Top 10 Tips for Holiday Storage
Everyone loves a decked-out holiday home. From the twinkling lights to the cozy wreaths, there’s just something magical about this time of year. Oakland apartment rentals across the neighborhood will soon glow as they illuminate the streets with holiday cheer.
While it’s all nice to look at, decorating and cleaning up after can be somewhat of a nightmare. If you’re tired of the added stress, then take a look at these 10 storage tips designed to help you stay on top of unnecessary messes, clutter, and confusion.
1. Labels, Labels, Labels
To save yourself a headache next year, label absolutely everything. Make sure you know which box contains ornaments and which are for lights, trying to keep as many similar items together as possible. If you need to place two types of decorations into a single box, then make sure to give it two labels.
2. Divide Your Ornaments
Using smaller, divided boxes for your ornaments allows you to keep them safe no matter how odd their shape might be. You can use wine or liquor boxes as a stronger version of the commercial boxes sold around the holidays. Make sure to wrap each ornament in felt or tissue paper to keep them from breaking, too.
3. Wrap Your Lights
No one wants to deal with tangled wires, which is why you should wrap your twinkling lights before putting them away. With a single piece of cardboard, you can avoid this headache altogether. All you have to do is wrap your cords around it and tape the ends in place.
4. Keep Your Candles Cool
It might not be the first thing on your mind when packing up your holiday items, but summer will be here before you know it. There’s one particular decoration that can’t stand the heat, and that’s your candles. Make sure they’re kept somewhere nice and cool. You’ll thank yourself next winter.
5. Original Packaging is the Best
Some decorations are oddly shaped, making them difficult to fit into boxes. Others have small pieces, like holiday villages, that can be easily lost during the packing/unpacking process. That’s why you should always hang onto the original packaging whenever possible. It makes things easy to put away and easier to store.
6. Stack When Possible
If you have any flat or almost flat decorations, don’t be afraid to place them in the same box. Snowflakes, icicles, and other cutout-type décor can all enjoy their summer vacation in the closet together. By placing tissue paper between them, you can ensure that there are no glitter transfers or scratches.
7. When to Use Bubble Wrap
People tend to think the bubble wrap is the first line of defense when packing away fragile items, but that isn’t the case at all. Believe it or not, those delicate ornaments can still be damaged if you don’t wrap them in tissue paper first. A layer of bubble wrap after goes a long way in keeping your decorations safe, but it should never be the first item you use to protect your valuables. Of course, there are always alternative.
8. Repurpose Boxes
Have you ever wondered what to do with a wreath after the holidays are over? There are plenty of decorations that simply do not come with their own packaging, which is why saving every box you can comes in handy. Thankfully, you’ll receive plenty soon enough with gifts.
9. Organize Your Paper
If you’ve ever opened up your collection of wrapping paper only to find a discombobulated mess, then you know what a nightmare it is to reorganize all of your rolls, bows, and more before you begin wrapping gifts. Stay smart this year by picking up and organized storage option. There are models that hang on the back of a door as well as zip-up bags, both of which feature numerous compartments to store multiples of everything you need.
10. The Holiday Tool Kit
Speaking of organizing your wrapping paper, take advantage of the extra slots in those storage options to create a holiday toolkit. You can do the same with a shoe or toolbox, too. Plan this out like a first aid kit, including every item you could possibly need when decorating your home. Here are few essentials to consider:
- Backup ornament hooks
- Wire cutters
- Ribbons spools
- Nylon line
- Twist ties
- Spare holiday light bulbs
- Florist’s wire
- Scotch tape
Whatever you need to make your home holiday-ready, this is where to keep it. Having everything in one place (and clearly labeled, of course) saves you time and effort when decorating.
Oakland Apartment Rentals
Create your ideal space for the holidays with a home at Aventine. These new apartment homes are thoughtfully designed with spacious living areas, modern interiors, and hotel-style amenities for an elevated sense of living. With easy access to Bart and Freeway 80, commuting to San Francisco, Oakland, and Berkeley has never been easier.
Each home within Aventine features the finest in modern finishes from 10’-14’ high ceilings to bay windows that provide scenic views and ample amounts of natural lighting. Quartz countertops accentuate modern cabinetry and steel appliances, while walk-in closets accommodate even the largest of wardrobes. Stacked full size front-load washers and dryers eliminate the tedium of community laundry. Each aspect is designed for the ease of living while creating an enviable space to call home.
The community features a variety of hotel-style amenities designed to cater to every facet of life. Stay active in the fitness studio with state-of-the-art equipment, relax after a long day in the clubroom as you step out on the terrace for sweeping views of the Bay Area skyline, or lose yourself in a book in the on-site library. Furry residents enjoy pampering in the pet parlor, while guests are greeted in a decadent lobby lounge. Organic spaces meet hip lounges to create stylish environments that suit every mood.
We invite you to experience a new type of home in the Bay Area. These apartments are anything but another Oakland address, they redefine the concepts of ease and luxury living. Welcome to Aventine, where home awaits.