5 storage hacks to keep everything organised this Christmas
Do you find it hard to stay organised over the Christmas period? Us too. Fortunately, Lisa Lyons, E-Commerce Manager of storage solution specialist Plastic Box Shop, has a few handy holiday hacks to help you keep everything in order and make Christmas a little bit easier.
There are piles of presents to wrap, dozens of decorations to arrange, and enough food to feed the family for weeks. It’s Christmas! And, it’s hectic. Eventually it will be over, and the time will come to take down your decorations for another year. And while it might be easy to just shove it all into boxes in the attic to be uncovered again in 12 months times, you might be in for a nasty surprise when you come back to discover a mess of tangled lights and a box full of broken ornaments.
You can avoid this whole rigmarole altogether by taking the time to pack everything away in an organised and careful manner — it doesn’t have to be a massive hassle! Here are five tips you can follow to make the whole process a lot simpler.
When it comes to storing your Christmas decorations, being prepared means having everything you need, organised and on hand. You will want plenty of handy storage boxes of varying sizes, labels to keep everything organised, and some padding to protect your delicate ornaments.
For maximum safety, I would recommend using bubble wrap. It can be reused each year and is much cheaper than replacing expensive or sentimental ornaments. A good way to do a bit of recycling while also making your life easier is to save your wrapping paper and use it to wrap up any extra glassware and crockery.
Store your ornaments safely
Unlike the fun of putting up your Christmas tree and decorating your home, taking everything down again and storing it for next year can be dull. But taking the time to store everything away in a methodical manner will save you a lot of hassle next year when you have to do it all over again. There is no worse feeling than getting half the tree decorated before realising that some of the ornaments have broken, while others have just disappeared.
This problem can be avoided altogether by taking the time to carefully wrap and pack your ornaments individually before storing them. Get yourself an ornament box that has adjustable rows to accommodate the varying sizes of ornaments and wrap each of them up in bubble wrap or tissue as you see fit.
Organise the rest of your decorations
If you haven’t kept the boxes that your ornaments came in — or if you just prefer organising things your own way — you’re going to need a storage solution that makes the most of the space you have. Whether you are shoving everything out of the way at the back of a cupboard or storing things up in the attic, stackable boxes will make your life a lot easier.
The great thing about plastic box storage is that they come in all different shapes and sizes, so you’ll be able to fit in just about anything. If you’ve got lots of small items such as snow globes, pine cones, and other general decoration, a plastic box container with built-in drawers would be the ideal solution.
Avoid tangled lights
Whether hanging in windows, wrapped around the bannister, or dangling from the ceiling, having loads of fairy lights around the house is a fantastic way to get in the festive spirit. But when it comes to taking everything down and storing it away, lights can be the most challenging. Not only do you need to avoid the hassle of getting your wires tangled, you’ve also got to be careful not to break any of the thousands of tiny fragile bulbs.
A great hack to avoid this problem, with the added benefit of reusing some of your Christmas waste, is get some scraps of cardboard and turn them into a makeshift light-organiser. You will need one piece of cardboard for each set of lights. Cut two slits, one in each side of the cardboard, to hold either end of the cord. Wrap the rest around the body of the cardboard and you’ve got a neat little package that can be easily stacked on top of one another in one of your storage boxes.
Organise your gift supplies
Storing your wrapping paper, ribbons, bows, and other festive present decorations can be tricky. If not done properly, paper will crease, tear, and unravel, while your ribbon gets tangled and your cupboard becomes littered with glitter. To avoid this problem altogether, we recommend getting a gift supply storage box or bag. How big you need your box to be will depend on how large your gift supply collection is, but having everything easily accessible makes wrapping presents all year round a breeze.
Packing everything up after Christmas doesn’t have to be a chore. Follow our advice and take the time to do things properly, and you’ll save yourself a headache for many years to come.