Are you suffering from the post-holiday blues? After the hustle and bustle of December, it’s hard not to. Between the chores, the cooking, the socializing, and the mandatory holly and jolly of the season, you were constantly busy. In comparison, January’s return to reality is a bit of a disappointment. It doesn’t help that you have to clean up after last year’s festivities. The tree, decorations, seasonal dishes — they all have to go away until it starts all over again in 11 months.
Just as we promised last month, we have a helpful guide to help you pack up your seasonal accessories. Keep reading to learn about our favourite organizational tips to keep your post-holiday recovery as hassle-free as possible. Many of them just happen to be eco-friendly, too!
1. Know Your City’s Tree Pick Up Date
Most municipalities within the GTA offer a free Christmas tree collection. Here in Richmond Hill, this takes place between the 2nd and 16th of January. For those who miss out on these dates, you’ll have to drop off your old tree at the Bloomington Yard Waste Depot, so don’t miss out! Write this date on the calendar and make sure you tree’s at the curb in time. If you live in another city, your pick up dates will vary, so visit your municipalities’ website to confirm.
2. Take Advantage of Egg Cartons
The recycled paper, plastic, and foam egg cartons make a perfect container for small and delicate ornaments. Each glass ball gets its own nestling space in order to keep the fragile edges safe. You can always double pack these with our bubble wrap and packing paper to make them extra secure.
3. Choose Between Coffee Cans or Cardboard Boxes
Perhaps the worst job in decorating is dealing with the lights, and it’s all because of how we store them. When we lose patience and wind cords haphazardly into a box, we’re dooming ourselves to another year struggling to untie the knot from hell. Do yourself a favour and take the time to secure them properly. If you have old coffee cans lying around, cut an x into the plastic tops. Shove the plug through the cut you’ve made before you start winding the wires around the container. If you prefer tea, you can always use the leftover cardboard from presents to store your lights. Make a notch in one side to secure the plug before wrapping it around the cardboard and voila — no more tangles!
4. Reuse Plastic Water Bottles
If you haven’t yet shaken the habit of buying water bottles, at least you can feel good about the fact your empty bottles can have a second life. They’re the perfect receptacle for long garlands of plastic beads. Once you secure the lid, you won’t have to worry about it spilling out and getting twisted around other decorations.
5. Hang it Like a Pro
Let’s be honest — only about half of what we decorate with will fit into egg cartons or coffee cans. The vast majority of our decorations are oddly shaped, delicate, or large pieces that don’t exactly fit anywhere. We’re talking about the wreaths and plastic lawn ornaments in your Christmas arsenal. Scratch your head no more. You can use garment bags to store these items with ease. You can also fashion a large garbage bag with a hanger in order to achieve the same effect if you don’t happen to have any extra garment bags.
By following these 5 simple steps, you can take the sting out of storing your decorations. Remember to check with our storage specialists to see if we have any of the supplies you need to pack up your accessories. We may not be able to help with egg cartons, but we have boxes, bubble wrap, and packing peanuts that can help with everything else. Give us a call to get your post-holiday clean up started.