Tips for packing Christmas decor

Packing Tips - December 4, 2018

Christmas decorations are something exceptional. But they are also too fragile to be handled, packaged and stored just like any other household items. And when it comes time to move the seasonal decorations to another house, the delicate task of packing Christmas decor is nothing more than a test.

Christmas decoration angel
Decorations can be very valuable, so you should be very careful when packing Christmas decor

How to do packing Christmas decor for the move?

In fact, you can ask yourself this question if you plan to move to a new home soon after a holiday has ended. Or, if you need to repackage the festive decorations already stored, simply because after the last holiday season is over, you did not even think about packing them in such a way that they survive in the residential movement.

Here are some practical tips on packing Christmas decor that will help you keep the holiday spirit even after your long-distance move.

Get the right packaging for your Christmas decorations

  • Original packaging. The best way to keep your holiday decorations on the road is to pack them in the initial packaging in which you bought them. It is no secret that the original packaging provides the best protection. Not only for your precious Christmas decorations, but also for any other fragile household item that you have. That is why the original packaging should always be on your list of moving supplies.
  • Carton boxes. You do not have to worry if you don’t keep the original storage containers, as there are always good options when it comes to packing fragile items. Look for small and medium-sized cardboard boxes in good condition, make sure they are durable, clean and dry. Shoe boxes are never a bad choice. But the best option for this is still – boxes with individual cardboard dividers for each decoration.
  • Plastic bins. Plastic containers are ideal when it comes to packing Christmas decor when moving homes. Especially if they have dividers, like some liquor boxes. The strength of plastic boxes ensures that your valuable decorations will not be broken during the move.
Christmas decorations - Santa
Plastic boxes are ideal for packing Christmas decorations with high sentimental value
  • Unusual moving containers. Be creative when looking for practical ways to pack Christmas decorations. Christmas cookie jars can be extremely useful for storing small decorative objects. While egg cartons will keep your individual Christmas balls in their compartments.
  • Protective wrapping. Bubble wrapping will be indispensable as you are packing Christmas decor to move the house. So make sure you get more air-filled plastic sheets than you think. You can always pack other fragile items in your home with the leftovers.

Pack your Christmas decorations in the right way

Having received the necessary packaging materials, it is time to do business. Follow these simple steps to learn how to pack a Christmas decor to move safely.

Step 1. Sort your decorations

In fact, it makes no sense to devote precious time to packing and moving Christmas decorations that you no longer like. Or broken, worn, scratched or even badly outdated, which have already proudly served their original purpose. Your upcoming relocation is the perfect time to get rid of all irrelevant decor once and for all. Throw away your already broken pieces and give away good decor that no longer matches your taste.

Step 2. Fasten your strings of Christmas lights

There is no one universal way of packing Christmas lights in such a way that you will not find them in a confusing spaghetti-like mess after moving. Probably the best way to pack is to use specialized plastic spindles to wrap lights, but they are not free. Another good way is to use empty wrapping paper tubes or empty rolls for kitchen paper. Wrap cords of lights outside the tubes so that they do not get tangled.

Step 3. Wrap the Christmas balls and other extremely breakable items

The packing trick here is to use a lot of wrapping paper and enough bubble wrap for your most delicate decorations. Do not wind the decorations directly on the bubble wrap, as the latter may stick to them and damage them. Especially if you move on hot summer days. Instead, use extra soft wrapping paper first. Then put a protective layer of bubble wrap between the pieces you already wrapped. Finally, place your Christmas decorations gently in a suitable storage container.

Step 4. Protect your wrapped Christmas decorations

After you have safely collected your cherished decorations in boxes of all shapes and sizes, make sure that you fill the remaining space inside each container with shredded paper or bubble wrap or even both. This is an important step that will prevent absolutely any movement inside the moving boxes. A movement that may be too much for your decorative objects.

Step 5. Do not save on black markers

It is important that you write the contents of each packed box on its side for easy identification. Not only after the move but also before Christmas, when you need decorations. This improvised list of what can be found inside each container will save you a lot of time later. Therefore, do not skip this marking step.

Christmas tree with decorations
Also, use the black marker to write “FRAGILE” on the boxes with beautifully wrapped Christmas decorations

Step 6. Mask any minor damage on your decorations

Finally, here is a nice make-up trick that you can use after you finish packing Christmas decor. If you find some scratches on Christmas decorations when you open the boxes in your new home, you can ask your children to put bright stickers over scratches to disguise minor moving damage. Dripping melted wax into slightly damaged holiday decorations and then rolling them down in glitter is another trick after moving that you can use to not lose the festive spirit as a whole.

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