After Three Kings Day the most golden and festive period comes to an end. It’s time for clean and keep the Christmas tree, as well as the rest of the decoration, from the ornaments to the centerpieces and other complements.
If you belong to the group of people who are passionate about Christmas, you will surely feel a little sad at this point. The holidays are over and it’s time to get back to the routine and everyday life. But before we take that step and forget about Christmas decorations and balls until next year, we have a job to do: clean and store the Christmas tree and all the accessories that go with it.
My first advice, and surely the most valuable, is to get to work as soon as possible. Don’t be tempted to leave the task of saving the Christmas tree for another day and think it’s better to do it next weekend. If you do, there’s a good chance that anything will come up and you’ll see yourself in February with the tree in your living room.
In fact, in some parts of the world it is considered that leaving the tree at home after January 6th attracts bad luck. Although I don’t believe in these superstitions, I do think it’s best to get down to work once Epiphany is over. Besides, the best thing is to do it all at once, quickly and efficiently. Don’t you think so?
Save the Christmas tree, where do you start?
To do it well and in the shortest possible time, planning is best. It won’t do any good if you’re in a good mood for the task if you later realise that you don’t have boxes available to store things, for example. That’s why it’s best if you stop and think what you’re gonna need to keep everything and where you’re going to store the packages.
An artificial tree, in order to be ecologically sustainable, must be able to be reused for at least ten years. So if you want yours to last as long (or longer) you have to take the best care of him. Forget about storing it anyway in the storage room and pay attention to the following routines that you will have to carry out. Think it’s not that much work, since you only have to do it once a year.
Once you have removed all the branches, ornaments, tinsel and garlands, it is convenient that clean the tree thoroughly before storing it. The first thing you have to do is vacuum the dust. Go through all the branches at the lowest possible power.
When you have finished wipe your tree with a cloth soaked in a soap solution branch by branch. Then let it dry for about 24 hours. It is convenient that you are not impatient and that you wait for that is completely dry before storing, because otherwise it will be damaged by the effect of humidity.
Practical ideas that help
When your tree is clean and free of dust, you will be able to pack it. The greatest difficulty at this time is to fold it enough. The branches are resistant to being well attached to the trunk and it seems almost impossible to put it in the original box.
To solve this problem there is a trick that I think is great and consists of place an old belt around the tree well adjusted to reduce its volume. I’m sure you’ll fit in the box now.
In any case, if you do not have the original box in which your tree was packed, you can always to get you a specific case. With it you can save the Christmas tree and get it to stay in perfect condition.
Another idea is to get some cardboard tubes and keep the tree in them in parts. That’s right, it’s good that the labels are right. so that next Christmas you won’t go crazy when it comes to riding him.
The ornaments, in good safety
At Christmas I love to decorate the tree with the usual ornaments. They are for me dear elements that I have been given or brought from other places. That’s why I like to store them carefully so they don’t break. There are many ways to do this, but the important thing is that wrap the most delicate in tissue paper.
The transparent plastic boxes are perfect for storing ornaments, because they allow us to see what’s inside. But you can also use cardboard or opaque plastic as long as the labels are correct. This will save you time next year.
Luminous garlands and ornaments
They are one of the decorative elements that brighten up the Christmas decoration, both on the tree and in other corners. The light strips should be kept well rolled up, without entanglements. You can use a carton to roll them around.
If they are battery-operated, don’t forget to take them off, just like the rest of the luminous adornments. This way they will not rust inside and spoil the garland or the device in question.
You see that it is not so difficult or laborious to clean and store the Christmas tree when the festive season is coming to an end. And although it may seem like a boring task, it’s a good idea to do it well to keep your tree as new year after year and Christmas after Christmas. Let’s get to work!