What to Do with Holiday Decorations When the Holiday Is Over

 Any holiday is a fun excuse to decorate. No matter what the event is, you can take the chance to put up some decorations around your home, both inside and outside. It's a great way to get into the holiday spirit, whatever time of year it is. But when it's time to take your decorations down (or swap them for the next holiday), you have to decide what to do with them. Should you simply put them away until next year? Are they worth keeping? Is there anything else you can do with them?

There are a few things you can do with your holiday and seasonal decorations once you've finished with them. Take a look at these ideas to help you decide on the best move.

Sort Through Them

Over the years, you can collect a lot of decorations. You might buy them while traveling, pick them up from markets, receive them as gifts, or just buy them on impulse from a store. Wherever they come from, you might end up with a lot of them. Over time, some of them might not be in great condition, or perhaps you no longer like them. Some could be mismatched with the rest, no longer looking good next to other decorations. So it's a good idea to sort through all of your decorations and decide which ones you want to keep and which ones should go.

Sometimes you need to be strict. You might feel sentimental about some decorations, even if they're not really usable anymore. There are a few ways to deal with this. Some people will just choose to keep them anyway. But if you would rather get rid of them, consider taking a photo so that you still have the memory of them.

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Put Them In Storage

Boxing up your decorations and putting them away until you next need them is obviously a sensible plan. Just make sure that when you pack them up, they're protected. As well as preventing any breakages, you also want to ensure they're protected from extreme temperatures or high levels of moisture. Many people will just use their attic or maybe a closet to store their decorations. But you could also look for cheap storage units near you if you would rather not have them cluttering up your home. Climate-controlled storage will help to protect your decorations so they're intact when you need to use them next.

Repurpose Them

Getting rid of a decoration that you don't want to use anymore seems a shame. As well as feeling like a waste of money, it's not the most eco-friendly move. However, another option that you have is to repurpose your decorations into something else. Holiday decorations could become more permanent home decor or you could use them for all kinds of crafts. If you're a fan of doing a little DIY and being creative, you don't have to let your old decorations go to waste. There's plenty of inspiration out there to help you come up with ideas for what to do with them.

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Donate Your Decorations

If you have some decorations that you don't want to keep, consider donating them. There are various places that might take them as donations, such as thrift stores. They can go to a new home, instead of taking up space in yours. If you can't find a thrift store or a charity you want to donate them to, see if you have any family or friends who might take them off your hands.


When you have decorations that you don't want to keep but that might not be suitable for donation, you might be able to recycle them. You'll find that some stores will specifically take decorations, such as lights. There are other ways to recycle your decorations too, including through your home recycling collection.

Keep Them for the Season (or Even Longer)

Can't be bothered to take your decorations down just to put up some new ones when the next holiday comes around? Maybe you don't need to. Keeping your decorations up for longer might be a little unconventional, but there's nothing wrong with it. Instead of choosing decorations specific to one holiday, consider theming them on the current season. That way, you can keep them up for months. Or if you're feeling especially lazy, some decorations could even stay up all year if you choose them wisely.

You have a choice of things you can do with your holiday decorations. Whether you get rid of some, box them up or keep them up, it's up to you.

Read also:

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