Storing Holiday Decorations

shutterstock_348812435Happy 2016!!!  Christmas is over and now it’s time for resolutions, renewal, and reorganization: meaning that the decorations have to be removed and stored away for next year.  Do I hear a collective groan??? Believe me, I feel your pain.  This can be the worst part of the Christmas season…or, you can make it easy on yourself by making your first resolution the rental a 5’x5 or 5’x10’ temperature controlled and dehumidified self-storage unit.

Moisture can attack your stored items if they are not stored in a climate controlled space. If you store your decorations in the basement, garage or on any other concrete surface, those areas are generally damp. Concrete holds moisture and is generally never 100% dry. Use plastic storage containers with tight seals to prevent moisture from damaging your decorations.

Even if your decorations are not expensive, they are irreplaceable to you:  the bride and groom ornament that you received for your first Christmas, the sand dollar from your favorite beach vacation spot, or the sweet construction paper ornaments that your children made especially for you.  No amount of money will ever replace these things.  That’s why you want to pack them away safely and keep them in a unit that will protect them from temperature extremes and humidity.  You can even store your Christmas linens, carefully packed in tissue paper left over from all of those Christmas gifts, and know that they are protected from mold and mildew damage.

Before you start packing those holiday treasures back into boxes, I recommend plastic bins for better protection, Separate them into categories and label them.  For example, indoor, outdoor, kid’s rooms, stairs, etc.  If you’re storing garland that you decorate with ribbon, lights, and ornaments, store those items together so that next year you can decorate one area at a time without having to empty all of your boxes.

Speaking of packing, to maximize your storage space you might want to shop the winter storage event at Home Depot. Using their ornament storage boxes, shelving, and totes to organize your storage unit would convert your chaos into calm. And, by the way, most storage items are on sale until the end of the month.  If you’re more of an “online” shopper, check out the unique storage items at Solutions.com (20% off through February 1).  I love the Christmas light storage bags!

So, we’ve mastered the fundamentals.  Your next question is undoubtedly, “How am I going to get all of this stuff to my storage unit without making 10 trips?”  You’re in luck!! LockTite Storage offers free truck or trailer usage with any unit rental.  You could probably even move and store your Christmas tree without having to disassemble it. You can purchase tree storage bags at Solutions.com. What a timesaver!

If you’re looking for the convenience of using your neighborhood self-storage property, you’ll need only a 5’x5′ or 5’x10′ space.  With 8′ or 9′ ceilings you’ll have a lot of stacking space and room to store that tall Christmas tree.  To find your local LockTite Storage property, visit our Locations page.

Now, if only the rest of your resolutions could be this easy!