Christmas is a lovely time of year when you get to spend quality time with your friends and family. In order to give your home that cozy Christmas feel, you will want to have a Christmas tree and a home that is decorated with beautiful festive ornaments. These ornaments will require proper care to keep them looking good for years to come. This article provides some top tips on how you can clean and pack all of your Christmas decorations ready for next year.
Cleaning Your Decorations
You will want to give each of the decorations a quick clean before you place them into storage for the year. This needn’t be a lengthy process. You can use a damp cloth to wipe down the surfaces of solid decorations. To keep glass objects looking shiny you may want to use a special window cleaner to give them a quick polish and have them looking new and shiny again. If you spot any stains on any of the decorations then you should clean them according to the type of material that they are made out of. Fabric items should be carefully hand washed.
You will also want to give your items a quick clean when you unpack them from storage. Keeping them in the attic for 11 months can cause some of them to gather dust. So repeat the above steps on all of the decorations.
On an annual basis you should go through your whole collection and check for any decorations that are damaged or broken. Some damaged decorations, such as hanging wooden or plastic decorations, can simply be fixed with a small amount of superglue to hold the hanging string back in place. Any broken glass baubles should be thrown away immediately as they are a safety hazard. Make sure that you use gloves to pick them up, wrap them in newspaper, and throw them directly into the bin.
Another thing that you will need to check is your Christmas lights. Plug them in and check if there are any missing or faulty lights. Sometimes you will be able to purchase replacement bulbs, which you can screw into the sockets to fix yourself. If the lights are too far gone then you will need to purchase a new lot.
Packing Your Christmas Decorations
It is essential that you pack your Christmas decorations properly so that they are ready to use the next year. Start by wrapping up each of the decorations in a small amount of newspaper and placing them into a box. You should place your items into boxes in categories. For example you could have a box full of hanging decorations, a box full of tinsel (you don’t have to wrap tinsel), and a box full of free-standing decorations. Make sure that you label what is in each box so that you will be able to find what you are looking for.
It’s a lovely idea to add to your Christmas decoration collection each year. There are a huge range of festive themed items available to purchase, including baubles, ornaments, stationery and jewelers. Have a wonderful Christmas!