As the holiday season comes to a close, you’ll soon find that it’s time to take down the tree and put away the ornaments. If you’re a crafty person, you might even have different types of foam laying around from your DIY holiday projects – so why not take some time to learn about storing foam décor properly? In this blog post, we’ll teach you the best ways to use foam inserts to safely store Christmas decorations, as well as how to store different types of foam you might’ve been using during the holidays.
Storing Christmas Decorations
Taking down your Christmas decorations after the holidays can be bittersweet. Whether it’s your first year buying festive décor for your own place or you’ve been collecting pieces for decades, you’ll still feel sentimental as you pull down the Christmas lights and take the ornaments off of the tree. These decorations can hold a lot of good memories that you’ll want to re-live over and over again each year you put them up. That’s why it’s important that you learn how to store them properly. Accidentally breaking something special can be upsetting, and you can avoid it by adding a few simple steps to your storage process!
Storing Christmas Ornaments
Christmas ornaments can be tricky to store, especially if you have ones made of glass or crystal. Many people have ornaments that they’ve kept for years and years, or that have been passed down through generations of family members. While those cute and crafty ornaments that your kids made may not need any extra protection, many of your other ones do!
For those delicate ornaments, it’s best to wrap them carefully in foam, bubble wrap, or tissue paper before placing them in a storage bin. This will help protect the ornaments from bumping into each other when you’re moving the storage bin around. Another easy Christmas ornament storage hack is to use pieces of mattress foam as protective layers. Just lay a piece of the foam in the bottom of a storage bin and place your ornaments on top. Repeat the process with multiple pieces of foam until you’ve filled the bin with a few alternating rows of foam and ornaments. This trick works best with plastic ornaments because there’s still a chance that they could shift.
Storing Spray Foam
If you had some time off of work around the holidays, then you might have started tackling a few of those household projects that you’d been putting off during the rest of the year. If you had to use spray foam for any of them, then you know how frustrating it can be to try to restart a can when you don’t use the whole thing in one go. If you set it aside for a few weeks and come back to use it again, there’s usually dried-up foam blocking the straw, so you can’t use the product.
So how do you stop this from happening? All you need is an adhesive solvent! When you’ve completed the initial use and you’re ready to store the can for next time, just take the lid off and pour the solvent in. This will start to melt the foam, which stops it from clogging up the can. Do the same thing for the straw, and your spray foam will be in great shape the next time you need to fill in a crack or gap.
Storing Floral Foam
If you like to decorate your home with flowers during the holidays, then you’re probably familiar with floral foam. This foam stabilizes flowers while also holding water, making your florals last longer. Floral foam can last up to 12 months if it’s stored in a dark, dry place. If it’s left in sunlight or exposed to damp conditions, it can turn brown pretty quickly.
Now that you know these tips for storing foam décor, taking down your Christmas decorations will be a breeze! Trust us – your current self will feel much more organized, and your future self will thank you for taking the time to put away your décor carefully.