- February 28, 2012 at 9:58 pm #159767
So I really like the uncluttered look, and I’m thinking of putting all of our holiday stuff in the attic. I live in Georgia and worry how the heat might effect things in the attic. Anyone have any experience?? Do plastic things start to break down/smell?? I don’t think I’ll put anything with fabric/cotton up there.
- February 28, 2012 at 10:13 pm #206842
Where is it now? Would the attic really be better? I suspect that the heat would not be good for the plastic.
- February 28, 2012 at 10:54 pm #206843
I think susanintexas would be the one to advise you. IIRC, she has their Christmas stuff stored in their attic… in a rather challenging climate!
- February 28, 2012 at 11:58 pm #206846
I live where it gets very hot and humid in the summer (April to November!) I store my Christmas decorations in large plastic totes that you see in the stores all the time. The only issue I have had is some warped candles, so now I don’t store the candles in the attic. I used to have some decorations I didn’t care about, but have since purged those and have ones I really enjoy. That said, I don’t know that they are heirlooms, which might make a difference for your purposes.
- February 29, 2012 at 1:25 am #206848
I live in South Carolina where it is hot and humid in the summer and I was noticing things in the attic were not looking good. So, as I uncluttered enough, I brought my attic stuff down and stored it in closets. Even though I only use my Christmas stuff once a year, it is so convenient not dragging it out of the attic and putting it back and it’s definitely in better shape living in the air conditioning.
The only things in my attic now are post office boxes for mailing and a big Rubbermaid box of 7 years of tax returns.
So, yes the attic heat makes plastic thing smell bad and everything deteriorates.
- February 29, 2012 at 3:15 am #206851
We have an unfinished, 100% nonweatherproof attic (the single-pane windows let in snow, sometimes – and it doesn’t melt). Our weather isn’t that hot, but the attic’s routinely 110-120 degrees in summer.
i store lots of stuff up there, in plastic totes – the temperature swings don’t bother it. I store winter clothes up there during the summer. Candles, photos, vinyl records, anything you woulnd’t leave in a hot car, don’t put in the attic.
But our holiday decorations are mostly wood, glass & ceramic, and they’ve done fine. I don’t have an artificial tree or wreaths, but plastic tree garland has done well also, and some plastic bulbs for the ceramic tree.
Christmas stuff seems like a good attic option for you, since you don’t have to go up there in the sweltering heat to get it to use. The one thing I won’t store up there is canning supplies, because nobody wants to go retrieve them in July or August.
- February 29, 2012 at 3:42 am #206852
Our weather is certainly hot, but not terrible humid compared to Georgia. We store stuff in the attic in plastic tubs and have not noticed any odor or deterioration. The stuff has been up there for almost 20 years.
- February 29, 2012 at 5:03 am #206854
I think I will give it a shot after I go through our stuff. I think most of it is glass/ceramic and wood. I just hate opening a closet every now and then and seeing the Christmas or Halloween plastic tub in there. I see it almost weekly, but only need it one month of the year. I’d rather hide it away. I put our christmas lights up there the other week when I realized I could probably put it all up there.
- March 1, 2012 at 7:35 pm #206957
If you have a little housekeeping money to spare, you could add some insulation to your attic before you start storing things up there. Could make a big difference in your utility bills as well as make it more comfortable to use the space. Might even get a rebate or tax credit for it.
- March 1, 2012 at 11:27 pm #206967
Insulating the attic itself – as opposed to insulating between the unfinished and finished parts of the house, like the attic floor – is surprisingly expensive, because doing it wrong can cause moisture/mold problems in the attic (and where we live, ice dams on the roof – not a problem in Georgia)
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