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7 Tips for Packing Up Holiday Decorations

Now that the holidays are over, many people have already started taking down their Christmas trees and decorations. Some people take theirs down before the New Year while others wait for the Three Kings holiday to pass. If you haven’t already taken yours down, we’ve gathered some tips for packing up your holiday decorations. If you have, these tips will be great to remember for next year. They will help you keep your holiday decorations organized and protected. Plus, decorating your home next year will be more efficient. Next holiday season you’ll be thanking yourself.

Take Pictures of Decorations Before Taking Them Down

A decorated Christmas tree and mantel.

It’s helpful to take pictures of your decorations before taking them down, especially if you want to create the same look next year. After taking the photos, you can place the photos in the box with the corresponding decorations.

Organize Items by Use and Type

A coffee table decorated with small decorative trees and ornaments.

Before packing any of your holiday decorations, it’s best to first organize them by use and type. For instance, keep all the decorations for the fireplace mantel together. If you have multiple trees, you’ll want to keep the decorations for each tree in their own separate boxes. This is also a good time to get rid of things you no longer want to use next year.

Prevent Your Christmas Lights from Tangling

When packing up holiday decorations, it’s often best to use the original boxes and packaging. But if you no longer have them, don’t worry. There are still great options to pack up your items while keeping them safe. 

To safely pack up your Christmas Lights, we recommend using panels of cardboard. You can wrap your Christmas lights around the cardboard. This prevents them from getting tangled up with your other holiday decorations. The added bonus is that you can directly write on the cardboard and label them. It will help you keep them organized by location (Example: Living Room Christmas Tree Lights).

Safely Pack Up Ornaments

An overhead shot of a woman holding a box of ornaments over tree branches.

Again it’s best to pack up your ornaments in original packaging, but there are solutions if you didn’t keep the original boxes. One option is to store them in wine boxes with cardboard dividers. Before placing the ornaments in the box, wrap them in tissue paper to protect them. For more tips on packing fragile items, check out this post.

For less fragile ornaments, you can keep them in clear resealable bags. This way you can easily see what is in each bag without having to unpack it. To keep your garlands like strings of beads from getting tangled up, pack them in water bottles.

Keep Your Holiday Wreaths Protected

A front door area decorated for the holidays with trees, props, and holiday wreaths.

The best way to keep your holiday wreaths in excellent condition is to keep them covered. This protects them from dirt and dust. There are different options for storing your wreaths. You can store them in dust bags or hardshell cases. Hardshell cases are great if you are keeping your wreaths with many other items. It will keep them from getting damaged. If you hang up a lot of wreaths throughout your house and need to store multiple wreaths, consider using a clothing rack. This is a great option if you have sufficient storage space or extra space in your garage.

Label Everything

Labeling everything is the golden rule of packing. Make sure to label all your boxes as you are packing things away. You can use a permanent marker, a label maker, or masking tape you can write on.

Hire a White Glove Moving Company

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We hope these tips for packing up your holiday decorations were helpful. If you’re packing up your holiday decorations while preparing for a move, consider handing it over to a white glove moving company. A white glove moving company like Megan’s Moving can handle the whole process of your move from packing to unpacking. Request a quote for your full-service move today!

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