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.