Now that the holiday season has come to an end, you’re no longer busy cooking huge meals, buying gifts or attending parties. This is the perfect time to take down and put away your Christmas decorations. All it takes are some easy techniques for your decorations to be packed and unpacked easily. First on the list is to find a safe A-American Self Storage location that will protect your seasonal décor from southwestern California’s rainy, humid winters.
1. Many people use artificial Christmas trees in the El Cajon, CA area. If you have one, you can save time by storing it still fully-assembled. Be sure to keep the tree in a bag that shields it from moisture and pests. Alternately, you could take it apart to conserve space and transport it more easily. Keep the pieces in a sealed plastic container for maximum protection.
2. Next, wrap up any reusable wreaths and put them in a safe place where they will not be crushed or flattened. Bob Vila recommends using a high-quality trash bag to store this decoration. Opaque plastic offers better protection from sunlight. Remember to label bags and note if they contain fragile items. Wreaths with natural materials will need a small amount of ventilation.
3. To prevent breakage, glass ornaments must be packed carefully. Consider putting them in a specially designed cardboard box with dividers. Wrap these ornaments in tissue paper, especially if they’re antique or rare. You can put plastic or metal items in regular boxes and protect them with old newspaper pages. Keep in mind that high humidity levels may harm some sensitive types of ornaments.
4. Most homes contain at least a few tabletop decorations, such as nutcrackers, ceramic Christmas trees or holiday napkin holders. Before you store these items, be sure to wrap them in a soft material. Don’t forget to fill any hollow parts with bubble wrap or packing peanuts. Put the decorations in labeled cardboard boxes and thoroughly seal them with tape.
5. After you remove holiday lights from a tree or fence, take precautions to prevent tangling and moisture damage. Martha Stewart suggests wrapping strings of lights around cardboard strips. Next, place them inside sealed food storage bags and put each bag in a box or bin. Remember to keep any spare bulbs in the same container.
Attics and cellars often expose possessions to excessive heat or humidity. Closets provide a safer option, but many homes don’t have enough extra space for Christmas decorations. When you need to put away your tree and ornaments, contact your local A-American storage facility. By utilizing storage space, your home will be full of holiday spirit instead of clutter.