I don’t know about you, but I cannot believe we are already one week into the new year! If you haven’t yet taken down your decorations, and need a little nudge to get you motived, KEEP READING because I have 3 great tips for storing Holiday Decorations that will save you TIME and MONEY!
Take a little time to declutter. It is worth it!
I'm not talking a full blown purge session, but before you store your decorations, take a few minutes to assess what you have.
- Minimize. The more you have, the more time it takes to put up and take down. Evaluate the joy the item gives to your family against the time needed. If it's not worth the time and energy, then let it go!
- Trash items that are broken. Light strands, ornaments, inflatables. Do not continue to store thinking you'll fix one day. I've spent hours trying to get a broken light strand to work. It is not worth it! Trash and move on!
- Donate items that are in good working order, but you have not used in last two years. Styles change. Don’t hang on to these things because you MAY want to use them again. Think about how happy someone less fortunate will be and how happy they would be to have that decoration that is sitting in a box in your basement.
If the items you trashed need to be replaced next year, make a quick note in your calendar now for the month of October to purchase replacements. Making a note now while it's fresh on your mind will save you the trouble trying to remember in 10 months.
Looking for directions and tips on what and how to declutter? Read here!
Use standard storage totes
There are so many tools, tricks out there. It is VERY easy to buy things because they are cute or appear to be functional. But you don't need them. Here are a few key items I do recommend using:
Limit Special Storage totes. You don't need them!
Please, please do not go crazy buying every single gadget out there. It is quick and easy to replicate the inserts.
With the standard 66 QT Sterilite along with some homemade inserts, you can easily manage the standard decorations, such as:
Store items logically placing like things together. If your box is for outside lights, store hooks or accessories needed for this purpose. A few other tips for storing boxes:
If you are looking for ways to maximize your storage space, read here!
I hope this post has given you some ideas and motivation to do some light decluttering and get those decorations packed up using standard, low cost materials saving you time and money!!
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