Posted on: 15 September 2022Share
If you live in a small apartment or home, or have limited closet and cabinet space, consider renting a self-storage unit to hold all of your holiday items when they're not in use. This is especially helpful if you love to decorate throughout the year and own a lot of festive items.
There are many advantages to storing your seasonal holiday items in a storage unit, such as freeing up garage space for items you can use year-round like tools and automobile accessories. You'll also be able to use limited indoor storage space to hold other necessities, including shoes, clothing, textiles, and extra food.
When it comes to choosing the right type of storage space for your needs, there are a few things to consider. Since the units are typically available in a range of sizes, think about how much and what type of items you're storing. For instance, if you have large artificial Christmas trees or a lot of yard decorations to store, go with the biggest unit available. You can also measure your items prior to reserving the unit to ensure a precise fit.
You'll also need to decide if you want a climate-controlled space or not. If you live in a very humid area, or if you own vintage or delicate holiday items, a climate-controlled storage unit is most likely the best choice.
Here are some additional tips for storing holiday items in a storage unit:
Clean the Items
To avoid inviting pests, such as cockroaches, mice, and rats into your storage unit, make sure all of your holiday items are clean prior to storing them. For instance, thoroughly wash out and dry any decor pieces that held food, such as candy dishes, cookie cutters and sheets, crackpots, and festive tins.
Removing all debris from your belongings may also protect them from mold and mildew, which feed on organic material. Wash textiles — such as Christmas quilts, blankets, and towels — before placing them into storage bags or boxes.
Protect the Items
Place any delicate pieces, such as heirlooms and antiques, into protective, moisture-resistant bags prior to storing them. Put any fragile items — including vintage wall decor, China plates, or crystal figurines — into sturdy boxes, and label them accordingly.
If you have any glass picture frames, carefully wrap them in bubble wrap prior to placing them into a box. Paper or wood items such as holiday posters and wood signs are especially susceptible to moisture damage, so store them in a climate-controlled unit if possible.