With another Christmas come and gone, it’s time to think about packing your holiday decorations up again. We gathered the best storage solutions and organizational tips for christmas lights and ornaments. Spend a little extra time to pack these away with care after the holidays and next year you’ll have much less untangling, repairs, and headaches.
Storage Tips for Christmas Lights
- Check bulbs before packing away
- Use a spool to wrap strands around
- DIY Fix: Use empty wrapping paper tube as a spool
- Label strands for indoor or outdoor use
It’s incredibly annoying to open up a storage box and find a mess of tangled cables and lights. It’s even worse to to sort through all of it only to find that half the bulbs are not in working order. It’s easy to replace Christmas lights each holiday, but you could instead head to a home goods store and invest in a spool and case to store them.
The best way to keep your lights untangled and operational for years to come is to find a spool and reel to wrap them around. This doesn’t necessarily have to be designed for holiday lights; a spool intended for other uses (such as garden hose or speaker wire storage) will work perfectly fine. Alternatively, you can find a DIY solution around your home to use as a spool. An empty wrapping paper tube or metal coffee can are some examples of a quick fix.
Make sure to wrap each strand securely around the spool to prevent bulb breakage and place it in an insulated, zippered bag. When finished, remember to label each strand with the length and whether it is designated for indoor or outdoor use.
Another way to save stress is to actually check your lights before you pack them up rather than when unpacking next year. Pick up a small repair kit to fix any broken bulbs. If quite a few bulbs are broken, or you most likely won’t have the time to do repairs (this year or next) consider tossing the strand. You don’t want to waste storage space on lights that will probably end up being unusable anyway.
Storage Tips for Christmas Ornaments
- Pack in original containers when possible
- Purchase ornament container for round bulbs
- Wrap oddly shaped ornaments in tissue paper or foam
- DIY Fix: Use empty egg carton to store small ornaments
Christmas tree ornaments are not just red and round; they now come in all shapes, sizes and colors. They can be handmade, customized or store bought, but very often hold special memories or commemorative moments.
It’s best to keep the original packaging to store your ornaments if you can. For a quick DIY storage fix, you can use an empty egg carton to store smaller ornaments.
Glass bulb ornaments are especially fragile and should be stored in some type of container designed for their shape. It’s best to purchase an ornament storage container if you do not have the original packaging because these will break very easily if stored without protection.
Ornaments other than the traditional bulb can be wrapped in tissue paper or other packaging material and placed in a regular storage container.
The carols have been sung, the presents have been opened, and the gatherings have been merry. Now that Christmas is over, it’s time to think about packing up your holiday decorations for storage. For the most part, these are relatively small and simple to store. The artificial tree, on the other hand, can be a bit tougher to store because of its size and weight. But take care to handle it properly, and it will last for years and years to come.
Fake Christmas Tree Storage Conditions
- Check the manufacturer’s instructions
- Consider weight when choosing storage location
- Frosted, flocked, and white trees more easily damaged
Read the manufacturer’s instructions for storage conditions specific to your tree. Most artificial Christmas trees can be stored in a range of locations, such as the basement, attic, closet, self storage unit, or garage. There isn’t too much risk of trees being damaged by extreme temperatures or humidity.
You should, however, think about the weight when choosing a storage location. Your biggest challenge will be lifting and carrying the tree because these tend to be very heavy. With that in mind, it’s probably best to avoid an attic or anywhere you would have to carry it up more than one flight of stairs. If you can, store it on the same floor it is used on, such as in the garage or a storage room. If you keep your tree in self storage, have a family member help with the lifting, and choose a unit you can drive right up to.
Frosted, flocked, and white trees are the exception. These are much more sensitive to damage and discoloration by extreme temperatures and humidity. We recommend keeping this type of tree in a temperature-controlled location and out of direct sunlight. Choose a climate-controlled indoor unit when using self storage.
For Disassembled Trees
- Use original packaging if possible
- Label branches as top, middle, or bottom
If you disassemble your tree each year, always use the original packaging to store it if possible because it will be the perfect size. Find a storage bin or box large enough to hold all pieces of the tree if you don’t have the packaging.
You’ll need to “unfluff” the tree by bending the branches straight to allow them to fit in your storage container. Make sure to label the containers as you put the branches away. When assembling the tree again next year, you can easily find out which branches go on the bottom, middle, and top.
For Fully Assembled Trees
- A great time-saving option if you have the storage space
- Protect from dust with a case
- Use rolling case for easier transport
Another option is to store your Christmas tree fully assembled if you have the space for it. This will save you a lot of time because you won’t have to worry about disassembling and building it again next year and you can leave the lights on the tree. Remember to keep a fully assembled tree protected from dirt and dust with a cover or storage bag from a homegoods store. Find a rolling case for the easiest transportation.
As it gets cooler and cooler outside and the season turns to autumn, we’ll all probably be spending less time outside. Can our outdoor and patio furniture take the exposure to low temperatures and moisture? It depends on the type of furniture and whether the pieces have been prepared to take the extreme conditions that autumn and winter may bring.
It’s important to maintain proper care for your wicker, wood, and metal items to make them last for years to come. This blog will let you know which furniture you need to bring inside or place in storage and how you can weatherize the rest.
