Properly Storing Your Seasonal Items

Whether they be in the attic, inside the garage, under the bed, or inside the closet, seasonal items can certainly eat up a lot of storage space. Because they are only used occasionally, they tend to spend a lot of time inside boxes and bins. Making sure they are out of the way, but relatively safe for next time you’ll need them, requires knowing how to store them properly. The following are several tips and suggestions you should keep in mind to ensure your seasonal items don’t get damaged during storage.

One of the important things to remember when storing seasonal items is to organize them so they’re packed properly. Some items, like Christmas decors, are rather fragile so making sure they’re snug inside the right kind of containers helps reduce their chance of breaking. It’s also a good idea to label all the items that you’re storing so they’re easier to find when you need them. Also, labeling your items eliminates the need of having to rummage through unrelated boxes, reducing the chances of clutter and making sure your items aren’t handled unless you need to.

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Another important tip you should remember is that your containers should be tough enough to be able to handle prolonged storage. Cardboard boxes, although reasonably strong, and easy to get a hold of, aren’t exactly immune to moisture and damage from insects or small rodents. Airtight plastic containers on the other hand are built to endure such conditions and can safely keep any of your items stored away for an indefinite period of time. If you’re storing things in places where water, mold, or pests can be a potential problem, going for plastic storage bins is the better idea.

If you do use cardboard boxes, getting shelves installed is the best thing to do. Keeping your boxes off of the floors not only keeps people from tripping on them, it also helps keep your items away from damp floors and small pests. Shelves also help maximize the available space in your storage areas so you can store more items. Another good idea would be to rent budget self storage units to keep your seasonal items in. These units are not that expensive and they also provide weatherproof storage for various objects you don’t want lying around in your home.

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There are many other tips you can find concerning the proper storage of seasonal items, and the ones above are just a handful of these. Be that as it may, following these tips may save you the headache of finding your seasonal items damaged and unusable during the times you actually have need of them. Simple things like plastic storage bins or a budget self storage unit does go a long way in ensuring the safety of your seasonal items, and it costs a lot less than having to buy a whole new set of decorations or seasonal clothing. As the old adage says, an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure, and when it comes to storing seasonal items, that saying certainly holds true.

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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Great job. Very useful.


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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Eric!


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

I am terrible at this. I will take big boxes and just pile it in and trow newspaper on it then add some more. Actually it comes through pretty good that way but I sure would not recommend it! lol Great tips you have.


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Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

Another great hub.

Eddy.


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

I like cardboard boxes, stored off the ground and labeled properly. Plastic is forever but at least I can recycle cardboard.


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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Jackie! :) I think more people than will admit to it do, and just cross their fingers. It takes time (something we don't have a lot of extra of) getting organized, wrapping and packing everything properly but it's worth it in the end. I always go after the holidays are over to get the special storage boxes for certain items like ornaments at a discount. And over the years I've been able to stock up on the storage boxes I need.


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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks so much Eddy!

I like cardboard boxes also, I'm really big on recycling! But I do love having the plastic boxes for their life span and if I end up with an extra one I always keep it because at some point I always end up needing it and it saves me from buying more. Thanks FlourishAnyway :)


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teaches12345 2 years ago

I love those plastic see-through bins best. They are such time savers when looking for items stored away. Great suggestions.


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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

I agree, it's nice to be able to see what's in the box! Thanks teaches12345!


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EGamboa 2 years ago from West Palm Beach

Very nice Hub, from an organizational maniac! Although the reason I don't like cardboard boxes is that they are targets for silverfish.


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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Emboa! If you use cardboard it's best if you have shelving so its off the floor.


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alohamaids 2 years ago from Newport Beach

Great advice. I own a domestic referral agency. I have been told that some of our clients are "hoarders." This is great advice, I'll be sure to share.


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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thank you alohamaids I am glad the hub was helpful, and welcome to hubpages!

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