How To Store Your Holiday Decorations Safely

An artificial Christmas tree packed into a box along with a stocking with a snowman on it.

The holiday season is a magical time of year filled with holiday cheer, thoughtful gift giving, and festive decorations. Bright lights, shiny ornaments, and tinsel-lined trees fill your home with a joyful energy that builds stronger and stronger as you work through your advent calendar and get closer to the big day.

However, once the holiday season winds down and the new year begins, these decorations can take up quite a bit of space. To protect your things from damage and keep them organized for next year, it’s important you understand how to store your holiday decorations safely. This guide from the experts at Copper Safe Storage will help you pack your things properly and provide you with our best holiday decoration storage tips.

Clean and Inspect Your Things

Before you start packing away your decorations, clean and inspect all the items you plan to store. Dust off your ornaments, ensure your artificial Christmas tree is packed tight, and clean off other decorations as needed. This will help prevent dust and debris from accumulating and damaging your items while they’re in storage.

You should also check for any damaged items. If something is broken, it’s better to throw it away now rather than putting it off until next year. On the other hand, minor damages like loose parts, missing hooks, or small scratches can be fixed before going into storage so they’re in tip-top shape next year.

Pack Your Stuff Properly

To protect your holiday decorations from damage, you need to ensure they’re all packed properly. Utilize sturdy boxes or plastic bins that come equipped with tight-fitting lids. If you have fragile items like glass ornaments or ceramic figures, wrap them in Bubble Wrap or tissue paper before placing them in their holiday storage container.

Out of all our packing and storage tips, the most crucial is not to overpack any boxes you use. Make sure to leave some space for cushioning materials like packing peanuts, Bubble Wrap, or crumpled newspaper. For string lights, you can wrap them around cardboard pieces or plastic spools to prevent tangling. Remember, the goal is to keep your decorations safe and intact until the next holiday season, even if it takes a little extra time and effort now.

Declutter as You Go

Packing your things up for storage is the perfect opportunity to declutter. As you sort your belongings, decide what you want to keep and what you no longer need. You can donate lesser-used items or hand them down to family members or friends.

With each decoration, ask yourself whether you still love it, whether it fits with your current decor style, and whether it’s worth the space it would take up in storage. If the answer is no to any of these questions, consider donating or throwing out the item. In addition to saving you storage space, this also gives you room for new decorations next year.

A series of menorahs and Hanukkah decor items set on a shelf for storage

Label and Organize

As you pack your items into boxes and bins, label each container with what’s inside. Include key details like the type of items, such as ornaments and outdoor lights, and any special handling instructions like fragile or keep upright. You can also make an inventory list and sketch out the interior of your unit so you can easily retrieve any items you need down the road.

You should organize your boxes in a way that makes sense to you. You might group them by room, type of decoration, or how early in the season you’ll need them. A well-organized storage system will make it much easier for you to unpack your decorations when the holidays come around again. Our unit size guide can help you visualize the space you’re renting as you pack.

Invest in Climate-Controlled Storage

A series of menorahs and Hanukkah decor items set on a shelf for storage

When you put your holiday decorations away for the year, they’ll likely be left sitting through the spring and warm summer months. Extremely cold or hot temperatures and drastic changes in conditions can cause damage to the things you keep in holiday storage. If you’re not careful, this could potentially result in damage or destroyed items of sentimental value.

To provide your decorations with the best protection, rent a climate-controlled storage unit. These spaces are kept between a constant range of temperatures year-round to prevent fading, warping, discoloration, and more.

Rent Holiday Storage for Decorations From Copper Safe Storage

When you need a dependable place to store your holiday decorations, come to Copper Safe Storage. We operate self-storage facilities in more than 25 states across the country, with units available in various convenient sizes. With options for climate-controlled storage and flexible month-to-month leases, we’re an easy choice for anyone looking for holiday decoration storage.

Ready to get started? Find the closest storage facility to you to get the ball rolling! You can also explore our list of frequently asked questions for additional information.

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