Most people will do their Christmas cleanup in the two weeks following New Year’s Day. Others will wait until the next decorating occasion, which is Valentine’s Day. This means almost all decorations are down by the end of January. January 31st is a great deadline to set, but things can derail our plans. If you have your lights up past January, that’s understandable, but don’t plug them in. While they look nice, you’ll be increasing your energy costs when the decor is out of season. We’ve all driven past a house in April wondering why the Christmas lights are on. If it were up to me, I’d have everyone leave their lights up all year. However, seasons are special to us because they’re here for a limited time.
Tips for Removing & Storing Christmas Decorations
- Start with the yard art. These items are usually bigger and more difficult to put away. Once you get this done, the worst struggle is over
- Use vacuum seal bags or suitcases to keep holiday linens safe and away from potential water damage
- Use an ornament storage box, or plastic party cups to separate and store all ornaments and small decorations individually
- Unplug EVERYTHING before removing decorations. Double check to be on the safe side
- Try to get your decorations into storage by 1/31. That date isn’t worth your safety however; it’s more of a guideline. Wait until there’s a dry, sunny day. Poor weather will add too many risks in the cleanup process. You can be out of season for a few days if it means avoiding hazards.
Christmas is over, the decorations are down, and emotions are running wild. We’re feeling relieved, disappointed, happy, frustrated, and excited all at once. We can’t wait until next year, yet we’re enjoying the calm after the shopping/wrapping storm. Personally, I tend to have about 84 different feelings a day following the weeks after Christmas and New Year’s Day. I know plenty of other holiday enthusiasts like me who go through the same thing. Today’s post covers some of the feelings most of us have during this time of year. Let’s laugh it off and look forward to the next holiday while relaxing in some much deserved down time.
Trying to Stick to New Year’s Resolutions
Trying to Eat Healthier Foods
Then You Have to Clean & Put Decorations Away
All The Anticipation & Excitement Has Ended
But Even Though It’s Over, You Know You Had Fun
And You Realize That You’re Done with Excessive Shopping & Wrapping
& The House is Back to “Normal”
& Then You Find The Post-Holiday Sales
So You Stock Up On Decor for Next Year
Now that Christmas has come to a close, it’s time to store the holiday decor and prep for the post-season cleanup. With the proper storage and adequate organization, you can keep special items safe, while making next year’s setup much easier. Let’s look at some of our most useful holiday storage items. Click the photo to learn more about each item highlighted below.
Tree Storage Bag
Safely store an artificial tree in a bag specifically designed to protect the branches and lights.
The safest way to store ornaments is to separate and wrap them individually. This can get tedious with newspaper and tote boxes, and some ornaments still break. Different sized ornament bozes allow you to easily separate and store ornaments by style. The separation panels are durable and soft, keeping your ornaments safe without all the work of newspaper wrapping.
Garland and Wreath Holders
Garland and wreaths need to keep their shapes in order to look their best. Help them retain their shapes with one of our great protective storage options.
Light organizers will help protect holiday lights from damage, while making next year’s setup much easier. Prevent tangles and broken bulbs with cord holders and light storage reels.