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What to Do with Your Wedding and Baby Shower Gifts

gift-553143_960_720After a wedding or baby shower, you will likely be left with a small mountain of gifts and decorations. Some you will want to keep and use right away, some you will want to store away, and others you will want to get rid of. You don’t want to just let these items sit around and take up space, but sorting through them can be a daunting task. DAK Self-Storage in Leesport is here to help. We can help you sort through your gifts with this guide. DAK Self-Storage can also store away any items you don’t have room for.

Write Thank You Notes

If you don’t write thank you cards early on, you will likely not write them at all. Writing thank you cards helps show your guests that you appreciate their thoughtfulness. It acknowledges them and tells them that you appreciate their friendship.

Writing thank you notes should be one of the first steps you take in organizing your gifts. If you wait till after to move all the items, you may mix up the cards and forget who got you what. While writing a general thank you is nice, thanking your guest for a specific item is more personal.

Decorations

After a wedding or shower, you will not only have a pile of gifts but an assortment of decorations as well. You will likely want to keep some of the decorations as a memory. Keeping all the decorations will likely take up to much room. You should only keep a few manageable pieces.

Some items such as flowers, candles, balloons, etc. will not last long. You can keep these for a week or two, then get rid of them. Pick a few non-perishable items to keep such as a cake topper, figurine or centerpiece. Find a nice place in your home to display them so you can remember the day and smile. Other items can be given to friends or family members or stored in a DAK Self-Storage unit.

Organize

After you thank your friends and family for the gifts, you can begin to sort through them. The easiest way to organize them is to put them into three separate piles. Figure out what you can use now, what you want to use later and what you want to get rid of. Then you can find a place for all the items you are currently keeping. For items you want to save for later, you can store them in a DAK Self-Storage unit. There are a variety of solutions for gifts that you do not want.

Trading Up

blender-10932_960_720Before you get rid of anything, you will want to take a few aspects into consideration. If someone close personally picked the item out for you, you should keep it and find a place for it in your home. If it is unique and that guest will visit your home in the future and look for it, you will also want to keep it.

Gift receipts make gifting easy to return. You can simply go back to the store and exchange the gift for another item or money. If you do not have the gift receipt, there are a variety of other options. You can sell it online, donate it to someone in need or re-gift. Items that were picked to suit your personality should not be re-gifted. Yet, if the gift is plain and can fit anyone’s taste, you can usually get away with re-gifting.

To avoid getting items that you may not want, be sure to create a registry or request specific gifts. Doing so helps your guests choose a gift and saves you the hassle of figuring out to do with items you do not want.

Store Items in a DAK Self Storage Unit

If you don’t request certain gifts, you will likely receive duplicates. From weddings, you may receive duplicate home appliances and accessories. From baby showers, you may receive clothing that is too large or too many baby supplies. Although you can easily give them away, storing them for later can help save you money.

If you don’t have room in your home, you can store them at DAK Self-Storage in Leesport. DAK Self-Storage has a variety of storage units with different sizes and features. To find a unit that is right for you, follow this link: https://ecom.quikstor.com/dakselfstorage/ShowAvailableUnits.aspx?action=rent. If you need help storing certain items, check out DAK Self-Storages blog. You can also contact us with any questions you may have.

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