Christmas hasd come and gone. Now you are ready to take those decorations down. You have many ornaments you want to keep safe. Next year, you really don’t want to untangle a huge ball of Christmas lights. You’re tired of losing tree “branches” for that artificial tree. If you’re looking for tips and tricks on keeping your decorations safe, then Texas Banter and I have come up with some ideas!!
- When taking down the individual branches on the artificial tree, combine every branch that responds to a particular level. If your branches are labeled by a color or letter, gather the greens or H’s and tie them together with rope. Continue this for the remaining branches and box like you normally would. Having the branches bundled allows for an easy set-up next year!
- Another trick on keeping branches apart, use separate boxes. Take your green, red, white and brown branches and put them all in different boxes. Green in one, red in one, and so on and so forth. Be sure to label the boxes. If you don’t label, you’ll never know what color is in there. It could get really frustrating.
- Use a water hose reel. When you are taking down the lights, add one string at a time. If you have either 2 or 20 strands of lights on your house, they can all be held on one single reel. Reels can be found at the garden center at Wal-Mart, Lowe’s, Home Depot, and they aren’t expensive at all! If you don’t have an insulated garage or shed, buy a cover for the reel so that the lights don’t get damaged!
- Use a cardboard tube! Once you’ve finished off the wrapping paper, don’t throw away the tube! Wrap your lights around it without overlapping the cords. I would recommend 2 strands to a tube. While you are wrapping the lights, use ELECTRICAL tape to tape the lights down do they don’t slide all over the place. Be sure to find a safe spot from the weather for them.
Making sure they work:
- Through out the year, check on your Christmas lights. If one set stops working, make a note of it. When it comes time to put them back up onto the house, you’ll know what kind of lights to buy.
- Egg cartons are a great tool! Next time you run out of eggs, don’t toss that empty egg carton! Small and round glass ornaments fit perfectly and are protected by those Styrofoam dents. When you are ready to put them into storage, carefully label the carton and always make sure the carton is sitting on top so your ornaments don’t get broken!
- Have you ever gotten a package with tons of the packaging peanuts but have no idea what to do with them? Save them all! Place a small later on the bottom of the box, then strategically place ornaments, and then another small layer. Keep doing this until you reach the top. Then, end with another small layer of the peanuts. Your ornaments are safely nestled between the layers of packing peanuts, thus reducing damage.
There you have it, a few tips and tricks to help preserve and keep your decorations safe! We will create another post soon about keeping your wreaths, candles, etc safe from harms way!