Storing Holiday Decorations—Plus, A Giveaway!

January 6, 2012 | By | Comments (108)

UPDATE: If you were one of the first 75 commenters please watch your Facebook messages for instructions on how to claim your organizing product. Thanks!

Storing Ornaments

When you’re taking down you decorations this  year follow these tips to make it easier on yourself next year:

  • As you remove specific decorations (the garland from the mantle or the strand of lights that go outside) label them with the location you took them from so when you’re decorating next  year you’ll know exactly where each thing belongs.
  • Store dough based or other edible ornaments in plastic bags to prevent pests. You can also use zippered plastic bags as packing material around fragile ornaments.
  • Wrap lights around some kind of solid object like a coffee can, or a shoebox lid and plug ends into each other to keep them from getting tangled.
  • Store wreaths in a sealed container to keep them from getting dusty. If they do get dusty, use salt to clean them when you are ready to decorate next year.

Now for the giveaway! The first 75 people to leave a comment on this post sharing their biggest holiday organizing challenge will win one of three Real Simple Holiday Organizing Products, either an ornament storage box, a pop-up gift wrap organizer, or a wreath storage bag. Be sure to read the official rules below!

Official Rules:
Open to legal residents at 21 or older at the time of entry. Void where prohibited by law. Limited to one entry per email address. The first 75 persons to leave a comment with their biggest organizing challenge will receive one Real Simple Holiday Organizing Product, which has a retail value of $13. Each winner will be contacted by Real Simple via Facebook, and must then provide their full name, telephone number, and mailing address, or their entry may be disqualified. Sponsor not responsible for any damage to computer equipment related to participating in this promotion. Items being distributed are not transferable or redeemable for cash. Consumers who obtain items are responsible for any and all taxes. Promotion begins at 4:30 p.m. EST on 01/06/2012 and ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on 01/09/2012 or while supplies last. Employees of Real Simple, Time Inc., or any related companies are not eligible to enter or win. The winners may be required to complete an affidavit or eligibility and waiver of liability before prize can be awarded.