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How To Store Your Holiday Decorations

It’s that time of year again! Many are finding themselves eager to take out their Christmas decorations and get their home looking festive for the holidays. Unfortunately, it’s all too common for that excitement to turn to frustration as you find yourself forced to untangle lights and rummage through broken ornaments. If you are sick of facing the same issues every year when unpacking holiday decor, then it’s time to take some extra precautions this year to ensure Christmas of 2020 isn’t the same way.

Here at The Mobile Attic, we know about storage, and we’d love to offer some tips to make next year as smooth as possible. Follow our guidelines below!

Christmas storageTangle-Free Lights

Now, one of the biggest problems we hear homeowners dealing with this time of year is Christmas lights that are all messed up and tangled together. Well, there’s actually an easy fix to this, and all it takes is some extra cardboard from all those gifts and packages you’ve received over the last few weeks! Just cut out a few small rectangles, then wrap your lights around them – it’s that easy!

We also recommend writing down what size they are and where you used them. You can easily jot a few notes on the piece you wrapped the strand around, so that next year you’ll be able to string them up in no time.

Better Organized Ornaments

If you find yourself with broken ornaments every year, then finding something soft to wrap them in for next year is a must. Old newspapers or even a roll of paper towels can make all the difference in preventing a broken mess the following year. Simply wrap them individually, then place them in a small storage container with a lid. You’ll be all set in no time!

Do you use ball-shaped ornaments? There are multiple easy solutions for that! Many place them in the separators used for hauling beverages, then stack those in a big storage bin. They’ll stay in-tact and organized all year long! Or, if they’re shatterproof, simply store similar-sized trinkets together in shoe boxes, small storage bins, or plastic bags. You can even use egg cartons, beverage trays, or small unused boxes for the smaller trinkets!

An Efficiently Stored Tree

Have an artificial tree that you use every year? Those bulky branches can take up a lot of room in your storage space, and knowing the best way to stash it without causing damage can be a challenge. Well, why not try shrink-wrapping it? It may seem a bit unconventional, but wrapping your tree in cling wrap is an easy way to keep it together and protected throughout months in storage.

Another tip is to invest in a sturdy tree-storage bag or simply make your own from dust sheets or something similar. All in all, trying to fit it back in the original container is typically a no-go, and using that old cardboard box usually isn’t the best bet anyway. You want something that will keep it as safe as possible, so cover it well, then keep it in a temperature-controlled environment to guarantee many more years of use.

Hang Your Wreaths

If you’re the type that puts up multiple wreaths around your home every year, then you may find yourself struggling to find a place to put them all once the holidays adjourn. One suggestion we love is to invest in a cheap clothing rack, then hang your wreaths on that! If you have a big room for storage, you can simply stash this in the back of it, or utilize some space in your garage or shed – easy peasy!

Solutions For Garland, Beads & Tinsel

Garland, long strings of bead, and tinsel all seem to fall into the same category when it comes to decor. They’re all long, hard to manage, and they can easily become damaged or tangled when not appropriately handled. If you find yourself throwing these like items all in the same box and hoping for the best, then we suggest taking a different route when the holidays end this year.

First of all, garland should have its own storage bin in which it can be gently placed to avoid damage. Simply lay it in there as carefully as possible, then put a lid on it – good to go! Beaded strings have a simple solution, as well. Just drop them into an empty, clean pop bottle! It may seem like they would easily become tangled, but most report being able to simply pour them out the following year with no problems.

For tinsel, we recommend wrapping it around pieces of cardboard or even old cereal or cracker boxes! Just tape the ends and you’ll be good to go. Trust us – this time next year, you’ll be thanking yourself for taking a bit of extra time to get the job done right.

Out Of Room?

Now, even the most organized and put-together holiday tubs are no good without someplace to store them. If you have everything nicely packed away, but have no extra room in your home for any extra containers or bins, then it’s time to call on The Mobile Attic for some effective storage solutions!

We can deliver an appropriately-sized storage container based upon your specific needs, then once it’s packed up, we can bring it back to our secure facility, where it will safely sit until you need it next year. It’s never been this simple!

