Clearing Up After the Holidays
Ways to stow away reusable decorations
Christmas and New Year celebrations are over, and for some, it is the end of a long year-end break. We may not like the feeling, but It is time to ease ourselves out of the euphoria of the festive season. One way to get started is to take down the festive decorations that we have painstakingly put up not too long ago.
Although taking down Christmas decorations is usually faster
than putting them up, it can be a pain because it is potentially a messy
affair. You will have to decide what to keep and what to toss out, and make
sure each item is packed carefully away so that you can reuse as many items as
possible next Christmas
If you need some help, try using these tips to make your
Bye Christmas tree,
Strip your Christmas tree as carefully as possible and make sure to discard real trees and wreaths promptly as dried greenery is a fire hazard, plus drooping branches can stress light strings, causing an additional potential hazard You may opt to send trees to a recycling center near you, but never throw them in the fireplace as the dried needles are highly combustible.
For fake trees, try getting a Christmas tree bag or Christmas
tree box to store your tree if you plan to keep it for a few more years. Regular
cardboard boxes deteriorate over time.
As you unwind the lights from the tree, to save time, you may want to get help to wind the strings simultaneously around the leftover paper tubes from your gift wrappers, or use paper towel tubes. This will keep the lights separated and strings untangled for future use. You can test them while they are still on the tube before putting the lights on your tree the next time. Do the same for outdoor Christmas lights as well, through you may need bigger tubes or pieces of cardboard. Be aware that these lights are intended to be used as temporary lighting only. UL tests holiday lights for safety and these lights have a maximum use period of 90 days. Leaving the decorations on for too long is hazardous as they are subject to wear and tear.
You may choose to put the ornaments back in their original boxes or, for the random ones, wrap them with tissue and keep them in sandwich bags. Throw away broken pieces, and dispose of any batteries that come with the decorations, as some batteries corrode over time and may damage the ornaments powered by them.
Pay it forward
If you discover that you have some unwanted or duplicate items among your decorating stash, consider donating them to charity or people who need them.