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Untangling and Storing Christmas Lights and Decorations
PostedbySuper UseronTuesday, 30 December 2014in Realtors Real Estate Sales BlogFont size:LargerSmaller
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Now that Christmas is over, it is time to gear up for the New Year, after which it will be time to take the Christmas tree down, and that means taking all the ornaments and lights off. It’s important to pack things that you use yearly, away neatly and in a well-organized way so they take up as little space as possible.
How to Pack Christmas Lights for Storage
Before you start packing the lights away, you want to get the things you’ll need to store them properly together. You can use twist ties – which you can buy in hardware stores or the plant and garden department because rolls of twist ties are used to secure plants to stakes.
You also want to have a straight back chair so you can wind the string of lights around the chair – like you’d do if you were rolling a skein of yarn into a ball. You will use the chair if you don’t have anyone around who can hold their arms up so you can wind the lights up that way.
For Christmas lights, the first thing you want to do after removing them from the tree or taking lights that you had inside or outside down, is to lay them flat so you can see the entire length of the string of lights. This is important because laying them flat keeps them from getting tangled, which is inevitable unless you go about rolling the lights up very methodically.
Start at one end – either the end where the wall plug is or the end where the connecting plug is. Make sure that you’ve got the strand of lights straight so they don’t get twisted as you wind them into a large circle. When you’re done with a strand, take a large segment of the twist ties you purchased, and use it to secure the middle portion of the lights. Also do this where the plugs are. Secure each tie tightly so it won’t come apart when you pack the lights.
If you have light strands that are different lengths, do this with each of them so when you go to place your strands in a box, you can put the longest strand in first, and then place the smaller ones in according to their size. This will let you use a flat box that can be stored under a bed if necessary.
Packing and Storing Ornaments
If you saved the tissue paper and bubble wrap from gifts you received, you can use this to help you pack fragile ornaments carefully. If you have small ornaments, you can pack those together in Ziploc type bags. Be sure to press the bag to remove the air before closing it. That will allow you to pack them more efficiently.
If you have moving boxes that were designed for dishes, you can use those to pack ball-shaped fragile or large ornaments. Otherwise, a large box will suffice. Save those plastic bags you get when you buy food or produce because they’re fantastic for keeping larger ornaments together. Besides that, you can use them as extra padding to protect fragile ornaments.
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