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How to Store Artificial Christmas Trees

tangled christmas lightsThe 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.

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