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Christmas Décor Storing Options

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When the holiday season ends and the Christmas tree is taken down, many are usually left with a pile of decorations that require storage for the next few months. While it’s easy to just stuff them all in boxes and leave them in the garage or attic, doing so can cause tangles and breakages that will make decorating for the next holiday season a chore. Besides, some décor pieces are passed down to younger generations and it is your responsibility to keep them intact and beautiful for the years to come. Here are a few tips you can try when storing your holiday décor:

Storage Space & Containers

Assess the storage space you have and take note of the area where the decorations will be placed. Whether it be the garage, basement, or attic, it’s important to be familiar with the conditions of the area and if there may be chances of the boxes falling or getting wet. Use this information as a guide when selecting the type of containers you need. While boxes are convenient and readily available, well-made plastic containers with a good sealed cover protect your Christmas decorations from temperature changes throughout the year. Ensure you have prepared enough storage space since you don’t want to tightly pack ornaments and lights together. Balsam Hill has a wide variety of ornament and tree storage items that will make storing your Christmas decorations a breeze.

Grouping Items Together

Take a quick inventory of your décor items and group them according to their usage and where they are located in a room. For example, you may want to place tree ornaments together in a single box, while the wreaths and garlands that hang around the home can be placed in a separate one. This way, decorating for next year’s holiday season will be a cinch.


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Wrapping & Labels

Since ornaments are generally more prone to breakage, take time to wrap them individually in newspapers. For more fragile items, use bubble wrap. You may want to wrap each tree ornament separately before packing them loosely together in a thick cover of bubble wrap. Label them accordingly so they will be easy to distinguish from one another.

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Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Post- Holiday Cleanup Guide

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Celebrating the holidays is always a wonderful time for everyone. But now that you’re done with shopping, decorating, and entertaining guests, you’re faced with the truth: time for cleanup. Here’s a simple guide on how to go about it wisely.

  1. Set the date. Scheduling your cleaning day keeps you focused as it pushes you to set aside other things.
  2. Check the trash pick-up schedule in your area. It’s best to schedule cleaning one or two days before the trash pick-up. This saves you from having to keep all the mess, while waiting for the garbage collector.
  3. Start with your storage. While this might sound unusual, I believe it’s important to have storage space ready before tending to other parts of the house. Otherwise, you end up with no room for decors and other objects you don’t really want to dispose. Worse, your valued ornaments might suffer from breakage.
  4. One room at a time. It will be easier if you concentrate on one room before moving on to the next. If you have a multi-level house, start from the top-most floor and work on your way down.
  5. Segregate your trash. It would be helpful to prepare bins or plastic bags where you can just throw in your garbage. If you’re using a real Christmas tree, dispose of it properly by placing it inside a plastic tree bag before bringing it out. If it’s an artificial tree, disassemble it, make sure it’s clean, and keep it in a storage bag.
  6. Clean your ornaments before storing them. Use a white cloth or soft cleaning rag to wipe the dust off the ornaments. This will help you save time when preparing for the next season.
  7. Wrap your lights securely to avoid damage. When wrapping lights, keep them away from dust and heavy objects. Wrap individual strings in separate plastic bags or newspaper to keep them from being entangled and place them in a hard or cardboard box.
  8. Label your containers. Proper labeling makes it easy for you to find decors for specific occasions. You might want to make a list of things you keep in the storage.

A systematic post-holiday cleanup will cut down your working time in half. It’s a practical approach to getting rid of things you won’t need for the next season.