With the festive season in full swing, a couple of my clients reached out to ask me how to best store their seasonal decor.
As the years come and go, it’s normal to accumulate a lot of decorations and at the end of each occasion, rather than simply throwing everything in a box, I always try to use the right storage solutions to keep them safe for next year.
In this article, I thought I would share my advice with everyone who might be wondering how to do the same.
First, there are a few things to keep in mind:
for the items you only use once a year or for very short periods of time, my best advice is to store it away first to make space for decorations used more frequently.
most decor keeps best when stored away from any source of moisture or direct sunlight.
store your things away but don’t make it impossible to reach. The holidays are busy and this simple tip will save you a lot of time & frustration
Now that we covered the basics, here’s my 4 step system for storing your holiday decor.
Step 1 – After the Holiday/event Declutter Your Decorations
Before we can pack and put things away, it’s a good idea to consider what items can be decluttered.
I suggest pulling out any broken ornaments or other decorations you haven’t used in the past couple of years and don’t plan on using again. If these items are still in good condition, you can donate them so others can enjoy them.
Step 2 – Group Items by Season/occasion
This helps you to easily find what you need when you need it. Depending on the size of your collection, I suggest you store each season/occasion in a separate box or bin or drawer.
So far, I have boxes for Halloween, Christmas, Mid-Autumn Festival and New Years.
Step 3 – Pack Items Securely
Once you have everything grouped together it’s time to secure everything in your storage container(s).
Do not pack them super tight because upon unpacking they could break. I suggest using bubble wrap, packing peanuts, egg cartons etc. to keep things in place while still allowing air around your decorations.
Step 4 – Label Each Container
Label each container so you can easily find what you are looking for and keep things in order year after year.
You can make your labels by hand or print them out on a label printer like the one I recommended in this post.
My son and I like to get creative and add a little decoration or symbol to help us identify each box. I find this little festive touch contributes to the enjoyment of the holidays and decorating as a whole.
Now that we covered my 4 simple steps for storing your holiday decor, I’d like to hear your best tips and tricks! Send me a message @bless_the_mess_ I’d love to share your advice with my community.
Happy Holidays everyone!
My name is Christina and I am a professional organizer living in Shanghai. My passion for organizing started at a young age and has only continued to grow stronger over time.