Easy Steps to Follow When Packing Away Holiday Décor
The holiday season is over just as fast as it came and it is time to start taking down those holiday decorations. One of the biggest challenges that homeowners face when cleaning up is easily and quickly taking down their tree. For those individuals who prefer fake trees, this process is a breeze but those who have real trees can become frustrated with the process and the mess the tree can leave behind. Here are some simple steps to follow to help take down your Christmas tree in a flash with little mess.
Remove and Pack Away Tree Ornaments
The first step in taking down a Christmas tree is to remove the ornaments. This may seem easy enough, but the key is to make sure they are stored correctly. Make sure to line the bottom of the container with towels or bubble wrap and wrap breakable ornaments in tissue or newspaper so they stay intact and are ready for next season. Next, remove the skirt and place it on top of the ornaments as extra cushion for the container – this will keep everything together in one spot and help keep anything from breaking.
It may also be beneficial to place towels at the base of the tree to help keep any ornaments that may fall from breaking. This is especially helpful if young children are helping to take down the tree. There is nothing worse than cleaning up broken glass around the tree with young children or animals around. When removing lights, loop them around your arm as you unstring them – this will help to make the process go slightly quicker and will also help to keep the strings of lights tangle free for the next time.
Remove the Tree without Mess
Take a large bed sheet or drop cloth and put it on the floor in front of the tree. If you have not already, remove the skirt or towels and shake out the pine needles onto the sheet. Next, take a turkey baster and remove any water that may be remaining in the tree’s stand. Then, without removing the tree from the stand, lay the tree down on the cloth and then remove the stand from the tree. With the help of a family member or friend, treat the cloth as a sling and carefully carry the tree outside for disposal.
Clean Up Remaining Tree Needles
By removing the tree on the sheet, there should be significantly less pine needles on the floor than if you were to remove it without the sheet. If there are any stray needles, they should be easy to clean up. On hardwood or bare floors, sweep up what debris you can get and then run over the surface with a vacuum. For carpeted floors, run a vacuum over the area – if there are some stubborn needles or tinsel stuck in the carpet, use the vacuum’s attachment hose to get deep down in the fibers and get it up.
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