I love garlands, wreaths and sprays, especially the ones I decorate myself with vintage fabric, ribbons, and small antique toys, but what a pain they are to store. My neighbor shared a tip with me that I will pass on to you to make this tricky chore simple. After removing all of the decorative items, place your greenery in large black garbage bags. Then take the bags to your garage of basement and hang them from the rafters. When you go to take them out next year they will be fluffy and dust free, and in the mean time they are out of the way.
And now for the ultimate “undercoating” job.....the strands of Christmas lights. Tangled and knotted, I used to feel like throwing them out each year and just buying new ones. Now I save those big cardboard tubes from the wrapping paper and snake the lights through them. Each tube will accommodate two strands of lights and keep them tangle-free. Now, back out to the garage to put up two bicycle hooks. Place them twelve inches apart and the tubes will sit securely in the cradle of the hooks. Each set of hooks should hole two or three tubes of lights.
Once we get through New Year’s Eve I am finished with my good china and crystal until next December, so back in the cabinet it goes. Remember to always store glasses and stemware in an upright position to prevent tiny chips from becoming big cracks. As for your china stack it if you must, but place a small sheet of fine grade bubble wrap in between each plate to prevent ware. Pressure will cause porcelain to crack over time, so be careful not to stack it to high as the weight of the plates against themselves can cause damage.
Well, the decorations are gone and so is 2013. I wish each of you fond memories of the year gone by and the best that life has to offer in the year ahead.
Until next time,
Linda Hamer Kennett is a professional liquidation consultant specializing in down-sizing for seniors and the liquidation of estates and may be reached at 317-429-7887 or firstname.lastname@example.org