Packing Away Christmas
I must admit I’m one of those folks who keeps my deco’s up for as long as possible (I’ve been known to swap out Xmas decorations for Australia Day ones!). I guess – historically speaking – one should pack away Christmas By Jan 6, which is the 12th Night. However, many of us don’t have time, are still away on holidays or (if you are like me) just like keeping the Christmas Cheer alive for a little longer.
Putting out the Christmas things is So. Much. Fun. Packing away is NOT. I figured some of you may be in the same boat so I have compiled a list of easy tips and tricks to make packing up christmas quick and simple. I have a feeling you may thank me later….
- Washing the material items – tree skirts, santa sacks, stockings, table runners and tablecloths before putting them away;
- Here is a great trick for keeping lights tangle free and making your job next year much easier…wrap them around a flat piece of cardboard and lay in a box. I found a cute lights storage bag (which included the cardboard sheets) at Kmart for under $10 (FYI – you can use this for advent calendars also);
- Clear plastic stackable boxes for decorations are a must do;
- A clever trick is to use plastic cups glued to cardboard inside a plastic box for ornament storage or for smaller ones use egg cartons. You can always just keep the original packaging box too – for things that are an odd shape/size;
- Wrap fragile ornaments in tissue paper and keep them inside a dedicated box so they don’t move around too much – it prevents them from breaking. You can add extra tissue or newspapers to pack it out if you need too;
- If you have a real tree – wrap it in a bed sheet before taking it outside to lessen the trail of pine needles through your house. Find out if you can mulch it up and use it on your garden – otherwise chop it in to smaller sections for your green waste bin. (or, if it was in a pot and still growing – you can put it in the garden and keep it alive till next year!);
- If you have a fake tree – keep the box it came in as it’s probably the best way to store it without damaging any branches. If not, you can buy a large storage bag from the hardware store and keep it dust free in that.
My Top Tip? Put on some funky music, rope in the kids or someone to help and get stuck in! It won’t take long and you should be relaxing with drink sooner than you think!