Dealing with Christmas Decorations and Other Christmas Items

Dealing with Christmas Decorations and Other Christmas Items

Christmas is approaching…which means it won’t be long until it’s time to pack down (sorry, did someone say ‘Scrooge’?!). We don’t mean to spoil the fun, but a little planning goes a long way and can turn a boring, slightly depressing post-Christmas task into an easy pack down.

Here are some tips about how to store your Christmas items so they can be reused next year…

Christmas decorations

The temptation in haste after Christmas is to lump every item together into a large container and get it out of sight. However, you’ll extend the shelf life of your decorations, while making your life easier, if you pack each item carefully for future use. Christmas decorations need to be wrapped and placed in a box or storage container. Put ornaments and baubles in containers which divide each one separately. Colour code and label boxes with descriptions on the outside so you can easily find what you need next year.

Christmas tree (artificial only)

Make sure there’s no moisture on the tree before packing it away. Dismantle it into sections and store the pieces separately in boxes so they’re protected from dust. Don’t forget to label the containers so they can be easily identified next year.

Christmas lights

As tempting as it might be to quickly take down your lights and throw them into a bag, it’s worth doing it properly – you’ll thank yourself next year!

  1. Take an inventory of your lights. Before you prepare them for storage, count how many strands you have.
  2. Untangle the strands. Work from the plug and be gentle with your lights as you untangle to avoid damaging them or worsening any knots.
  3. Test the untangled light strands. There’s no point in storing burned-out lights. Make sure each one works by briefly plugging them into the wall.
  4. Wrap your lights (you can use a range of items, but a heavy-duty coat hanger works well) and store them in a hard-plastic box to avoid breaks.

Gift wrap and gift bags

Salvage whatever gift wrap, gift bags and decorative boxes you can from the carnage of Christmas Day (including wrapping paper, ribbons, tissue paper and so on). You can reuse them all next year – saving you money while being better for the environment too! Store them away in a container.

Many of our customers take advantage of self-storage to pop seasonal items away safely out of sight to be retrieved next year. If you’d like to do the same, get in touch with the Now Storage team by phoning 0800 0787 110 or emailing info@nowstorage.co.uk.

The Downsides To Downsizing

The Downsides To Downsizing

Moving to a smaller home is often a great idea. You can save money, maintenance and remove clutter. But, with the benefits, you also have to think about the downsides which come with downsizing. This post is here to help you out.

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What to do with your house when you go travelling

What to do with your house when you go travelling

Worried about what to do with your house when you go travelling? Here are a few options:

We are a nation struck by wanderlust. We want to escape the everyday and open our eyes to know parts of the world, different cultures and stunning landscapes. But many things can hold us back. Today, we will address one. What to do with your house when you go travelling?

Throw Caution to the Wind

Less cautious. Firstly, sell up everything you have and start planning your around the world trip. This is perhaps the best way to go about things if you’re planning to travel for an extended or indefinite period of time.

The best way to go about things is to give the notice to leave on your rental property once your contract ends, or rent out or sell your property and keep the proceeds in a savings account to be used when you return and intend to settle back down.

You don’t necessarily have to forgo all of your belongings either. You can keep your beloved items in self-storage facilities until your return. This is only really an option for some.

We want to escape the everyday and open our eyes to know parts of the world, different cultures and stunning landscapes

Save Up

Secondly, if you really adore the place you’re in at the moment and can’t bear to see it go, you can always save up sufficient funds to cover your agreed payments until your return. This, of course, means you won’t be able to jump on the next plane out of the country. This provides safeguards if things change.

Take Shorter Journeys

A third option is to take shorter journeys intermittently. This makes your travels feel more like a holiday, but you can get away and check back up on things back home regularly too. Essentially, you get the best of both worlds!

As you can see, you have several options available to you regarding what to do with your house when you go travelling. You can do things completely as you wish according to what’s most convenient for you and your needs. So, don’t put things off any longer! The world is your oyster, and it’s time to start exploring it.

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What Can’t I Store at Now Storage?

We like to think we offer flexible self-storage facilities here at Now Storage. After all, our purpose is to make your life easier, whether you’re using our facilities for personal or business use.

However, even we have rules and there are some things you aren’t allowed to store with us – some are hopefully common sense, while others may not be so obvious…

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Ways To Deal Moving Stress

Ways To Deal Moving Stress

Stress is a part of our lives. Despite the excitement, moving house is incredibly stressful. Luckily there are a few things that you can do to make the whole process easier. Here are 5:

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When Space Gets Swallowed, Where Do You Go Next?

When Space Gets Swallowed, Where Do You Go Next?

Need more space? One of the biggest issues for modern families is space. But for many of us buying a bigger property is not an option. Here are some clever methods to get rid of and store your possessions to make all of the space you need.

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Customer Spotlight

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Each month we publish a Customer Spotlight the variety of ways our storage is used, and also meet some great local businesses. Today is Andrew who is storing with us at our Reading location.

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