Are you the friend or family member who’s known for leaving your Christmas tree up until Spring? The taking down of trees and decorations has a reputation for being time-consuming, however, the task really isn’t that bad once you get started.
Taking down the Christmas Tree:
Taking down an artificial tree: Stop trying to cram this tree into the beat-up box it came in. Recycle that and invest in a tree storage bag to make your life so much easier. After you’ve removed all ornaments and lights, simply disassemble your tree in sections and gently lay it in the bag. Then clinch and zip, so you’re ready to pack away your tree until next year. Some artificial Christmas tree bags even have wheels, making your life just a little bit merrier.
Removing a live Christmas tree: The most annoying part of this process for most people is the Christmas tree shedding needles as they work. You can avoid a lot of this hassle by skipping the skirt and laying down a Christmas tree disposal bag instead. These collect all the fallen needles throughout the holidays. And, after Santa’s gone, you can take down your decorations, pull the bag over the tree and it’s ready to be tossed out. Tempted to attack those fallen needles up with the vacuum cleaner? That can damage your machine. Sweep up needles first, then vacuum any remaining glitter, coal dust, and other debris.
Storing Christmas lights:
Zip ties and plastic bags: As you take down lights, wrap them in a loose circle. Once the strand has been removed, fasten the male and female ends. Secure strands with a bread tie or zip tie so that they don’t get tangled while they’re packed away. Wrap the lights in tissue paper or newspaper to prevent them from bumping and breaking. Then, place the lights in a storage container.
DIY cardboard spools: After unwrapping all those gifts, you’re bound to have some cardboard around. Take a piece and cut it into a spool. Wrap your strand of lights around the spool and then join the male and female ends to keep them from unraveling in storage. Tuck them snuggly in newspaper or something similar so that they don’t break, and they’re ready to be stored until next year.
Remove Christmas decorations:
- Taking down holiday tree decorations can be a delicate matter, as many are breakable, homemade, or even family heirlooms. There are numerous storage containers you can purchase for these items. A compartmentalized case with hard sides is definitely a good idea if you need to keep more fragile or sentimental decorations safe and sound while they’re not being used.
- Remove ornaments individually and take the time to gently wipe each with a microfiber cloth to get rid of any holiday dust. Next, wrap each ornament in tissue paper before you delicately place it in your storage container. When storing, make certain this box is placed in an area where heavy items will not be stacked on top of it, as this can cause your ornaments to break.
Now you’re armed with the secrets to quickly and efficiently pack away your holiday decorations. Don’t be the person who leaves the tree up all year. Need assistance cleaning up after Christmas? The ladies at Two Ladies and a Mop are happy to work their magic, so you can focus on getting back into the post-holiday swing of things.