This holiday season is all about spending time with family and friends and celebrating new beginnings. Unfortunately, when the holidays end and the new year begins putting decorations away always seem to be put on the back burner (yes, we are looking at you).
As quick as holidays come they end just as fast, so being prepared for the post-holiday cleanup is not a bad way to end the celebrations. Kick off the new year with an early resolution by taking down holiday lights, trees, and decor before Valentine’s Day.
We know it can be stressful, so that’s why we put together some helpful tips to get it done quickly and safely. Once the job is done you can focus on making 2019 the best year yet.
Winter holidays have many traditions, like “out decorating” your neighbors or drinking too much eggnog at your brother’s house. However, the festivities need to end when the holidays end. Taking your lights down after the holidays, by January 6th per tradition, will help you avoid glaring stares from neighbors and keep your home and family safe at the same time.
Light decorations are tested as temporary lighting, so your lights should not stay out longer than 90 days or you may run into some trouble. If the lights are left out until summer, animals and the extreme heat can damage the wiring. This can be very dangerous when you try to use them again.
If you are planning on heading out of town to celebrate the new year be sure to take your lights down before you go. You don’t want to give away the fact that you aren’t there to take them down by the 6th.
When taking down the lights keep an eye out for any damaged or broken wires to avoid trouble next year. Wrap the good lights loosely around cardboard (or anything laying around the house) and keep them in a dry place. Your lights and your neighbors will thank you all year long.
Let’s be honest, as much as decorating Christmas trees are fun and beautiful they can get in the way and disturb the natural flow of the house. A tree usually only lasts around 4 weeks, even when it is well-watered, which means needles will start to fall and cause even more of a mess not to mention the fact that it becomes a fire hazard when dry.
The first question you should ask before removing your tree is whether your city has restrictions for throwing them out or if there are scheduled tree pickup dates. For safety reasons burning your tree in your fireplace is not recommended. The dry needles are very combustible and the fire can get out of control quickly.
Once you know where to dispose of your tree, the next task is getting it out of the house. A sheet, turkey baster, and a rubber broom will be your best friend during this process. First, remove water using the turkey baster from the tree stand. Second, lay the tree on its side on top of the sheet. Now you can easily begin to drag or carry the tree to its destination outside with less cleanup. Once the tree is out, a rubber broom can effectively sweep up all the leftover pine needles that inevitably fell. Just like magic, your tree is now out of sight and out of mind until the next year.
Happy Holidays and A Happy New Year
The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year, but once the moment is over, being proactive about cleaning up will get you in the right mindset for the new year. We hope you find these tips useful and we wish you all a wonderful holiday season and a productive new year. See you in 2019!
-Jonny On It