New Survey Reveals Americans Stress Out Over Holiday Decorating

Almost Half Say Decorating is More About Competition Than Holiday Spirit

Almost One-Third Want a ‘Decoration Vacation!’

(November 7, 2018) - While Americans love to deck the halls for the holidays, many say the stress of decorating can make them want to deck their spouses, neighbors and family instead! A new national survey, just released, reveals we enjoy decorating, but it can cause anxiety, friction and competition that can spoil the spirit of the season.

The survey, by UNITS® Moving and Portable Storage, a national franchise, reveals:

  • More than 1 out of 3 stress out from holiday decorating (37%)
  • More than 1 out of 3 say the pressure to decorate takes away from the fun. (38%)
  • Almost one-half say holiday decorating is more about competition among neighbors than holiday spirit. (49%)
  • Almost one-quarter say there’s a must-see house in the neighborhood that attracts unwanted attention and traffic. (21%)
  • Almost one-third say they could use a break from decorating — a “Decoration Vacation!” (32%)


The online survey of 502 Americans (273 women, 229 men) reveals more than three-quarters (77%) decorate for two or more holidays a year with Christmas/Hanukkah the leading decorating holidays. But almost one-quarter of the respondents (21%) say decorating can make the festivities fraught with family friction.

Of those who say it causes family friction:

  • 43% say it’s because their partner wants to spend more on decorations than they do.
  • One-quarter say they feel pressure to do all the decorating. (25%)
  • Almost 1 out of 3 say the kids don’t help enough with holiday decorating (28%)


Christmas lights are the biggest decorating challenge as 37% find it frustrating to untangle them.

  • Nearly one-half say it takes an hour or longer to untangle lights. (45%)
  • 13% say it can take half a day or more.


And while we love the holiday hoopla, it turns our homes into a decorating dumping ground.

  • Nearly three-quarters of those stressed by decorating say the biggest burden is taking down the decorations and storing them. (73%)
  • One-third say they have too many holiday decorations and 32% have more than they can manage.
  • Almost one-half say storing awkwardly shaped decorations is the biggest challenge, with Christmas trees the most difficult to store. (47%)
  • 42% say they don’t have enough room for decorations with one-third saying decorations take up too much space in their homes.


“Holiday decorating should be joyful, but we have seen it cause too much unnecessary stress especially because people have no place to store their decorations or don’t know how to pack them properly,” says Michael McAlhany, CEO and founder of UNITS Moving and Portable Storage, “We have created UNITS Holiday Storage Hacks for creative ways to store decorations. We can also free up space in your closets, garage and attics by storing decorations in our containers we bring to your house and take back to our warehouse.”


UNITS Moving and Portable Storage Holiday Decoration Storage Hacks

(links to photos below are for demonstration purposes only, not for print or use publicly)

  • Store Christmas ornaments in egg cartons
  • For large ornaments, consider glueing plastic cups to cardboard to make a storage rack
  • Stack rolls of wrapping paper in garment bags, shoe racks or a wastebasket
  • Use take-out containers for ribbons and bows
  • Stuff cords in paper towel holders and label with gift labels
  • Wrap lights around pieces of cardboard
  • Store wreaths on hangers in a closet
  • Use old stockings to protect christmas candles.
  • Repurpose old linens to safely store nativity scenes or Christmas villages
  • Consider using magazine racks to organize holiday gift bags

Survey Note:


* UNITS® Moving and Portable Storage as the source for this survey.

* This online survey was done by a third party and commissioned by UNITS® Moving and Portable Storage.

* Survey participants have no affiliation with UNITS® Moving and Portable Storage.

* The survey included 502 respondents, 273 women, 229 men.

* Confidence Rate: 95%, Margin of Error: 5%

ABOUT UNITS® Moving and Portable Storage

Established in 2004, UNITS® Moving and Portable Storage was founded by Michael McAlhany during the emerging moving and portable storage industry. The company's mission was to provide personal customer service and supply the most innovative and highest quality equipment. Nationwide UNITS® Moving and Portable Storage are locally-owned and operated and familiar with the communities they serve. UNITS® Moving and Portable Storage offers high-quality constructed containers featuring barn-style doors and all-steel construction. The UNITS® Moving and Portable Storage container is clean, weather-resistant, spacious and available in 16-ft. lengths. The UNITS® Moving and Portable Storage robotic delivery system is the most technologically advanced in the industry, virtually eliminating any shift in contents when lifting containers on and off transport vehicles. The container may be placed in a UNITS® Moving and Portable Storage service center or at the customers desired location, always at ground level for easy access. The national network of UNITS® Moving and Portable Storage and Service Centers currently services over 500 cities in North America with additional locations scheduled to open in 2018.