Holidays, Organization

Tips for Where to Store Everything When the Holidays Are Over

Hopefully, by this point, you’ve been able to take down the outdoor lights, the tree, and all your other decorations from the Holidays. But if all those lights and decorations are still in the corner of your living room or den, don’t despair!

One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to just stuff all those decorations away, or to bundle the holiday lights into a nest as you leave a headache in the corner of your garage or basement, eleven months in the waiting.

By taking the time to put everything away in an organized fashion, you are saving time for your future self, avoiding damage to decorations and objects laden with memories, and saving money in the process.

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How to Store Away Holiday Lights

The best case scenario for lights, both outdoor and indoor varieties, is to keep the packaging that the luminous strings originally came with. The plastic frame from this packaging is designed to keep those lights organized and safe from breakage, so why not take advantage.

If some zealous recycler already made short work of those packages, there are still a couple things you can do. Velcro wraps from guitar cables can be re-purposed and will help keep the lights in neat loops for easy storage. An even simpler solution is masking tape, where the advantage is that it can be labelled with information on string length or the location in the home where the lights are hung every year.

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Dead strings of lights can be tricky to dispose of. They contain several different types of materials, including copper, brass and PVC, which cannot typically be placed in your standard city-pickup recycling bin. To be recycled, these strings need to be stripped into their various components.

The good news is that you don’t have to do this work. Most home improvement and home decoration stores will recycle these lights for you: both Home Depot and Lowe’s have recycling programs. Check with your local home improvement store to see if they recycle.

Storing Holiday Ornaments and Collectibles

Making a minimal investment in proper storage containers for these small but beloved treasures can go a long way. It may seem counter-intuitive to bring yet another thing into the house, but a good storage container will create much more space than it takes up.

If possible, looks for ones with adjustable dividers for storing different sized trinkets. Also look for containers that are wider than they are deep, as these can be stashed more places in the house, in the closet, under a bed, or if properly padded inside, standing up behind a couch.

Tape, Paper, Hooks and Hangers From December’s Events

If crafting is something that you only take up one or twice a year, all the small items that come along with wrapping and decoration can be baffling. Minus the luxury of an entire desk or guest bedroom that’s strictly dedicated to paper, ribbon and tape, these tiny items can cause an organizational nightmare, unless, of course, you come up with a novel way to organize the items.

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If you’ve never had the opportunity to be introduced to the ingenuity that is a fishing tackle box, then go out and get yourself one now. Fishing tackle boxes are perfect for organizing all those small, disappear-able items. Additionally, these watertight boxes can be stored just about anywhere: on a shelf, in the garage, even under the sink.

Cookware and Appliances That You Only Use During the Holidays

Whether a gift from the holidays, or the needs of a holiday party caused you to purchase something for yourself, there is often a few new appliances and pieces of cookware in our homes at the start of the New Year. In this case, the question becomes what to do with the old cookware that is now a duplicate.

The answer? Get rid of it as soon as possible! Cookware can be one of the hardest things to get out of the house: so many memories, meals, and good times immediately come to mind when we attempt to rid ourselves of this excess. In an attempt to avoid the sad parting, too many people try to hide away their old appliances, pots, and pans. But be forewarned, once you put that old blender in the back of the cabinet, you will never retrieve it again.

Fortunately, these items are very easy to sell, give away, or recycle. Second hand and thrift stores are always taking these kinds of products, and for the higher value items they can be relatively easy to sell online. Good luck getting everything organized this year!

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Matty is the Content Marketing Specialist for Homes.com. He's a newly minted homeowner who currently lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife. When he's not working, he enjoys writing fiction, working on the house, and enjoying the amazing nature that the city has to offer. He is also the founder of NOVEL Creative Agency.

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