December is a busy time for the self-storage business. We usually get an increase in queries for available units, and it’s not uncommon to see more activity from current customers on the lots. People come and go, exchanging seasonal belongings and storing furniture to make room for holiday decorations at home. Some even use their units to hide larger presents, like flatscreen televisions and bicycles, from curious eyes. This time of year also tends to leave people confused about self-storage and Christmas and Hanukkah decor. We’re happy to help answer any questions you have.
What types of holiday decorations can I put in storage?
There is no limit to what you can keep in a climate-controlled storage unit throughout the year. If you live for dressing up your home at the Clark Griswold level, inside and out, we recommend self-storage so your closets and garage remain free for other uses. Store your artificial tree, boxes of ornaments, wooden and plastic outdoor displays, lights, skis and sleds, and other winter items.
If you have holiday-themed towels, sheets, blankets, and other fabrics, put them in a labeled, sealed container so they stay fresh for the next year. Make sure everything is laundered and dry before you pack.
Can I store inflatable decorations?
We’re seeing more of these large Santa and snowman-shaped inflatables on lawns, and we understand why their owners want to put them someplace safe when not in use. You can store your inflatable and its accessories, but make sure you have cleaned all the dirt and grass from the stakes and tethers before you pack. If you no longer have the original packaging, invest in a heavy duty storage bag designed to hold everything.
Can I store decorations made from real pine?
Authentic garlands and wreaths add a nice touch to any home, and smell wonderful when they are fresh. Of course you’ll want to hang onto them for years, and you can store decorations made from live trees if they have been properly preserved. Branches need to be dried (you can search for methods on how to do this), and hairspray or other shellac used on needles so they stay in place. It’s best to have a ventilated, temperature-controlled unit for items like this so they do not spoil.
What is the best way to store Christmas lights?
Dealing with tangled Christmas light cords is sure to leave you frustrated if the packaging is long gone. Save yourself the headache and invest in a good spool or specialized container designed to hold light strands and extension cords. If you own a large collection, label each container according to the light’s color, placement in or on the home, and/or size for easier access the next time you use them.
If you still have concerns about renting or using a self-storage unit for your seasonal needs, feel free to contact us.