As soon as New Year’s passes we start to think about packing up and putting all the decorations away along with our lights and the tree. If you have an artificial tree there’s usually a really big box that it comes in and that will hold up for many years of storing your tree. That part is pretty simple. Taking the tree apart and placing it back in the original box can get a little complicated because you have to just about flatten your branches to get them to fit. This can be done but it does take some time. The next part is a little harder because it will be necessary to find a place to store this big awkward heavy box. Our tree is destined for the upstairs attic but this can really be stored anywhere that you have a lot of room. The garage isn’t the best idea because rodents can find their way into your box so I would recommend an attic or possibly the basement. If you want to store your tree in the basement make sure it’s at least a few feet off the ground. This is necessary to allow for sewer back-up or even flooding in the spring. Artificial trees are very expensive so in order to keep your investment sound this is the best advice I can give you for storing your tree. If you had a live tree for this holiday season then the only thing you will have to do is take all your decorations and lights off the tree and drag it to the curb. Some trees can get really heavy so I would ask for the help of others to accomplish this.
The next step is to start packing away your decorations. I’ve found that if you purchase a few large storage containers they will work very nice in storing your lights, bulbs, tinsel and garland. The tip I’m going to give you now has really made my life a lot easier when packing everything away for next year. I take smaller boxes that I’ve received gifts in and I use tissue paper to wrap my glass decorations in and then I mark the outside of the box with whatever is inside and place it in one of my large bins. There’s quite a lot of room in the storage bins so I manage to put several boxes in them and since everything has been wrapped in tissue paper and each box has been marked it makes it so much easier next year when I start decorating again. It does take a little extra time to accomplish this but I promise you it will be so worth it when it’s time to start decorating again. You will know what is in each box and you can pull out each box as you need it to decorate the tree. We do this for our lights and for all our decorations on the tree. The snow globes take up a lot more room so I wrap them and secure them in one of the bins so that I’m sure that they will not be broken when they are stored.
I have a large village that comes with several houses. I have found that the best storage for these is to pack them each in the original box and then place them in the larger container. This has worked for me for years and I haven’t lost a piece yet.
Now that you’ve packed everything away. Put the containers where you want them to be till next year.
It’s time to tackle the house. I don’t know about you but everytime I take the Christmas tree down and put everything away the house looks empty. This happens every year. But, let’s clean first and then we can figure out how to make the house look the way we want it to after the holidays.
Bring out the vacuum and the furniture polish along with a good dust rag. By the way used cloth diapers make great dusting rags. I’ve found that out over the years. I always try to pass my good tips along to help and I hope they do.
First things first. Always dust first because it will do no good to vacuum and then dust because whatever you’ve dusted may get on your clean carpets. So, take my word on this and dust first. We leave our tree and decorations up for about a month so by the time we put everything away the house needs a good dusting. I like to use a lemon scented furniture polish because it makes the house smell so fresh and clean. When all the dusting is done you can start the vacuuming. We usually vacuum the entire house to make sure we’ve mangaed to get every piece of dust, paper or maybe even the stray piece of tinsel. Although I will say tinsel is not really good for your vacuum so if you see it on the floor your best bet is just to pick it up and discard it.
Now that the christmas decorations are packed away and we’ve dusted and vacuumed it’s now time to cheer the place up a little. This year I came up with a new idea for January and I love it. Every Christmas we take lots of pictures and usually after the holidays we put them away. This year we took our favorite holiday pictures and we framed them and put them around the house. We have them in the living room, dining room and kitchen. The Christmas cards that came with pictures attached I put on the fridge. Everyone sure enjoys looking at them and it really adds to the cheerfulness of the room. I really like this idea because it feels like it’s an extension of the holiday. All our decorations are right there in the pictures for us to see along with our family and friends. I hope at least some of these tips have helped you. Happy New Year!