The festivities are over and its back to reality, which means one thing - it's time to take on the tedious challenge of taking down your Christmas tree and decorations!
Storage is a problem for many, especially for delicate Christmas decorations, which is why it is important to look into simple and effective storage solutions that will help your save space and keep items organised and ready for unpacking next year!
To help, the team here at Poundstretcher have put together 10 tops tips for storing away your Christmas decorations, helping you keep items safe and organised until December 2015 rolls around.....
1. Cartons for small baubles
Why not use old egg cartons for storing delicate baubles from the Christmas tree. This keeps them safe inside cardboard nests, which you can then pack away in larger boxes, minimizing the chance of any baubles breaking.
2. Old newspaper for safe wrapping and packing
Another useful item is old newspaper, which can be used to wrap up each item before placing in larger boxes. This keeps them safer and free from any scratches.
3. Plastic cups for large baubles
Plastic cups are ideal for larger decorations and baubles. These can be used to keep items separated and organised. Place newspaper in the opening of the cup to keep the bauble safely secured inside.
4. Under bed storage boxes
Storing items under the bed is a great solution solution as is a safe, dry area that is rarely disturbed. Lidded storage boxes will keep decorations safe, dry and dust-free. 32 litre boxes are perfect for keeping smaller items organised and safe under the bed.
5. Old belts for the tree
Why not try using old belts to tightly hold together your artificial Christmas trees? This ensures a secure grip and makes the tree easy to store in tight spaces.
6. Large storage boxes
If you're looking to store your decorations away in the loft or shed, larger 80 litre boxes are the perfect solution, helping to protect from any moisture and damp that could damage your items.
7. Shoe boxes for cards
For those special Christmas cards you received in 2014, shoe boxes are a great way of keeping them packed safely and neatly. Shoe boxes are small enough to be easy to stored away, whilst also being the ideal size for keeping Christmas cards unfolded and organised.
8. Fold flat storage crates
Fold flat storage crates are a great way of saving space and protecting your decorations. Made from sturdy plastic, these crates have a capacity of up to 32 litres to hold a huge selection of decorations, and conveniently fold flat when not in use for easy storage.
9. Save space with tinsel
Why not try using tinsel to pad out your decorations and protect them from any scratches over the next 12 months.
10. Old jars for Christmas tree lights
Old jars such as coffee or sugar jars are the perfect storage solution for Christmas lights. Keep the lights neatly packed away, twirling the cord around as you pack it to ensure easy unpacking next time. Ensuring lights are stored neatly also helps to keep them in good condition for longer, as well as improving safety aswell as saving time untangling next year. If you have numerous different sets of lights, try using labels to clearly state the colours of the lights on each jar.
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