Gather It All Together Rather than trying to put away a box at a time, take down all your holiday décor and put it into a central location, such as a kitchen table or the living room floor. Once all the goodies are in place, you can then fit like items together, eliminating the needs for excess boxes or tubs.
There’s no denying that when it’s time to take all that décor down, however, it’s not nearly as fun. Instead, it means business as usual.
Give the Place a Once-Over You’re likely to have left something out, no matter how thorough you were. Go back and look just one more time. Trust us.
Extra PackingConsider using egg cartons to store ornaments or breakables, keep extra newspaper on hand to soften any harsh movements, and so on. It’s important to make sure all your belongings (especially the breakables) are safe and secure until next year.
Seal it UpAs you place the items, turn every hanger backwards. In six months, when you purge again, you can simply look for any items with the hangers still backwards. If you find one, you know that this item wasn’t worn in the last six months, and should be considered for donation. This simple step will save you a lot of time when you go through this process again.
Mark Everything Clearly No one wants to dig through box after box to find something specific, avoid that annoying task and write on each box what’s inside. Be sure to write legibly and with detail so that you, a year from now, knows what’s inside. Permanent marker over duct or masking tape is an easy way to accomplish this time-saving tip.
Don’t Smash the Fluffy Stuff Hangings, garland, and more can easily be shoved into a box – a tactic that also allows you to fit more into fewer boxes. However, it also smashes leaves and pine needles leaving them mangled for the next holiday season. When possible, leave breathing room so you can enjoy more luster within all your holiday décor.
Take Your TimeNothing is more frustrating than remembering your rushed job from the year before, realizing that lights are tangled, bulbs are without padding, etc. Instead, wait until you have enough time to do the job right, and can put everything away properly. Not only will this help your items to last, it will make next year’s unpacking far easier, too.
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