Do I really have to take it all down?
It’s a question you might find yourself asking now that we’re getting past the holiday season. Just because you’re glad to be done with the hustle and bustle doesn’t mean you want to see it all end.
“I hate to take down the lights,” says Kate Fessler of First Class Life Solutions. “Especially during the dark and usually dreary winter months in the Pacific Northwest, I like to keep them up as long as possible.”
“My husband and I get up early, turn on the Christmas lights and have a cup of coffee in bed,” Deppa says of her holiday ritual. “We enjoy the lights and we just talk. It’s fun to look across and see the Christmas lights because they make me happy.”
Interior design expert Michele Bayle, gets the most out of her holiday décor by using a winter theme some years, as opposed to a Christmas theme.
“I have rotating themes of holiday décor,” Bayle explains. “One theme is the traditional red and green the other is silver and white. When I decorate with silver and white I always want to leave it out longer, it just feels so wintery. I can get away with the table top décor staying out just a little bit longer.”
Holiday décor certainly adds festive touches around your home to the point that you might feel a touch of sadness the holidays are over. That, and a sense of dread at the thought of taking down, putting away and storing seasonal items.
It doesn’t have to be a monumental task if you follow these tips courtesy of Linda Deppa.
- Wind your lights.
You can probably picture the scene from National Lampoons Christmas Vacation where Clark and Rusty inspect a large tangled ball of lights. “A lot of people deal with that on a regular basis,” Deppa says. “It causes a lot of frustration.”
She suggests purchasing a light reel organizer that allows you to wind your Christmas lights. “What people hate most is untangling the lights the following year,” she explains. “When you take the time to put them away correctly you’ll save yourself a lot of time and hassle next year.”
- Protect your wreaths.
If you’ve invested in nice wreaths to use year after year, make sure you also invest in a container that will keep them looking as nice as the day you bought it. “A lot of people buy the soft-sided cases,” Deppa says. “Those cases get thrown in the attic and get crushed.” She suggests purchasing a hard-sided, plastic case specially designed from wreathes. “They also make great storage devices for garland,” she adds.
- Use ornament storage containers.
The best way to store ornaments, according to Deppa, is inside cases specifically designed for ornaments. She suggests purchasing hard-sided, clear, plastic containers with locking edges and lift out trays because they’re more sturdy and convenient than soft-sided, cardboard-divided, storage options.
If you store your Christmas items in the garage, you might find yourself “What’s in My Garage?” and coming up with the same answers as a couple Seattle Seahawks Pro Bowlers.