Have questions? No problem. Give us a call today, and we’d be happy to help. The care you deserve is just a phone call away!

Holiday Moving Tips

Between buying presents, decorating your home, hosting and attending holiday parties, and more, the holidays are not the best time of year to plan a move. That being said, sometimes this life event is simply unavoidable. For those of you relocating in the near future, never fear! The Mobile Attic is here to offer our advice and services to help you get through this process as smoothly and stress-free as possible.

Spread Out Your Packing Schedule

christmas tree and moving boxesIt may be tempting to put off packing until the week before your move, but this is something we don’t recommend. If you have a few weeks (or months), spread your packing schedule out as much as possible. Start with the items you don’t use on a regular basis (like all of those things in your storage closet or in the basement), then move on from there. Trust us – this will really help streamline things come moving day!

Fortunately, we have a way to help you make this process as easy as possible. You can simply rent a moving container from us weeks in advance, fill it at your own pace, then call us back when you need it moved. You won’t be forced to get everything done in one day (like you would with a moving van), and you can easily pack things up ahead of time. Along with this, the containers are delivered directly to your home, so you’ll be able to easily access anything you’ve previously packed, should the need arise.

Call today to speak with us about what size container would work best with your needs, and we can get something set up. When you work with The Mobile Attic, it’s all about you!

Plan For Unexpected Expenses

Now, the holidays are known for putting a bit of a strain on anyone’s budget and throwing a move into the mix doesn’t make things any easier. Make sure you confirm and track all payments with the companies you are working with, and set aside as much as you can for those unexpected expenses that are bound to pop up along the way.

Keep in mind that this may put a dent in your holiday budget – and that’s ok! Anyone who is aware of your situation will understand, and it’s okay to keep things simple for one year. In the long run, you’ll be happy you planned ahead and maintained a steady budget.

Have Extra Boxes & Wrapping Paper? Perfect!

As we said, big moves tend to cost more than we plan for, but you can save a bit here and there by reusing boxes from any gifts for packing purposes. Along with this, be sure to hang onto that old wrapping paper! It could serve as an excellent cushion for all of your breakable items, as well as save you some money on bubble wrap.

Little things like these add up, so take advantage as much as possible. You’ll be surprised at how much you could save by taking a few shortcuts here and there.

Make A Donation Box

The holidays are all about giving, so consider donating things around the home. This means less packing for you, and countless other families could benefit from your generosity. Moving is a time for fresh starts and new beginnings, so go through your home and clear out all that stuff that has been building up dust in your closet. You’ll be helping others, and we guarantee you’ll feel a weight lifted off of your shoulders at the end of it all – it’s a win all around.

Prepare For All Types Of Weather

You never know what the weather will bring, especially here in Nashville, so be prepared for cold temperatures, ice, and snow. Make sure you keep your winter coats, gloves, hats, and boots out so that you can keep as warm as possible when hauling boxes out of your home. And don’t forget the snow pants for the kids, either! They may want to play outside while you’re busy loading up, which is great for everyone – they burn energy and you have the space you need to stay as productive as possible.

Some other weather-related tips include:

  • Pack as much as you can in water-proof containers to ensure nothing gets damaged.
  • Put cardboard or old sheets by the front door to minimize tracking into the house and to prevent falls and slips.
  • Invest in rock salt for your driveway, outdoor steps, and sidewalks to ensure no accidents occur.
  • Make certain the heat is on and running in your new home, so you can stay warm and comfortable in your new space.
  • Keep a shovel handy.

Maintain That Holiday Spirit!

Stressful events like this can put a damper on anyone’s spirit in a hurry, but we urge you to make sure you’re still setting aside time to celebrate and appreciate the holidays. Plan a couple of family outings where you and your loved ones can get away from the stress of it all and enjoy some time out together. Also, don’t pack away all of your decor. Leave at least some of your Christmas-themed items out, so you maintain a festive ambiance.

Christmas is a special time of year, and it always comes and goes too fast, so enjoy it as much as you can! And if you need a hand, you know who to call – The Mobile Attic crew! We would love to help you with your move, so reach out today with any questions. We look forward to speaking with you soon!