Safely pack away treasured trinkets for next year
When the leftover turkey has finally been eaten and your Christmas jumper is once again at the back of the wardrobe, you know that Christmas is over and it's time to pack away the decorations.
While this will never be as joyful as putting them up, packing away the decorations doesn't have to be the worst job in the world. With our clever storage solutions and some quick tips, it'll be done in no time at all and be neatly packed away, ready for Christmas 2017.
Tools & materials required
How to pack away Christmas decorations
You might need:
- Plastic storage boxes
- Shelving units - if choosing to store in a garage or shed
- Packing tape
- A pair of scissors
- A marker pen
Take a photo of how your room looks this year. Chances are, you’ll want to replicate it again next year and it can be frustrating wondering how you managed to fit all your Christmas decorations in, especially as it’ll be another 12 months until you do it again. Take pictures of your mantelpiece, complete with garlands, your Christmas tree and even your Christmas table.
Until next time
As you take down your decorations, take stock of what you have and decide what you’d like to keep. Have any decorations suffered over the festive season and now look a little too worn for next year? If so, see if they can be recycled or re-used before throwing them out.
Consider whether any of your festive favourites could still be enjoyed beyond the holidays for a warm and inviting feeling all year long. Perhaps those twinkling string lights could be used outside in summer or to add sparkle to a fireplace?
Make a note
Compile a list of everything you have from tinsel, baubles and wreaths to fun Christmas cushions, novelty decorations and outdoor lights. By making this list you’ll know exactly what you have so you won’t have to worry about duplicating anything next year. Attach it to the inner lid of one of your storage boxes so you can quickly grab it.
It's a good idea to note down anything you'll need for next year to make shopping easier for Christmas 2017.
Organise your decorations into types and store them in these groups. This might be based on colour or room. We recommend packing all tree decorations, from the skirt to the star on top, together to save time trimming the tree next time around.
Wrap strings of lights around pieces of cardboard to make sure they don’t get tangled and label them ‘indoor’ and ‘outdoor’, depending on where they go.
Using a permanent marker, write what’s stored inside on the lid of each box, that way you’ll be able to find all your Christmas decorations at a glance next year.
Store your decorations in lidded, plastic boxes. They’re ideal for keeping your items clean and dry wherever they’re stored, and with our Flexi-Store range, you can choose from eight different sizes of plastic box to suit your storage needs. Mix and match coloured lids to help to make organisation easy.
For any particularly heavy items, such as garlands, there’s our Ultra Tough Flexi-Store option.
A Christmas tree is the centre of your festive decorations so it seems only fair that we have a couple of storage solutions specifically designed for our artificial trees. Our tree storage bag is a great way to keep your tree protected while it's tucked away for 11 months.
We also have plastic storage boxes to fit artificial Christmas trees, so there's no excuse for a flat and tired appearance when you put it up next year.
Cut squares from bubble wrap or protective packaging to wrap delicate baubles and sentimental decorations. Not only will this help to keep them safe, it's a great way to recycle packaging from gifts you received or purchased this year.
Store it away
Now all that's left to do is just to pack away the boxes (taking care at all times if you're using a ladder to access your loft) and start counting down the days to Christmas 2017.