Helpful Holiday Decorating Tip #3

Many of you probably feel like the holidays are over and all your decorations have been put away for weeks—but we are still wrapping up and packing away—so I thought it would be a good opportunity to get one last tip up here before we switch gears to weddings!

To be great holiday decorator, you have to be an amazing packer-upper! Every job has its down side—and packing away decorations is one that unfortunately comes with holiday decorating.

We have found it takes about 1/3 the time to take down decorations as it does to put them up. Just because decorations come down quickly, does not mean it can be done carelessly! If you are careless, you will pay for it next year.

The best tip I can offer is 1) to use twice as many containers as you think you need and 2) use separate containers for everything!

Cramming ribbons, decorative picks, ornaments, and lights all into one tiny little container will not have good results. Take your time and roll up ribbon and lights. If you don’t, you will be re-buying them next year. Ribbon does not un-wrinkle and lights do no un-break. Pack all wreaths, garlands, and swags into separate containers. Never stack them. Some materials never “fluff” back out quite the same. Don’t take any chances.

Those of us who like to decorate spend a lot of money on decorations. Unless you want to keep re-buying them year after year—take the time to pack them away properly. Let’s face it–an $8 container certainly costs less than a $40 wreath! It may seem like a waste of time now, but it will put a little smile on your face when you open the container next year !

Kim Martin — Floral Design Specialist —  Columbia, MO

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