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Advice on storing seasonal items

So, Christmas is over and it's time to find those Easter baskets, but you can't remember where you stored them last. Is this a familiar situation? Holiday and seasonal storage for your items can be a pain if you don't have the space. Get organized this season and designate a new space for your seasonal items so that you're not scrambling at the last minute to find the appropriate holiday decorations.

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Tips for Seasonal Storage

Christmas ornaments and your Christmas tree are probably the most expensive holiday items you own. Save time and money by following these easy tips to ensure that your holiday items are stored properly.

  1. Christmas tree storage is the most important; if you store your tree properly, you'll have it for years to come. Bend all the branches up and store the tree its original container (closed, to keep out dust), or find a large clear plastic or resin box to keep the tree in. Alternatively, use special Christmas tree storage bags help to preserve your tree for future Christmases.
  2. Don't store ornaments in their flimsy cardboard containers; they may break. Instead, pack them in tissue inside clearly labeled plastic containers. Christmas lights should be bagged separately, and each string should be carefully detangled. Put each box on designated Christmas ornament storage shelves in your storage space.

For all seasonal storage, guard against temperature extremes and humidity; excess moisture can cause mold or mildew to grow on your soft or re-shapeable decorations, like wreaths or garlands. Don't crush decorations; put them in storage baskets or boxes.

Halloween and Easter Storage

Designate separate containers for Halloween and Easter storage. Halloween storage containers should have all decorations bagged separately. Costumes should be kept in a warmer, drier area to prevent damage – don't leave these in the garage or attic.

Easter baskets and ornamental grass should be stored in plastic bags to keep dust and lint off. Never keep chocolate from the year before – throw it out at the end of the Easter season. Dyes and similar products should be kept separate from your other decorations so that they don't stain. Seasonal storage and organization will give you peace of mind around the holidays and allow you to find what you need when the time comes.