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Storing Holiday Decoration Tips
Planning, packing and tracking are the keys to making sense of your seasonal decorations. Here are a few tips for making sure each year feels easier than the last.
Last Updated - 6th January 2006
- Evaluate your decorations each year and keep only what you are really going to use.
- Start a decorating notebook with an inventory sheet for each holiday so you can keep track of what you have.
- Instead of throwing away used gift wrapping and tissue paper, run it though a paper shredder and use the strips as a packing filler for putting away decorations or for shipping.
- Label every box with its contents and holiday. Color coding is helpful.
- To prevent warping and preserve the color of candles, they should be stored flat, out of the light and in a cool area.
- Use skirt or pant hangers for your tablecloths, place mats and napkins so they don't become creased.
- Consider limiting yourself to one or two kinds of all-occasion gift wrap and one or two colors of ribbons and bows that you can use all year.
- Secure opened rolls of wrapping paper by cutting a leg from a pair of panty hose and slipping it over the tube.
- Dry outdoor wreaths or garland for at least 24 hours before storing to prevent mold or mildew.
- Cover indoor wreaths with plastic bags then hang them on the walls in a closet or attic placing one nail at the top and one just below the base so the wreath keeps its round shape.
- For special costumes, dry-clean them and keep them folded neatly in a sealed, acid-free container so no moisture or moths get in.
- Use zippered garment bags to protect bulky plastic figures, sleighs, reindeer and other large ornamentation.
- When purchasing strings of lights, immediately label the plus with a number keyed to written description of the number of bulbs, type, place of purchase or any other information. Any damaged bulbs will be easier to replace.
- Take an empty coffee can, cut a slit in the plastic lid and place the receptacle end through it. Wrap the string around the can. You can store extra bulbs and extension cords inside the the.
- Always store colored lights in a dark area to keep the bulbs from fading.
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