This post is sponsored by Two Men and a Truck
It can be a bit of a shock for most of us going back to the daily grind after holidays filled with cocktails, candy, leftovers, and family time. While the freedom was fabulous, it’s now time to show 2018 who’s boss and that starts with taking down the Christmas decor.
When it’s time to store your decorations away until next year, frustrations tend to rise. Taking time to organize and properly store your holiday decorations will make the years to come that much easier. Here are a few expert packing tips from Two Men and a Truck on how to best store your holiday items to make this year hassle-free.
Before you begin packing up your holiday items, be sure they are organized and that you have proper storage containers to ensure everything will be easy to pack so nothing will be damaged throughout the year.
When it comes to putting away the holiday ornaments, we rarely save the containers we purchased them in. The Two Men and a Truck dish pack box provides a safer alternative than just wrapping them in tissue paper and putting them in a bag with minimal protection.
The dish pack boxes come with dividers which can be adjusted depending on the desired space needed for each item making it the perfect home for your delicate ornaments. Use acid-free tissue paper when wrapping your ornaments further protect your ornaments.
Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle! As you unwind your lights from your tree, remove the flaps from a cardboard box and neatly wrap your lights around them. This is a simple trick that keeps your lights in good condition, and at the same time allows them to take up less storage space in your boxes.
I have a soft spot for wreaths and I’m someone who feels it is necessary to hang one for every season and holiday. However, storing these beauties can be a cumbersome task. By utilizing moving boxes, you can easily stack and store multiple wreaths and avoid any damage between uses, especially the Christmas wreaths which are covered in fragile holiday ornaments.
Label, Label, Label
Nothing’s more frustrating than searching through box after box looking for one specific item. Make this process less stressful and save yourself some time next holiday season by labeling the items to be found in each box.
Even if you don’t have many boxes to store, labeling them will save you time when it comes to setting up next year. It helps to label the items you’ve packed away in each box or at least by category (ex., kitchen décor). You might also consider labeling boxes based on the order you plan to unpack them.
Creating a wrapping station is a great way to organize and store your supplies. I assembled a dish pack box to organize my ribbon, bows, bags, tissue paper, scissors, tape, and more. It’s incredibly helpful to have all your items in one place when you are rushing to wrap your gifts. The best part about the dish pack box is by adjusting the dividers, you can accommodate all of your needs, including those long tubes of wrapping paper.
We frequently worry about our breakable items, but let’s not forget the beautiful tablescapes and linens you had on the table. Store holiday tablecloths, linen napkins, table runners, dish towels, and the tree skirt in a dry place where they won’t get damaged by moisture. You can also keep your items fresh and repel moths by popping a few dryer sheets in the box.
Get Everyone Involved
Packing up Christmas goes by much quicker with some helping hands. Decide to make the “taking down” just as important a tradition as “putting up” the decor. Choose a time when your whole family can get involved (before the kids go back to school!), and incentivize the whole crew with dinner or a movie afterward. Post-packing plans will also give everyone something fun to look forward to and will provide closure for the holiday season.