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How to Protect Your Holiday Decorations During a Move

How to protect your holiday decorations when moving

Maybe you’re the type of person who carefully wraps up every decoration right after Christmas, and then places perfectly labeled bins full of décor into the attic or garage. In other words, you’re super organized, and your San Antonio movers will think it’s a breeze to load all your holiday décor into the truck on moving day. But if you’re like most people, this isn’t the case!

Perhaps some of your nicer ornaments got the royal treatment and are nicely packed in cushioned boxes…and then the rest of the décor is just squished into a closet in a disorganized pile, ready to fly out the second someone opens the door.

If that’s the case, you need these tips on how to pack and protect your holiday decorations during your move.

Get Organized

First, don’t make the mistake of tossing all your décor into the same box. Even if it’s all pretty sturdy, this packing tactic won’t make it very easy for you to find what you’re looking for the next time you decorate for the holidays. This should especially be on your mind if you plan to decorate as soon as you get to your new home!

So spread all your decorations out on the floor in front of you, and then put them into groups that make sense to you. This might mean putting all Christmas linens—such as towels, blankets, and rugs—into one box, and then putting all wooden décor (e.g. signs, lawn ornaments, and statues) into another box. Be sure to keep your fragile items together in a smaller box, with plenty of protective bubble wrap.

Another organizational tactic is to group your décor by room. So if you have rugs, towels, a soap dispenser, and candles for the bathroom, put them all in the same box or bin. If you have figurines, framed photos, and stockings that go on your fireplace mantel, keep those in one box. Whichever way you organize, just make sure you label your boxes so your San Antonio movers know where to put them.

Properly Pack Your Ornaments

Most Christmas tree ornaments are both small and fragile, which is a recipe for disaster if you don’t pack them the right way before your San Antonio movers arrive on moving day. To avoid damaging or losing your ornaments, make sure you have some small boxes or even a few egg cartons to store them in. You can also buy ornament storage boxes to keep them safe all year, but any small, sturdy container should work.

Wrap the glass ornaments in bubble wrap before you put them in a box. The secret is to make sure they won’t move around in the box, so if there is leftover space, fill it with more bubble wrap or crumpled paper. Then tape the box shut to make sure they stay in during the move. You can pack up any other fragile items, such as glass figurines, the same way.

Keep Your Christmas Lights Untangled

Sure, you could just throw your many strands of lights into a box and call it a day. But you’re going to hate that idea when it’s time to pull out the décor and have to untangle all those lights!

So when you pack up your decorations, wrap each string of lights around the outside of an empty paper towel tube or wrapping paper tube. You can also wrap your lights around a square piece of cardboard or even a plastic hanger. Either way, you’ll be glad you did this the next time you get out your lights to decorate the house.

If you need help packing your holiday decorations or any other belongings, it may be time to call in the professionals at your local San Antonio moving company. At 3 Men Movers, we can help you pack your possessions, load them all in the truck, and unpack at your new home! Contact us today to find out more.