How to Use Your Storage Unit This Holiday Season

Posted December 13, 2021 in Self Storage Tips

Child packing colorful Christmas ornaments into carboard boxes.

Winter is upon us, and that means regardless of your individual tradition, you probably have at least a couple of different holidays coming down the pipeline. Amidst all the chaos, you may struggle to find a good place for all your decorations, presents, etc.

Fortunately, Premium Spaces is right there with you and wants to help. It can all be a lot, and it doesn’t need to be that way. If you take advantage of holiday storage units this season, you might be able to cross into the new year breathing easy and starting on the right foot.

 Embrace efficiency and organization so your holidays are quick, simple, and clean. Follow these tips to make the most of your self storage unit this holiday season:

  1. Label as Much as Possible
  2. Store Items by Holiday
  3. Wrap Lights Before Your Store Them
  4. Candles Need a Cool Environment
  5. When Possible, Save the Original Packaging
  6. Use Holiday Storage to Hide Gifts
  7. Prepare for the Holidays with a Storage Unit

Label as Much as Possible

The first step to organization is knowing what is what and where it goes. This step is made much easier if you label boxes and containers that will be used for several years so that there’s no confusion next year when it’s time to pull everything back out.

For example, if you have a variety of ornaments, try separating them into different boxes specific to each type of ornament. Try not to throw them in carelessly, but delicately (many ornaments are fragile). Wine and liquor boxes are strong choices for holiday ornament storage, but for a more uniform look that will ensure your boxes will stack easily in storage, purchase a few sturdy boxes and consider purchasing a couple of cell kits so that your ornaments have a cushion between them and won’t bang against either other during transport. 

Store Items by Holiday

While it’s true, the Christmas season is upon us, you still need to find a place for your Halloween decorations and other home decor items that you switch out as the season changes. To better find these items for next year, be sure to store related holiday and seasonal items together so that they are easier to find when the time comes around again. Labeling these boxes or storing your items in clear containers will also keep you from having to check every box for what you need.

Wrap Lights Before You Store Them

We all know the hassle of undoing a long length of cord that’s gotten itself into a tangle. It can sometimes take several minutes or more and kills the momentum of your progress.

Get ahead of that problem by setting yourself up for success in advance. Rather than throwing all your lights in a box and deciding it’s a problem for next year, take an extra minute to wrap lights around a piece of cardboard or a wrapping paper tube. This way when you place it in holiday storage, it’s far less likely to get jumbled, or crisscrossed with other lights as the box shuffles around in transit.

For good measure, you can use low-tack masking tape to secure the lights and make sure they aren’t going anywhere until you need them again for next year’s decorations.

Candles Need a Cool Environment

This may seem obvious, but candles are prone to melt. This is true even when their wick is not lit and the environment is too hot.

Ideally, a climate-controlled holiday storage unit should be utilized to prevent candles from melting in the off-season. Try wrapping them in cellophane for good measure, so that if they do melt, they won’t melt into one another, ruining them, making a mess, or at the very least, transferring colors and breaking their aesthetic uniformity.

When Possible, Save the Original Packaging

In the event you have things like candelabra, nativity scenes, Christmas trees, or anything else with a specific size and shape, it’s a good practice to keep the original packaging. In doing so, you guarantee that you have a box that will fit the item, and because it will probably have an image of the item on it, that saves you from needing to make any new labels.

Use Holiday Storage to Hide Gifts

Many traditions involve giving gifts in some capacity, and as any veteran parent/guardian could tell you, kids are always more clever and resourceful than you’d expect. Chances are if there are presents in the house, there’s a good chance they’ll be found if not hidden very, very carefully.

To avoid making this a problem at all, try making the most of a holiday storage unit as a remote, secure destination for gifts. Even if you aren’t “hiding” them but are holding onto them for later delivery at a family event, it can save a lot of space in your house to keep them somewhere clean and climate-controlled, with easy access when the moment arrives.

This way you aren’t stumbling over boxes, wrapped or unwrapped, for weeks or months before the holiday.

Prepare for the Holiday with Premium Spaces

Regardless of what you practice for the holiday, Premium Spaces wants to offer our services and take some stress off your plate.

 Whether it’s long-term holiday decoration storage, or temporary holiday storage to keep gifts away from prying eyes, we have many different storage unit sizes and types to accommodate any needs. Take a look at our convenient storage unit size guide to get a better idea of how large each storage option is, and which ones will best work for you. We also offer a number of, boxes, bubble wrap, and other packing supplies at our facilities to help make packing decorations and wrapping gifts a little easier.  If you have any remaining questions, don’t hesitate to check out our frequently asked questions, or visit a Premium Spaces facility nearest to you.