Many of us store our seasonal decorations and home accents until we need them once more. Unfortunately, if we do not take the necessary precautions when packing and storing, we can cause damage to the point where our precious items are unusable by the next season.
Here are 7 tips to help you store your home accents and decorations so that they are in tiptop condition when you are ready to bring them back into the public eye, whether for personal enjoyment or to put on display during the holiday season.
Closet organizers are perfect for storing fragile home accents and decorations. When packing away your favorite seasonal nick-knacks try to find organizers which are separated into small housing compartments such as those made for shoes, ties or jeweler. By using this type of container you can ensure that all of your objects are safely separated and cushioned.
To make decorating with your home accents more efficient next year try to store similar objects together. For example, when clearing away Christmas decorations consider having two containers, one specifically for tree ornaments and one for other seasonal home accents such as candles and centerpieces.
Using the wrong paper to wrap and protect seasonal decorations can actually cause more harm than good. When wrapping your home accents make sure to invest in acid-free packaging paper to avoid discoloring, stains or ink transfer.
When storing dried floral arrangements such as wreaths, garlands or Easter centerpieces make sure that you use an airtight container. Dried greenery can be especially fragile and can become ruined if a container becomes moist or damp.
When storing away breakable seasonal accents try using the item’s original packaging. When you consider how far your belongings had to travel before they were shelved in your local shop, it only makes sense to use the same packaging to store them safely in your home!
When packing home accents for storage it is incredibly important to label your containers. However, try to avoid broad and generic labels such as “Halloween stuff”. Instead make a list of all the items in each box and attach it to the lid. Knowing exactly what is in each box will save time and frustration when searching for a favorite plastic bat or candy bowl.
Avoid storage areas which may be moist or visited by pests. Nothing will ruin your home accents and linens faster than mold, moisture, or a family of mice. So make sure to consider all of these things when choosing your storage location.
If you have more practical or unique ideas, you are welcome to leave a comment letting us know your favorite home accents and decorations storage tip.