How to Properly Store Your Christmas Decorations

As the festive season draws to an end, it’s time to say goodbye to the sparkling lights, glittering ornaments, and the warm glow of your Christmas decorations. But what’s the best way to keep those cherished items safe until next year? Get Simple Box has the perfect solution: shipping containers! Trusty metal boxes aren’t just for transporting goods across oceans. They’re also your holiday storage superheroes. In this post, we’ll guide you on how to properly store your Christmas decorations in a shipping container, whether you opt for shipping containers for sale or storage container rental.

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Portable Storage The Perfect Solution

Are shipping containers a good idea for storage? Let’s consider the options:
  1. Get a Shipping Container for temporary and portable storage
  2. Rent a space at a Mini-storage warehouse
  3. Store things in your garage, basement, or a room of your house
If you don’t feel like going back and forth to a storage facility during the holidays, you might want to think about portable storage. Look for “portable storage near me” to find any of our locations that will bring the container right to your doorstep. It’s like Santa delivering gifts, but for your decorations!

Choose the Right Size of Shipping Container

Let’s talk about containers before getting into the specifics of storing decorations. Whether you’re considering shipping containers for sale or storage container rental, it’s crucial to choose the right size. For most holiday storage needs, a 10 foot shipping container or 20 foot shipping container should do the trick. If you have all your house with Christmas lights extravaganza, you might want to go for the 40 foot shipping container – the more, the merrier!

Clean And Wrap It Up

Before packing away your holiday treasures, give everything a good clean. 
  • Wipe off the dust
  • Remove any sticky residue
  • Check for broken ornaments. Once your decorations are sparkling clean, wrap them up in tissue paper or bubble wrap. For fragile items like glass ornaments, consider using specialized storage boxes or dividers within your shipping container to prevent breakage.

Label All Boxes and Bins

Remember that feeling of frustration when you couldn’t find the star for the Christmas tree topper? Avoid the holiday headache by labeling your storage containers. Pick up a cheap pack of labels or even name tags from the dollar store or an office supply store. Simple names such as “decorations” “lights” “nativity” will make it easy to find exactly what you need from your storage space next season. Clearly mark each box with its contents so that when you’re ready next year, you can easily locate the items you need.

Tempeture and Humidity in your container

Shipping containers are excellent for keeping your belongings safe and secure, but they’re not climate-controlled. If you’re storing items that are sensitive to temperature fluctuations – like wax candles or vintage decorations – consider adding some climate control measures such as extra container vents or a small heater. Make sure that your Shipping Container is sitting on dry ground or dunnage so that moisture is not absorbed up through the floor. Also make sure to only store dry things inside your container. A desiccant, such as a DampRid Tub, can help absorb moisture and keep things smelling fresh, ensuring your decorations stay in perfect condition.

Make Use of Container Shelving and Floor Space

Stack and Store Strategically to maximize your storage space. One feature of Shipping Containers are the “D-rings” along the ceiling that can be used to hang container shelf brackets from. This enables you to load bins and totes and fragile items along the container walls, while keeping the floor of your cargo container clear for bigger items, such as artificial Christmas Trees and light displays. A good rule of thumb for storage is to always load the biggest things first. Place heavier items at or near ground level and the lighter or fragile items on top. Create layers with sturdy, durable boxes or totes, ensuring that your festive treasures are secure and organized while in storage.
Shelves in modified shipping container


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2 Responses

  1. My husband and I are thinking about getting a self-storage unit partly to store all of our holiday decorations in. If we do we will have to make sure that we label all the containers well like you suggested. I think that would help make things less stressful and quicker when we needed to find something again.

  2. I have a lot of Christmas decorations, and I need to find a new place to store them. I have been considering getting a small self-storage unit for the boxes. Thanks for pointing out that I should consider labeling all of the boxes.

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