Holiday decorations for the most part are small in size and relatively easy to store. However, artificial Christmas trees are quite large and can take up quite a lot of storage space. It is important to have a proper holiday decoration storage strategy for your many types of decorations from family heirloom ornaments to artificial Christmas trees. It can also be difficult to put up and take down an artificial Christmas tree, so it is best to use the quickest and easiest Christmas tree storage ideas. Artificial Christmas trees are durable, but you need to make sure that your Christmas tree is stored correctly. So that you can use them for years to come, there are a few things that you should do. You can get many Christmas tree storage ideas and recommendations from the manufacturer's instructions. Some might recommend storing the trees taken apart, while others recommend keeping the tree fully assembled.
How to Store a Fully Assembled Artificial Christmas Tree
One of the best and easiest ways to storage an artificial Christmas tree is fully assembled, because it usually takes a lot of time and work to put up and take down a Christmas tree each holiday season. Another great benefit of storing the tree fully assembled is lights can be kept on during storage. A fully assembled tree does take up a lot of storage space. If you are keeping your tree fully assembled, then it is important to keep it protected from dirt, dust and debris. Placing the fully assembled tree in an artificial Christmas tree storage bag is a great way to keep the tree protected. Artificial Christmas tree storage bags come in a variety of sizes from small to extra-large. Make sure that the storage bag is sized to fit your Christmas tree. Having wheels on the storage bag will help you move the tree much easier. If you are keeping the ornaments on the tree, then you want to make sure that you get a storage bag that does not compress the branches. If your tree is fuller, then you might need to compensate by getting a larger bag. Before you place the tree in storage, inspect the tree and the tree lights from the top down and inside and out. Replace the broken or burnt out bulbs as soon as possible.
How to Disassemble and Store an Artificial Christmas Tree
If it is possible, keep the original boxes for the artificial Christmas tree. If the boxes are in good condition, they can help protect the tree for years to come. If the original boxes aren't an option, then use a storage bin, duffle bag, or boxes which are large enough to hold all parts of the tree. As you start the disassembly process, "unfluff" the tree and compress the branches to preserve the lights, needles and branches. Remove the top section of the tree first and put it aside before placing in a bag or box. Next, take apart the center section of the tree. Finally loosen the bolts of the tree stand and remove the bottom section of the tree. Compress the branches of the tree as you go. Place the branches in bags and then in boxes. Be sure to label the boxes so you know how the branches are to be assembled on the tree for next season.
Christmas Tree Storage Ideas
Frosted, flocked or white Christmas trees are particularly sensitive to extreme temperatures and humidity. These trees could discolor rapidly in hot or humid storage conditions. Store the tree in a lower humidity storage unit away from direct sunlight. Placing artificial Christmas trees in a climate controlled storage unit is a great option to keep the tree looking "fresh" every season.