When the excitement of Christmas is over, most people just toss away their various decorations into whatever boxes they’re able to fit them in. Granted, this isn’t exactly ideal, and your décor will have a much shorter lifespan as a result.
If you’d like to keep your Christmas decorations preserved for many years to come, here is the proper way to store them.
Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree – Where Should I Best Put Thee?
If you’re using an artificial tree, they do come with a handy dandy box, but that doesn’t mean that’s the best place to keep them throughout the rest of the year. Those boxes easily deteriorate over time, and aren’t the greatest at keeping out the elements, or little pests. Instead, there are commercially available Christmas tree bags and boxes that are specifically made for this purpose.
You should know that the same doesn’t hold true for Christmas ornaments, however. If they came with a box that keeps them nicely separated, you should keep the box, and place it with others inside of a larger weatherproof box.
Christmas Candles Can Be Used for More than One Year
If you don’t use up all of your Christmas candles, you’re in luck – you can get more life out of them the next year if you wrap them properly in cellophane, knee-high stockings or old socks. You’ll want to make sure to keep your stored candles away from any heat sources for obvious reasons.
Keeping Christmas Lights Untangled
Don’t you dare just toss all of your Christmas lights as a tangled mess into some random box or bag. You might tell yourself that you’ll just untangle them next year, but you’ll undoubtedly regret it… just like you do every year. Instead, just take a moment to wrap them around an object, like a Pringles or coffee can, or even any random cardboard pieces you might have laying around.
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Label, Label and Then Label Some More
One of the best tips we can give you is to make sure that you take the time to label what you’re packing. This way you’ll be able to very quickly get to what you need without dragging out every Christmas decoration you’ve purchased in the past few decades. When you’re ready to start trimming the tree with that one special, favorite ornament you’ve always had, you’ll know exactly where to find it.