Storing your tree
Packing up the Christmas tree is a tiresome job (assuming that you have a fake one), but it’s important to take the time to do it right so that it doesn’t get damaged, and is easy to assemble the following year. I recommend that you re-pack the tree into its original box for ease of storage.
- Take off all of the decorations
- Remove and disconnect the lights
- Remove the top part of the tree. This is usually in a single section.
- Fold in all of the branches
- Secure with twine and pack into the box
- Starting from the top, remove each layer of branches one at a time.
- Fold in the sections of the branch
- Tie all the branches from a single level together and attach a piece of paper with the number (Layer 1 is the first layer from the top of the tree). You may need more than one bunch depending on the number in the layer. Place in the box
- Fold down the stand and place in the box
- Close and seal up the box for storage.
It’s important to store decorations carefully in sealed (preferably) containers to limit breakage and dust. If you are looking for more information and hints, try the following websites:
Better Homes and Garden’s Ultimate guide to storing decorations
7 tips for storing decorations
- Check that the decorations are all in order and unbroken before packing.
- Wrap glass and fragile decorations in paper or bubble wrap for storage.
- Throw out (or donate) any worn out and unwanted decorations.
- Pack decorations into boxes by style, colour and size.
- Store in a safe, dry area
Storing Christmas Lights:
Christmas light require a little extra care and attention, to ensure that they don’t break while stored. Here are some websites with ideas on how to store your lights
Hints from Martha Stewart
- Check all lights before placing them into storage.
- Replace broken bulbs and throw out any strings with broken or frayed cords
- Wrap the lights around a piece of card to stop them from becoming tangled whilst in storage
- Store in a waterproof container