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How to Prepare Your Home for the Holidays

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The holiday season is officially upon us – the season for baking, family get-togethers, snowfall, and, of course, holiday decorations! It can be daunting dusting off those holiday storage boxes and making room inside your home for the fresh decor. To help, Security Self Storage offers these six easy tips to help keep the clutter minimal while making the most of this wonderful holiday season.

Get A Storage Unit

Yep, our first tip to avoid the holiday clutter and chaos is actually having a separate space to store all of your seasonal decor. This is especially true if you do not have a garage, shed, or somewhere else to store multiple boxes in a way that doesn’t keep you from the items you need every day. Do you really need that beautiful faux tree hanging out in your garage all year long? Out of sight, this storage solution is excellent for seasonal decor that you need only once a year.

Organize, Divide & Group

Make it easy on yourself next time you need to break out the seasonal decor. Gather all your holiday decorations and accessories and set them out in front of you. Sort them into categories – Easter, Fourth of July, Halloween, Christmas, and so on. Once they are in their respective piles, it’s time to move on to our next tip: Store your decor safe and smart.

Store Safe & Smart

Once you group your items by holiday or season, it’s time to store them safe and effectively. Purchase plastic bins, both big and small, for keeping all of your items together. Within your bin you may choose to group smaller items in zip-seal bags, or place them in bubble wrap if they are fragile, like many ornaments are. Twist ties come in handy when wrapping holiday lights, as do empty paper towel rolls. Have a go-to wreath you plan to use every year? Invest in a wreath box, which will keep it in tip-top shape, year after year, while being stored. Finally, make sure to label your bags and bins, so it’s very clear what holiday or season it represents.

Stack Smart!

Time to get your gear into storage! Have a plan going in. Make sure you place the heaviest items at the bottom, and if you can, place items in the order you will use them. This way, when it’s time to rotate, you won’t have to dig to the very bottom.

Out With the Old, In With The New

When you do actually bring out your holiday decor, scan your home to find things that may be replaced during this short season. For example, if you have special holiday artwork or photos, simply remove your current framed photos or artwork and replace them with the seasonally appropriate ones. Any of your “everyday” decor you choose to replace, store in the bin you used for all of your holiday decor, and ta-da! Your house will feel fresh with holiday decor without feeling cluttered and noisy. Simply store the holiday decor bins with your everyday items, and when it’s time to stash the holiday decor, switch out your items. This approach keeps items in your home to a minimum, and really draws attention to your seasonal decor.

Create a Home Decor Capsule Wardrobe

Need some ideas to help build up your holiday decor without going all out? Think of your home decor as a time capsule, and include only those items that truly bring you joy. The bigger, more expensive items will stay put year round, like your couch, chairs, and shelving. Create a seasonal capsule with items you can add to your home decor rotation each season. Examples include pillows, vases, candles, and artwork. Store these items in bins when it’s not their season, and change out as needed.

There you have it, folks. You can have all the seasonal and holiday decor you’d like, without having it clutter up your space. For all of your holiday self storage needs, Security Self Storage is here for you.

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