Nothing gives me the holiday blues more than having to take down my Christmas decorations. Sure, I’m going to miss the twinkling lights and smell from the Christmas tree, but what really depresses me is having to organize and store away all the holiday junk for another 11 months.
Un-decking the halls is fa la la la la, la la la lame.
This year, my belated gift to you is a few tips on how to make your Christmas clean up a little merrier.
Spend a few bucks and invest in storage for all your decorations. I have two storage containers: one for decorations and one for gift wrapping supplies. I was able to buy both units for about ten dollars each. Trust me, it’s worth it.
Use soft cloth decorations like stockings, Christmas tree skirts, table runners, and throws as cushion for your more fragile decorations.
When you finish a roll of wrapping paper, keep the cardboard tube and use it to bind together your unfinished rolls. This will prevent them from unraveling and wrinkling. Also, you’re putting good use to something you were going to toss in the trash anyway.
Put your fragile ornaments into plastic cups and hot glue the cups to a piece of cardboard. Size the cardboard so it fits in the bottom of your storage container. You can stack as many layers as you need to without crushing your ornaments.
Don’t deal with a tangled mess of lights next year. This easy fix will make unraveling your string of lights feel like a Christmas miracle!
Wrap your lights around a piece of cardboard, maybe from a box that one of your presents came in. I like to cut a wedge out of both ends so the lights don’t slip off my pieces of cardboard. When you’re done raveling, plug both ends of the cords into each other.
Now that you’ve taken down all your decorations and your home is back to normal, go find that opened bottle of champagne from New Year’s Eve… I think you deserve a drink!
The How To Duo can’t wait to hang with you in 2015!