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Store Your Outdoor Holiday Decorations in 7 Easy Steps

2023 January 05
Written by Make Space Storage

The holidays are a special time of the year, and many people take the time to decorate their homes and yards with festive decorations. However, when the holidays are over, it can be challenging to figure out where to store your holiday decorations so that they are not damaged or lost. Since outdoor decorations tend to be larger and bulkier, finding enough storage in your house or garage can be challenging. 

This is where self-storage comes in. Self-storage provides an ideal solution to store your holiday decorations safely until next season. Here are some practical steps for taking down and storing your outdoor holiday decorations quickly. 

Step 1 - Unplug Holiday Lights & Gather Packing Supplies 

Unplug all of your lights before taking them down. If they are battery-operated, remove the batteries so they will not corrode over the winter months. Gather up or order your packing supplies, such as markers, packing tape, bubble wrap or newspaper, storage boxes or totes with lids, and labels. These will come in handy for storing away your decorations. 

Step 2 - Take Down Holiday Decorations 

Carefully take down all of your outdoor decorations and lay them out on a clean surface like your garage floor or driveway. Sort through them and discard any broken or damaged items. While taking down holiday decorations, be sure to take your time and be mindful of fragile items such as lights and decorations that could be damaged by cold temperatures or wet weather. 

Step 3- Clean & Dry Holiday Items Before Storing  

Clean off dirt, dust, snow and debris from your outdoor decorations before storing them away to prevent damage while in storage. Make sure to dry off metal pieces thoroughly before placing them into boxes or totes, then label each box/tote clearly so you know what is inside when taking things out at the end of the season!  If you notice that anything is broken or needs to be replaced then this is the perfect time to repair or replace them. 

Step 4 - Organize & Pack Your Outdoor Holiday Lights  

Wrap each strand of light around a piece of cardboard or reels. Doing this prevents the holiday lights from becoming tangled during storage, then place the wrapped strands inside plastic garbage bags secured with packing tape. Label each bag, so you know what type of lights they are when the time comes to put them back up next year. Do the same with extension cords if you have any outdoors as well as other cords and cables that can be stored away until their next use!  

Step 5 - Pack & Label Your Decorations Carefully

Use bubble wrap, packing peanuts, or other packing materials to cushion fragile decorations while they are stored away in self-storage units. This will provide an extra layer of protection against damage from shifting or dropping boxes. It is important to remember to label each storage box with the contents inside, so you will remember what is inside when it is time to unpack.

Step 6 - Reserve Your Self-Storage Unit

When it comes to storing large items like holiday decorations, having convenient storage options close by is key. Self-storage facilities often have multiple locations scattered throughout different neighbourhoods and cities, so you can easily find a facility near you that works best for you. Instead of stuffing them into your garage, basement, or attic, why not consider a self-storage unit? Storage is an ideal solution for storing and protecting holiday decorations after the holidays are over. 

Secure Self-Storage Facilities

Using a self-storage locker makes sense if you are looking for a secure place to store large outdoor holiday decorations like inflatable snowmen or large artificial trees after the holidays are over. You will not have to worry about your holiday decorations taking up valuable space in your home or garage. Additionally, self-storage provides an extra layer of security against theft or vandalism, as most facilities are equipped with 24/7 surveillance cameras and are fully gated. 

Sizes & Types of Self-Storage Units

Many storage units offer climate-controlled options that can protect against moisture, humidity, and extreme temperatures that can damage delicate items like lights, inflatable snowmen, and wreaths. Most facilities have several sizes of drive-up storage lockers, self-storage units, and on-site storage containers available. If you are planning on decluttering and kickstarting your New Year’s resolutions this winter, then using a larger self-storage is best. Not only can you put your seasonal items in storage, but also your clutter and belongings that take up valuable space. 

Flexible & Affordable Storage Solutions

Indoor and outdoor holiday decoration storage should not break the bank or clutter up your home. Luckily, many self-storage companies offer affordable pricing with discounts and promotional offers making it easier than ever to store your holiday decorations without breaking the bank. You can also choose from different size units depending on how much space you need for all of your seasonal décor items – no need to pay for extra space if there is no need for it! 

Step 7 - Load Your Self-Storage Locker

Once you have found a local self-storage facility and gotten the right size and type of locker to store your holiday décor and seasonal items, it is time to load your unit. Try to place heavier boxes on the bottom of the self-storage locker and lighter items on top. In addition, being mindful of the order that you load your seasonal items and decorations can help you. Not only does it save time next holiday season, but also it helps prevent damages from occurring when you are accessing your stuff next winter. 

Final Thoughts

Storing holiday decorations does not have to be hard; using self-storage makes it easy and affordable! Whether you are looking for short-term or long-term storage solutions for your holiday decorations, Make Space Storage has got you covered! You can reserve a storage unit and request quotes on our website. If you have any questions, please reach out to our representatives. We are happy to help!

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