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Space-saving Ideas After the Festive Period

12th January 2018

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The festive period is one of enjoyment, indulgence and – at times – chaos. For most people, it is the dawn of a raft of new items in the home, from the pants and socks that occupied your stockings to jumpers and coats and (for the lucky few) new toys and accessories.

The initial instinct is to replace the old with the new, either through recycling or charity shop donations. However, you may not want to dispose of every item. Also, as well as the sea of gifts that now occupy your house, there are a plethora of Christmas decorations that need storing away for another 11 months or so.

In this post, we’ll be covering how best to bring your home back to its efficient space-saving best from decluttering to recycling and upcycling.

Christmas decorations

As November starts to come to a close, the pressure of sorting out Christmas decorations starts to enter the thinking. The staunchly brave among us do not yield to the annual pressures that come from the commercialisation of Christmas, with the festive season seemingly starting earlier and earlier every year.

Regardless of when you do decide to deck the halls and venture into the loft, the inevitable dread will sink in either in the final days of December or – indeed – on New Years Day (coupled with a hangover to boot). Of course, that inevitable dread is the job everyone hates: putting away the Christmas decorations…

Yet before you get the kitchen roll and frayed boxes out, do yourself a favour for next year: take some pictures.

From Christmas tree lights and bauble to snowmen on the mantelpiece… remembering where everything goes can be a real headache. With the advent of cloud storage for most mobile phones, taking a few snaps of how things look in your home at Christmas time should be a relatively easy task to do. It will certainly make next Christmas a lot easier when it comes to setting your stall out in 11 months time. Of course, this doesn’t really work if you move home, but at least you can reference where certain items worked best.

Use sticky labels to mark which boxes contain baubles, lights and festive ornaments – don’t just rely on the cardboard boxes you store them in.

Once you have packed away your decorations and you ascend into the loft, be sure to choose an accessible location that is well-lit or unlikely to spring a surprise if anyone ventures up there in the intermittent period. As entertaining as Home Alone is, it wouldn’t be as fun for a family member or tradesperson to find themselves getting bombarded with festive firepower. Also, come next Christmas, you’ll thank yourself that you made the effort to be so organised.

Christmas tree

If you’ve gone all-out authentic and purchased a real Christmas tree then disposing of it can be a headache. Anyone who has had a real tree knows that even the slightest of brushes can cause needles to shed – with the prickly pests staying embedded in carpets and rugs for weeks after.

Here are three options for getting rid of the real Christmas tree in early January:

1) Take it down the tip

An obvious way to dispose of the tree is to take it to your local recycling centre. Many local authorities operate recycling centres which allow you to dispose of waste and recyclable items in a sensible and ethical fashion. If you’re afraid of littering your car with green needles then using clingfilm to wrap the tree is a good way of keeping it from shedding. However, be sure to take it off before disposing of it in the recycling centre as plastic will contaminate the recycled garden waste.

If you are unable to get to a recycling centre or don’t fancy risking it in your car, then many local authorities will come and collect Christmas trees and dispose of them. However this would incur a fee and you will have to leave it outside in an accessible location.

2) Chop it up

A popular route to disposing of Christmas trees is by chopping up the wood and disposing of it in the garden recycling. Now, many local authorities do not collect garden waste across the winter months, so you may be waiting a few months before it is collected. However, at least it is out of the way and stored ready to be disposed of ethically.

3) Use it for firewood

If you have a log burner, using a chopped-up Christmas tree for firewood is a sustainable option. If you are able to, after chopping up the tree, simply dry the wood out in an appropriate location (see our last blog all about log/firewood storage for info), and after time, use it to fuel the fire and heat up your home. Be mindful that not all of the tree will be suitable to burn, so many of the smaller branches may be best disposed of in the garden waste. Also, check local authority guidelines on what can be burned as some areas do have restrictions on what is deemed legal to burn in home log burners.

Struggling for space in your home? Why not consider self storage? With storage units in Cardiff and Bridgend, Easystore Self storage offers a number of domestic storage options – even including storage for your Christmas stuff! Why not contact us today?

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Author: Brendan

Brendan is the owner of Easystore Self Storage.

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