Once the holiday season is over, it's time to pull down all of the decorations until next year. However, holiday decorations can take up a great deal of space within your home when they are not being used. If you want to free up some space, you may want to consider renting a self-storage unit to hold your holiday decorations until next year. Before moving all of your decorations into a storage unit, however, you need to make sure that they are properly packed so that they do not become damaged while they are not being used.
Holiday candles should always be stored in a cool area. If you are putting them into a storage unit, you may want to opt for a climate controlled one to ensure that they do not melt over the summer months. In a similar vein, you want to make sure that your candles are not placed in direct sunlight, which can also cause melting. For proper storage, wrap individual candles in tissue paper or newspaper to protect them from moisture and place them in a plastic container for easy transport.
The real concern with storing lights is that they'll become tangled by the time that you remove them from storage. In order to prevent this from happening, you should wrap them around something so that they are kept organized. A simple flat piece of cardboard with two cuts in either end provides a simple yet effective base for your lights to be wrapped around.
Ornaments are a little trickier to store properly, since they are irregularly shaped and very fragile. In order to give them the best protection possible, you may want to purchase cardboard dividers, available at most moving stores and originally used for wineglasses and mugs, to store individual ornaments. Be sure to package them fairly snugly into a plastic, not a cardboard box.
Leaving empty room gives ornaments the chance to move around and increases the risk of them breaking. Cardboard is susceptible to mold growth and water damage: opt for plastic containers instead, which can also protect your ornaments from physical trauma to a much higher degree.
Fake trees are fairly simple to store in comparison to the other types of holiday decorations. You can purchase a tree bag at most hardware stores which can help protect the branches and needles of your fake tree from becoming damaged. An upside of using a tree bag is that you don't have to break down the tree at all, and can just move it fully assembled in and out of storage whenever the holidays roll around.
To learn more tips and tricks, contact services that provide winter equipment storage.