Everyone agrees that getting out the holiday decorations is more fun than putting them away, but storing seasonal decorations properly ensures their longevity and makes unpacking them the following year easier. Some people might choose to forgo the packing altogether and hire a full service moving company to pack and store holiday items. However, if you are doing it yourself, there are some tips and tricks to keep in mind.
The most important thing when packing away seasonal items is to have a plan. Start by creating an inventory of the items you are going to store and figuring out what kind of boxes you will need. Whether or not you separate items by category, or pack them according to size, is up to you, but make sure you untangle and label cords, and disassemble everything that will be stored before you begin packing. This will give you a better idea of what supplies you will need.
Remember to use proper packing techniques when you pack holiday gear. This is especially important because you probably will not bother thinking about what you have packed away until next Christmas. Moving and packing companies can supply you with proper boxes and packing supplies. Of course you can reuse your boxes each year, and many people have started shredding discarded wrapping paper to use as filler around delicate items. Whether you use professional grade or recycled supplies, make sure to include fabric sheets or mothballs when packing fabrics, close each box securely with packing tape, and label the boxes with a detailed content-list.
Finally, don’t be afraid to part with some decorations. In New York moving and storage can be expensive, and you have to think of the decorations you choose to keep as an investment. Too often I see people storing broken ornaments or food-based decorations because they can’t stand to part with them. If you really want to keep something that is broken, take the time to fix it. If you don’t want to spend that time this year, then it probably isn’t worth the cost of storing.
While packing away the holidays might not be as fun as setting them up, it is an important yearly ritual for many people. Decide whether you want to hire packing services, or go at it alone, and then create a packing plan for yourself. With proper technique and care you will find it is an easy, rewarding task.