage, rather than on its end, so as to not shift the materials inside too much. Flocked trees should not be stored in hot conditions as it may cause yellowing of the flocking.
Christmas Ornament Storage
Ornaments and other small figurines should be stored in safe boxes. We have ornament boxes available for sale that allow them to be individually compartmentalized for maximum safety. But if you do not wish to use one of these containers, there are other options. Use a box that is filled with shredded newspaper or other soft filler to keep the ornaments from colliding with each other. Make sure that any boxes or other storage that will be placed on top of this box is not at risk of buckling the sides and crushing it.
Christmas Light Storage
Lights are a trickier subject when it comes to storage. Although they are relatively resilient except to crushing and can be stored in very small containers, this leads to the inevitable massive tangle that they will become by the next time you attempt to retrieve them. The problem lies with the long thin wires. Being so flexible, even if they are hardly moved there will be some shifting and repositioning, and to put it simply, it is so much easier for wires to become tangled than untangled by chance, sot the snarl rapidly is formed. There are ways around this, however. First, you never want to store multiple strings in a single bundle. The multiple strings are a perfect environment for snarls and knots. A few tricks suggested are as follows. Thread the lights through empty wrapping paper tubes. Wrap them around large squares of cardboard to keep them immobile. Within the box, place each set of lights in its own plastic bag. Any of these options will do a lot to keep your lights well organized and make the next time you need them a much simpler exercise.
In all examples of storage, an ounce of organization will go a great distance to improving the situation. The bags and boxes that Christmas Central offers are a good way to introduce a bit more of said organization into the situation, but many alternate options exist. Find the ones best for you today.