We, or at least most of the Filipinos, wait for the Epiphany or Three Kings Day before we start taking down our Christmas decorations. Now that it is time to put those away, Home/Cut will give you tips on how to store your Christmas tree and other decorations.
1. Christmas Ornaments
Before we proceed to the tree, remove first the Christmas ornaments adorned around it. Regardless of the material, whether those are made of glass or plastic, ornaments have to handled and stored properly. Luckily, there are ornament storage boxes! These durable storage boxes are purposely built to have compartments where you can put ornaments so they will not jostle against each other. You can also wrap fragile ornaments in an old newspaper for an extra layer of protection.
2. Christmas Lights
Save yourself from untangling Christmas lights next time by properly storing them right now. Make use of a cord reel, a spool-shaped object used to wind up electrical wires or a cord. Connect one end of the light strand to another and attach to the roller. Spin until the strand of lights is neatly coiled.
3. Nativity Sets (Belen)
Most of us own Belen made of wood or porcelain that oftentimes come in beautifully hand-painted sets. Bubble wrap the delicate pieces before putting them in a durable storage box. Never put heavy pieces on top of the small ones; use and place balled up newspapers in between items to add a cushion. Tape the box and store it away from flammable materials.
4. Christmas Tree
In the Philippines where real pine trees are scarce or difficult to source, we usually opt for artificial Christmas trees. Unlike the fresh ones, artificial trees can stay in good condition for a long time only when we know how to properly store them.
Disassemble the tree first and vacuum the dust or glitters from the Christmas ornaments. Compact each section toward the trunk of the tree. If you were not able to keep its original box, place it in a Christmas tree bag.
1. Clean the Christmas decorations and check for any damage.
2. Invest in durable storage boxes; cardboard or paper boxes disintegrate over time.
3. Store them in a cool, dry place.
4. Do not forget to label the boxes.
These smart tips will help prolong the life of your decorations so you can enjoy them for more Christmases to come!
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