If you love your home décor (and don’t we all?), chances are you’ve managed to amass quite a sizable collection over the years. Which is all nice and dandy, until it comes down to pulling it down and storing it away unless you are thinking to store it in your composite decks.

This especially applies to seasonal décor – Christmas décor, Easter décor, spring décor, fall décor, Thanksgiving décor, Halloween décor; never mind everyday décor items that we may feel the need to change every once in a while.

Where to Store your Home Décor

Whether it’s seasonal or everyday decorations, you need to get creative with where you store it – unless, of course, space is not a problem and you can afford to have a room dedicated to decorations storage.

Which is not all of us…Which leaves us with a few options to choose from:

The attic – If you haven’t got around to repurposing your attic just yet, this is always a good place to keep stuff you don’t use on a regular, and home decorations just happen to be one of those things.

Basement or garage – The basement or garage are other obvious spots to store out-of-season décor, unless you live in an apartment.

Storage cabinets – In which case you may opt to use a storage cabinet in the house, although this works best if it’s sizable enough or you own the property and have the liberty to build your own furniture cabinets. It doesn’t necessarily have to be dedicated for décor storage – it could be a media console in the living room perhaps, a built-in bookcase in the office etc.

Décor closet – This also works best for those who have space to spare. Again, it doesn’t need to be a space specially set aside for décor storage. It can be a clothing closet in a guest bedroom that is rarely used, for example.

Storage facility – If none of the above options apply, you can always rent a storage unit from a trusted, secure public storage facility. The good thing about public storage facilities is that they’re not only available to everyone, but they can also be used to store just about anything. You can also rent a storage unit for as long as you need, and at a price that doesn’t leave your wallet wincing.

Packing Your Décor Items for Public Storage

Should you choose to go with the latter option, there are a few pointers you need to keep in mind.

  1. Embark on a decluttering mission – The cost of storage units is determined by among other factors, the size of the unit. The more items you want to store, the more room you’ll need, and consequently, the costlier the bill you’ll be staring at. That said, it’s important to purge your décor items first and leave out the old stuff and anything else you rarely use or feel inspired by. After all, what that also does is help you in getting rid of old energies. Everybody needs that, not to mention the good vibes that come with donating stuff to those who could find it useful.
  2. Store in groups – After narrowing down your collection, next you need to sort and organize. This helps keep like items together while also making it easier to find exactly what you need on the go without having to rummage through a million bits and pieces just to find a certain piece. You can group them by type, finish, or even season.
  3. Separate fragile items – Any fragile and breakable pieces need a bit of extra care when packing. These fragile pieces will consist of any items made from glass or ceramic. Beaded items and string lights also go into the breakables pile, as do most of the ornaments in your collection.
  4. Opt for plastic containers – Plastic containers are better for storing décor pieces compared to cardboard boxes. While it has its advantages, a climate-controlled environment is not needed for décor items – unless we’re talking paintings and fine art pieces. Plastic provides a perfect barrier against the outside environment and can better keep moisture and dust at bay. Plus, you can use them for years on end.
  5. Pack with care –A good deal of your home decorations are probably breakable. If so, you might want to wrap them individually first (depending on the inventory) and if you’re putting them together in the boxes, to include padding when and where it’s needed. That should keep your décor good as new while also reducing the danger of breaking anything during retrieval.
Cameron Green

Cameron Green is a graduate of the University of Colorado with a degree in Business Logistics. He has been a self-storage expert and consultant for 15 years. His prior experience includes managing a self-storage facility and logistics planning. His background includes roles in operations management and as a professional organizer. In his free time, he is an amazing astronomer and a mentor in small business development programs. He also enjoys mountain biking and is a volunteer in local community organizing.

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