With Christmas over for another year, we’re taking 5 here at Crimbo Trees before we start looking forward to next year.
Christmas 2017 was one of our busiest yet and although we’ve managed to take down our decorations, they haven’t quite made it into storage.
If you’re anything like us, you’ll agree that putting up your Christmas decorations is something of a ritual, whilst taking them down and storing them correctly is more of a drag. But taking the time to store your decorations safely is essential if you want to preserve them for Christmases to come.
Egg-cellent Bauble Storage Ideas
Avoid the embarrassment of dented baubles next year by carefully storing them in your leftover egg boxes. The egg-shaped indents make the perfect home for your Christmas baubles and you can organise them by colour or style, for easy decorating, too.
Keep Your Tree Under Wraps
It’s easy to dispose of your real Christmas tree sustainably (just one of many reasons to choose a real tree). But if you still have a fake tree, storing or disposing of it can be tricky. If you store your tree up in the loft, in the garage or outside in a shed, it can be easily damaged or gather dust and dirt. Try wrapping your entire tree with cling film to keep it clean and protected. When it’s time to put it up again, simply run a pair of scissors along the film and hey presto – ready to decorate!
Hang Your Christmas Wreaths in a Safe Place
What better way to welcome guests to your home and spread some Christmas cheer that with a beautiful handmade wreath on your front door? Christmas wreaths are certainly a simple way to achieve the festive look, but if you have an artificial wreath protecting them from damage in storage can be awkward. Put up a few coat hooks in your loft or garage to create an easy hanging space for your wreaths. You can also use these for tinsel, stockings and delicate decorations that you don’t want to pack in a box. If you have the space for it, picking up a portable clothes rail that folds down when not in use is another nifty storage option.
The Most ‘Suit-able’ Way to Store Wrapping Paper Safely
This one is ingenious, if we do say so ourselves. You know those handy garment bags you keep in the bag of the wardrobe? Yes, the kind with a coat-hanger peeping out the top. Gather all your unused wrapping paper (or even better, pick up some super cheap paper in the January sales) and collect the roles in your suit bag. You can then hang this in your wardrobe or on a hook in your garage or attic, for perfectly preserved wrapping paper that’s ready when you are!
Get ‘Reel’ With Your Christmas Lights
Untangling Christmas lights on December 1st isn’t on anyone’s to-do list. Before you put lights into storage, check for any dud bulbs or damage to wiring. Then grab an A4 sized piece of cardboard or a used wrapping paper roll and carefully wind your lights around these. This will prevent your wires being damaged or weakened by being bent in storage and make them easy to put up next year.
Thanks to everyone who visited us to pick up their real Scottish Christmas trees this year and helped us raise money for our local Maggie’s Centre in Edinburgh. We wish you all the best for the year ahead and look forward to seeing you again in December 2018!