With October now almost half over, you might be thinking about getting your fall and winter holiday decorations out of storage and put up around the house. With Halloween just around the corner, you may already have some spooky decorations in place, and you might also have some fall decor in each room. At EZ Storage® in Detroit, we know how fun it can be to decorate for the season, as well as how important it is to store your decorations properly when they’re not in use.
As you’re getting decorations out of storage from your garage, basement, or attic this fall, it’s important to check everything to see if it’s in good condition, and in the case of decorative lights, that they work as they should. If things have been damaged, then it might be a good idea to rent a small self-storage unit from us once the season is over!
Check Decor for Damage
Before you start hanging cobwebs and putting fake pumpkins and leaves around the house, take the time to check each piece for damage. Ceramic and plastic decor can become chipped or broken if they weren’t packed properly, and you don’t want to put up damaged decorations. If something can be repaired with a bit of tape or super glue, then you can likely make it look good enough for another season or two. However, if something is badly damaged or beyond repair, it’s better to dispose of it safely and replace it with a new piece of decor!
Once fall and winter are over, and you’re packing up your decor once again, take the time to wrap each fragile item in bubble wrap or packing paper. You’ll also want to make sure that the heavier items are on the bottom of the box or tub so they don’t break or crush any lighter items. Proper packing techniques can save your decor from damage and keep them in great condition for many years to come!
Check Lights for Functionality
Whether you have orange lights for Halloween and the fall season, or you use the same multi-colored lights for every winter holiday season, it’s imperative to check any lights and other electrical decor for proper functionality. If a bulb is out, it could affect the entire string, rendering the lights useless. Some holiday lights have bulbs that can be replaced, but if you don’t have any replacement bulbs, it could be easier just to replace the old string of lights entirely.
When packing your holiday lights at the end of the year, take the time to wrap them properly so they don’t get tangled. Your local hardware or home goods store likely has spools made specifically for holiday lights, and once you’ve wrapped the lights around the spool, store them in a sturdy plastic bin and put them in your storage unit until next year!
Take Inventory of Your Decor
This step can be completed either when you’re taking your decorations out of storage or when you’re putting things away at the end of the season, but it can be beneficial to take inventory of your decor each year. There might be some favorites that you put on display every year, along with family heirlooms such as an ornament or a seasonal figure. You know you’ll keep these items forever, but what about those plastic pumpkins you bought several years ago that are starting to look a bit dated?
Taking stock of your decor can help you keep everything at a manageable level, and as things begin to look dated or become damaged, you can toss or donate these items and store everything else. You can always find more decor for your home, and getting rid of certain things every so often can help you not to have to worry about running out of storage space, both at home and in your self-storage unit.
Find A Storage Space Today
As you’re decorating your home this year for the fall and winter holidays, you’re probably not thinking about where you’ll store everything once the year is over. However, if you want to take the stress out of finding a spot to store all of your Halloween, fall, and winter holiday decor, come to EZ Storage® today. We have several locations across the greater metro area, and each one has plenty of self-storage unit options from which to choose.
We look forward to seeing you soon!