Winter Care for Outdoor Wicker Furniture
- Synthetic wicker furniture can be kept outdoors
- Natural wicker furniture needs to be stored indoors
- Storage area with low sunlight, humidity, and moisture recommended
The first thing you need to do is find out if your wicker furniture is made of natural or synthetic materials because care instructions will vary between the two. Check any packing materials you may have or evaluate it yourself. Synthetic wicker will feel and smell similar to plastic. Natural wicker is like a woven fiber.
Synthetic wicker furniture is considered strong and sturdy. You can leave it on the front porch in almost any weather conditions and will continue to stand without trouble.
Natural wicker furniture, on the other hand, is extremely sensitive. It can easily become damaged, worn, and cracked over time, especially in poor weather conditions. Too much direct sunlight and water will harm these pieces.
It’s important to bring natural wicker furniture inside or place it in self storage for the winter season if you want proper preservation. Keep them in a room with low sunlight and low humidity or a climate controlled indoor self storage unit. Garages or basements are not recommended because the furniture could still be exposed to moisture and humidity.
Winter Care for Outdoor Wood Furniture
- Wooden furniture can be kept outdoors only if cleaned and sealed
- Use a water sealant for extra protection
- Place indoors or in storage if it will not be used
Wood furniture can be kept outside during the colder months if you clean and seal it properly. Any wooden furniture that won’t be used much at all during the winter is better off being brought indoors or kept in a self storage unit. However, if you do plan on using these pieces outside, here’s how to properly protect them:
First, identify the wood type and make sure to select the proper cleanser as wooden materials can be sensitive to strong chemical solutions. Always test a small area before continuing as the wrong cleanser can ruin wood material. Sometimes it’s better to start with water and a mild soap and work your way up from there if a deeper cleaning is needed.
Next, dust off the piece before gently cleaning with a cloth, then seal with a protective finish. The clear seal will make sure it stays preserved throughout the colder months. For extra protection, you can also add a water sealant to keep out moisture.
Winter Care for Outdoor Metal Furniture
- Metal furniture can be kept outdoors only if sealed properly
- Use a sealant designed to keep out rust
- Place indoors or in storage if it will not be used much
The main issue with keeping metal furniture outdoors throughout the colder months is rust. Moisture from rain or snow mixed with wind can easily degrade the quality of metal items. The same rule applies as for wooden items: If you will not be using it often, it’s better to bring it indoors or place it in a self storage unit. However, it can be used outdoors all winter with the proper protective measures. Make sure to clean and seal it with a product to prevent rust and it can stay outdoors all winter long.
Outdoor Furniture Storage Near Reading, PA
Our tenants at DAK often store indoor and outdoor furniture. In fact, it could be one of the top categories of items we house. Seasonal self storage is a great solution for patio and outdoor furniture during the colder time of the year. If you won’t be using your furniture much during the winter or don’t want to take the time to seal it, bring it over to DAK and we will keep it safe and secure. Our units will provide the extra space you need and climate controlled indoor units can keep it extra preserved if needed.
DAK Self Storage supports local entrepreneurs and small business owners. As a small business ourself, we believe that locally-owned companies can provide quality service and a stronger sense of community. We encourage Reading and Berks County residents to support the local economy by shopping small whenever possible. This includes boutiques, clothing stores, and consignment shops. If you sell clothing and accessories nearby Leesport, PA, we are happy to offer an affordable solution to your storage needs.
Benefits of Self Storage for Boutiques and Clothing Stores
Clothing boutiques excel by offering unique, quality items to customers with personalized service. Some boutiques focus on the cutting edge of fashion and consistently update the selection of products. Others prefer to seek specialty items to stock the shelves. However you choose to operate your shop, you are likely to have inventory storage and stocking issues at one point or another.
Storage at a storefront location can be difficult and expensive to come by. Any extra space often needs to be devoted to a dressing room, cash register, or back office. This can be especially problematic when you are just starting out or are located in a big city. Prime boutique locations on Penn Street, for example, are compact and come with a high amount of rent. In addition, small business owners often want to invest the most in a quality product and find other ways to cut costs. The best clothing and accessories can come at a high expense and will take priority over a large storefront.
Solutions for Extra and Offseason Inventory
If you have too much inventory to display or need to take seasonal items off the shelves, consider self storage for the extra items. It can be tempting to store excess products at home, but this can only be a temporary solution. Eventually the items will outgrow the space or become overwhelming to family members. Plus, when you work hard during the day, you don’t want your work following you home. Another easy option is to keep merchandise in the back office for a time. But this can quickly become too cluttered and stressful. A productive work space is one that is clean and neat.
Some boutiques try to mimic corporate stores by placing offseason items on sale just to clear them out quickly. However, big businesses are in a much better place to take a loss than local entrepreneurs. If you’d rather not lose money, self storage is a convenient solution to stash items until they come back in season.
Self Storage Near Reading, PA
Renting a self storage unit can be beneficial to small boutiques, clothing stores, and consignment shops in Berks County. It is a safe, clean, and secure, way to declutter and storefront and accommodate excess or offseason merchandise. Self storage can also offer a location for sales documents and other recordkeeping materials.
DAK Self Storage offers affordable storage to clothing store owners in Berks County. Contact us today to rent a unit and provide a secure, local space for your inventory. Be sure to read up on the proper way to store clothing when renting your unit.