Packing up holiday decorations is never as much fun as unpacking them. Follow these helpful tips for a streamlined system that maintains orderly storage in your Springs luxury apartment home.
1. Start with a Plan
The job will be twice as difficult if you simply start randomly putting items away. Create a plan based on how you like to decorate, whether you prefer going by room or by like items.
2. "Open Me First"
When you begin packing, set aside a box and mark it, "Open Me First." Use it to hold essential items that will create the basic holiday look so you don't have to search for them. It also saves time if you decide to keep decorating at a minimum.
3. Keep an Inventory
How many times have you made return trips to the store to either buy more decorations or return product you've overbought? As you pack up the decorations, list each item so you have an accurate idea of what you need next year.
4. Eliminate Holiday Light "Spaghetti"
Untangling holiday lights is probably the most frustrating and time-consuming part of decorating. An old coffee can makes a handy caddy for those unwieldy cords. Cut a hole in the plastic lid, insert the plug end and wrap the rest of the string around the outside of the can. Store extra bulbs and extension cords inside the can.
5. Out with the Old
Do you have old decorations taking up valuable space because you "might" use them again sometime? If you haven't used it in a year or more, toss it.
6. Tame Those Wrapping Paper Rolls
Rolls of wrapping paper are awkward to store, and much of it ends up wasted from getting wrinkled and torn. Try one of these clever solutions:
Place leftover rolls inside a garment bag and hang in a closet.
Use a large plastic container that slides beneath a bed.
Take advantage of unused vertical space with an over-the-door holder.
7. "Crate" Fragile Ornaments
Repurpose empty egg crates as green ornament holders.
8. Make It Easy on the Eyes
Unpacking will proceed more smoothly if you can see at a glance which items are in which boxes. Plastic storage containers are the easiest solution. If you use cardboard boxes or other containers with less visibility, label them clearly on the side so you can see even when the boxes are stacked. You might want to consider a color-coded system where you record the key with your inventory list.
Do you have an ornament or decoration that holds special memories? Tell us about it in the comments!