Packing and unpacking holiday decorations is the worst. The finished product is worth it, but getting there is the hard part. The easiest way to make the boxes a little lighter is to go in and see what you really use. Toss, donate or recycle the stuff that isn't on holiday display. If it's not up, it's out. If it won't turn on, trash it. If it doesn't light, lose it. Don't be tempted to buy tons of new holiday accessories each year. Use what you have and keep it simple. If you absolutely must buy a new decoration or if you get one as a gift, then get rid of another to prevent clutter.
Storage containers come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors and materials. Choosing the right one can be a challenge but remember this rule: make sure they match. Containers in the same brand, size and style will stack on top of each other, giving you more stuff in less space. Don't be tempted to buy the largest bins you can find because they hold the most stuff; large containers can make it difficult to access and organize the items inside. Stacking smaller containers works just as well.
Organize And Label
It's easy to buy a bunch of plastic containers and just throw your holiday decor inside, but imagine the headache when it's time to decorate again. It's essential to organize and label containers so they don't get lost in the madness. Pack the containers with what you'll need first on top, so you can unpack and decorate as you go. Pick a color that's associated with the season (like green for Christmas, red for Valentine's day) or use colored labels on the outside of clear containers for instant recognition.
Use Empty Space
You don't need tons of extra closets and a big garage or basement to successfully store your holiday decorations. Who has all of those, anyway? Use the empty nooks and crannies in your home to stash your stuff if you don't have a lot of extra space. As long as it looks neat and organized, who cares if you use the hallway closet for Easter decor, the space under the bed for Christmas accents and the top of the cabinets for more than just your kitchen decorations and appliances. If you still don't have enough storage space, then it's time to refer back to tip 1 and take inventory of what you can and can't live without.
Protect Seasonal Linens
Keep your poinsettia-patterned tablecloths and tree skirts safe from moisture, mold, moths and dust by storing them in a hanging storage bag in the closet. This space saver may be designed for clothes, but that doesn't mean you can't fold and hang clean seasonal linens, like plush winter throws and decorative pillow shams too. Another innovative storage option for lightweight seasonal items is an under-the-bed or over-the-door organizer. These are great for wrapping paper sheets, tissue paper, greeting cards, gift tags and bags. When next year rolls around, these items will be just as fresh and crisp as they were the day you stored them.
How you store seasonal decor affects next year's holiday spirit. No one wants to tackle a container of tangled lights and dusty wreaths. LTD Commodities has many storage options to help lessen your holiday headache and keep you excited about seasonal decorating year after year.