Tips for Packing and Unpacking Holiday Decorations
Part of the experience of owning a home is decorating for holidays. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, they all come with their own themes and some, like Christmas and Halloween, require their own totes or boxes, since those are probably the two most popular holidays that people get crazy decorations for. From giant inflatables to lights and lawn ornaments, storing and packing holiday decorations is something that you really should get good at before too long if you’re not good at it already. Not only that, but properly packing all your holiday decorations in one easy-to-get-to area makes it a lot easier if you’re going t be moving someday too, as you know exactly where all your holiday stuff is. Here are some more helpful tips about packing and unpacking holiday decorations:
1. Make sure you have plenty of room in your box.
Too many people make the mistake of just throwing their holiday decorations into a box willy-nilly and call it good (I myself am guilty of this on more than one occasion). While it may seem easier at the time, your future self is going to curse the now-you for his or her lack of foresight. Packing items correctly may take a bit longer and be a bit more frustrating, but it’s going to be a lot easier to do that than to try to untangle all those different strings of lights for Christmas. Christmas lights should be either wrapped and bound carefully or else replaced in their original packaging. Make sure that everything fits in your box, and don’t overload it. Play Tetris for a bit with your holiday decorations if you have to, but if your box isn’t big enough you should either upgrade to a new one or buy a second box.
2. Don’t make them crazy hard to get to
Yes, you only use your holiday decorations once a year, and most people take them down a few days after the holidays are over. This means that they generally get two-four weeks of quality decorating time, and the rest of the year they’re sitting in a box. However, here’s another tip to help future-self out: don’t make the box or boxes that your holiday decorations are in an area that’s going to be really hard to get into and out of, or piled high with other boxes. Dedicate some space in your garage/storage room/infant’s closet just for your holiday decorations. If you do this, they’ll be a lot easier to get to and it’ll make your holidays that much easier. It also helps when it comes to household moving, too.
3. Save the original packages
This is perhaps the best tip we can give, and why we saved the best for last. One of the best things you can do is save the original packaging that your decorations came in, in order to better protect them while they are in storage. Not only does it help them last longer, but it should also make it easier for you to load and unload your decorations. Not having to deal with untangling cords or lights, trying to get wire reindeer out from the clutches of of the faux mini-Christmas tree, or what have you, is really, really helpful and makes the time go by that much easier.
If you’re moving and need quotes to ship your holiday decorations – as well as the rest of your stuff – don’t hesitate to fill out our free household moving quote form via our Household Moving Articles section. On that section you’ll find our dedicated household moving quote form, as well as links to articles about different parts of the household moving industry that you can read and learn more about. If you have questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to call us at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of ou live agents, who can answer questions and help you get your free quotes. If you have to ship both a car and household items, you can get quotes for both on our homepage; just fill out our standard auto transport quote form, and select the get household moving quotes option on the second page.