Decorating for the holidays is often a fun and exciting activity that families look forward to every year. However, it can also be a daunting task to shop for everything and to put decorations up around the home. To save time and money, many families decorate every year by keeping their Christmas ornaments and reusing them when the holiday season comes again. To save decorations correctly, there are some useful tips and tricks for Christmas and holiday storage. See the 10 ways to properly store away Christmas decorations in order to preserve your holiday trinkets, make them easy to transport, and keep them bright and fresh for years to come.
1. Storing Christmas Linens
Before storing linens, it’s important to clean them, as stains oxidize over time. One way to store your holiday linens is in a suitcase to keep away the risk of moisture damage. You can also keep your Christmas towels, rugs, and blankets on an unused shelf in your linen or personal closet. To keep away moths and keep your linen smelling wonderful, you can put one or two lavender scented dryer sheets between the linens. Although this method of storage takes up space in your home, it will prevent linens from developing stains, poor scents, holes, and other nasty surprises when they are pulled out the following year. Remember to also never store Christmas linens in a garage, attic, or place that isn’t climate controlled.
Keep wood pulp such as tissue paper, newsprint, and cardboard away from linen because it releases gases that ruin the fabric and turn it yellow. Remove objects such as labels, tags, and safety pins that can also discolor and damage the linen. You should also be aware of certain materials such as plastic, masking tape, and hangers, all of which can release gases or degrade into materials that make linen sticky or rusty.
2. Storing Christmas Wreaths
Containers that you use to store your Christmas wreaths must be able to preserve its shape throughout the year. Many storage methods smash or damage wreaths—especially attachments like extra bows and decor. Look for wreath storage that is large enough to truly preserve the shape and ornaments of the item so that it will be usable for years to come. You can also keep wreaths hung up in your closet with a closet organizer that holds several hangers. The wreaths will easily slide onto the rod, and this will prevent them from getting flat or ruined.