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. Therefore, we must have a holiday decoration storage strategy for every decoration. Whether it is a family heirloom, ornaments or artificial Christmas trees, we need a plan for them all.
The process of putting up and taking down an artificial Christmas tree can be difficult. To help make it easier, we’ve compiled a few quick and easy ideas for storage. Artificial Christmas trees are durable, but you still need to store them properly.
To help your artificial Christmas tree last for seasons to come, there are few things you should do. First, always consult the manufacturer instructions before storing anything. Depending on the manufacturer, you may need to take the tree apart or store it whole.
The best and easiest way to store an artificial Christmas tree is to store it fully assembled. This saves you the time of taking it apart, which is a big convenience. Beware however, 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.
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.
Frosted, flocked or white Christmas trees are particularly sensitive to extreme temperatures. These trees could discolor rapidly in hot storage conditions. Placing artificial Christmas trees in a climate controlled storage unit is a great option to keep the tree looking “fresh” every season.