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Quick Guide: storing Christmas decorations

Decorating the house for Christmas to create a cosy winter wonderland is one of the best things about December… and one of the worst things about January is taking it all down again!

While this will never be as warm and fuzzy as putting them up, packing away the decorations doesn’t have to be the worst job in the world with some prior planning. With our top tips, it’ll be done in no time, ready for Christmas 2019.

1. Before you start

If you’ve got everything just how you want it this year, take photos of how your displays look. A year is a long time to remember where everything has been lovingly placed, so upload a photo to your computer, Cloud storage or print one off.

2. Be transparent

It can take ages to get going on putting the decorations up when you have no idea what is in each box, so opt for clear containers to easily get a jump on throwing some sparkle around the house!

An additional help is to label each box just in case, particularly if you choose to sort by room and there are several different types of decoration in there.

3. ‘Sprucing’ up the living room

It’s always sad to see the Christmas tree packed away but the melancholy can be lessened by purchasing a dedicated box to keep it in tree-mendous condition. The cardboard box the tree came in will soon begin to deteriorate and they can suffer from insect infestation. There are also convenient tree bags with wheels and strong storage bags for large trees.

4. Storing Christmas tree decorations…

Lots of people purchase┬ádedicated┬ácontainers to keep their smaller ornaments safely stored, but if you don’t have one of these, you can create your own buy using an egg carton lined with tissue paper or cotton wool.

5. … and larger ornaments

Don’t cram large ornaments into small boxes or bury them in bags at the bottom of boxes; they’re too precious to see smashed. For larger or awkwardly shaped ornaments, use fabric tote/shopping bags and hang from the back of a door or inside a wardrobe.

6. Fairy lights

Wrap lights around a piece of cardboard or a hanger so they won’t get tangled, and write where the lights belong on the cardboard. This is a great way to recycle the cardboard boxes that are part of each Christmas.

7. Candles

Candles are more delicate than we realise. They’re very vulnerable to being scratched, so wrap candles in old socks or knee-high stockings. Cellophane can also prevent any colour transfer. Avoid using plastic wrap and wax paper because they can easily stick to the candle when they get warm, and definitely ensure they’re stored away from anything warm where they’ll melt!

8. Wreaths

A suit bag or a bin bag and a hanger is all you need here! Use a cable tie or string to hang the wreath around the hook of the hanger, and cover with the bag. You can then hang your wreaths in a storage closet or on a rack for squish-free safe-keeping.

9. Blasted beads!

It is so infuriating when long strings of beads get twisted around all of your holiday decorations. Prevent that mishap by storing them in a plastic water bottle or a tennis ball container!

10. Christmas linens

To protect stockings, tablecloths, cushions and tree skirts, plastic vacuum-sealable bags are the best option. They’ll be protected from bugs and dust, and they’ll fluff right back up as good as new when you open the bag up next year.

Packing away for Christmas 2019 needn’t be as depressing as it seems; you may even get some great inspiration to organise other areas of your life!

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