Welcome to Military Mondays! In this series you’ll find lots of storage tips specifically for members of military and their families posted each Monday.
The holidays can be one of the most stressful times for families of military members living on or off base together. They bring up lots of questions, such as “Where am I going to find cobs of corn while living overseas?” to “Should we store our holiday decorations or buy new ones each year since we move duty stations so often?”
While each family’s needs are different, most want to hang on to holiday decoration items from year to year. Read on for some tips on how to make storing and moving those decorations easier plus how to use them when the space isn’t permanent.
Storing and Moving Holiday Decorations While In the Military
- Choose Storage Based on Your Space – How to store and move holiday decorations really depends first on how much space service members and their families have on or off base. A small on-post space that includes only a small storage space is vastly different than a privately purchased home that has a full-sized garage and basement. Depending on available space, it may be best to look online for a self-storage unit around your apartment or home and utilize it for the extra storage space needed when storing holiday decorations.
- Pare Down All Decorations Before Moving – I think you’ll agree that a torn strand of garland or a snow globe you broke two years ago doesn’t deserve to make the trip from Florida to Colorado, right? However, it’s also important to think about what actually will and will not work decoration wise as well. Think about whether the outlets will be the same at your new location or if you’d be better off purchasing new items with the correct plugins there. Before relocating, if there’s enough time, take a moment to go through and clear out anything that you can’t see yourself using at your next location. If your family will be relocating overseas, this is an especially important tip since most outlets are different and packages are priced by weight when shipped.
- Pack Everything in Colorful Totes – I’ve mentioned this in the past, but colorful totes really are the way to go when it comes to packing up the holidays. Holiday specific colors, such as red and green make it so easy to find materials the next year. Imagine preparing to move for the third time in three years but already knowing what’s in all your storage containers just by looking at the color of them. Appealing thought, isn’t it?
Temporary Decoration Innovations
Shelves – Shelves are the answer to any living quarters where holes in the wall are frowned upon. Sure, they still make some holes but not as much as hanging each item individually by far. Around the holidays, shelves provide the perfect spot to put up photos of family and even hang stockings.
Command hooks – These temporary hooks don’t require any holes in the wall. Use them to string lights up around a doorway.
Holiday linens – Switch out the couch throw blanket for a warm, red knit one and exchange the pillows that come stock with your couch for more festive ones for an instant holiday lift. Same for kitchen towels and tablecloths, bed linens and front door rugs.
The holidays represent a wonderful time for reflection and pause in our busy worlds, something especially true for our military and members of their families. Check back next week for another Military Monday post!
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