Storage Tips For Seasonal Decor
Unless you have some very weird fashion sense, season decor will spend most of the year packed away. The decorations we get out for Halloween, Christmas, or any other holiday is only appropriate for that time of year – and when we don’t use it, there’s a designated cupboard, closet, or box where it will stay. Improper storage of holiday decorations can mean that they’re vulnerable to things that can shorten their lifespan. Bugs can hide in some holiday decorations, while others can pick up issues from retaining moisture, dust, or mold. Decorations can even crack, crumble, or fall apart under the wrong conditions. That is why we have prepared a list of storage tips for seasonal decor.
Storage Tips For Seasonal Decor
Here are essential storage tips for season décor. These tips will help to keep your décor in good condition throughout the year.
1. Check Decorations More Than Once A Year
Holiday decorations should be checked more than once per year. This way, you can ensure that they’re still in good condition – and if there are any issues with decorations like bugs or damage, you can see it ahead of time and replace or repair them.
2. Store Them In A Sealed Container
Decorations should be stored in a sealed, airtight, and watertight container. This is better than cardboard or wooden box, which might create a whole list of other problems that bugs or mold can easily access.
3. Avoid Bugs
Bugs love certain types of holiday decorations and the conditions that we store items in. Dark, quiet places are a potential home for bugs – and of course, nobody wants to share the holidays with any of these.
Avoid bugs by making sure decorations are in proper storage solutions. When necessary, store decorations with incense – it’s one of those things that bugs just don’t like.
4. Storing Fragile Or Vintage Decorations
Everyone has decorations they consider sentimental or special. Sometimes, these might be fragile or vintage ones. Store these separate – and make sure that you store them with enough padding (like bubble wrap). If someone drops the box, how sure are you that it would be safe from damage? Enough packing around these items can prevent damage from taking place.
Don’t forget: Vintage decorations can be professionally restored.
5. Remove Damaged Decorations
If you see any damaged decorations or ones that might become damaged soon, remove them from the main collection. This stops them from picking up any further damage in storage – and when it comes to decorations made from metal or glass, it’s about safety.
There are several options for decorations that have damaged. Repair them, or replace them with new decorations. It’s a good excuse to start a new tradition!
6. What About Mold?
Mold is a common problem for items that go into storage for long periods of time.
A potential mold issue can be identified by appearance or smell. If you notice any gray, green, or blue powder-like substances collecting on items or it develops a musty or strong smell, it could be mold.
Mold thrives in darkness (and on left-over moisture), although hates vinegar – and cannot thrive in a dry environment. Remove items, wipe them down with a water-and-vinegar solution, and dry them properly. Then, store them in an airtight container away from the potential moisture source.
7. Kid And Pet Safe Storage
Have kids or pets in the house too?
It might mean that you have to take more care when it comes to how you store your holiday decorations. Our decoration collections can often contain small or fragile items that might not be safe for kids or pets to discover on their own.
Crates or containers with space for combination locks are available. Never assume that holiday or Christmas decorations will stay hidden just because kids or pets won’t find their hiding spot!
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