Post Holiday Clean Up while Prepping for the 2012 Holiday Season

Post Holiday Clean Up while Prepping for the 2012 Holiday Season
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    As you start to put away your holiday decorations, it is the ideal time to assess what you already have and what you may need for the next holiday season.

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For those that have artificial Christmas trees and notice that your tree may be on its last branch, now would be the time to shop around in search of a new artificial tree. We have had ours for well over ten years and our tree is starting to show its age. Right after the holiday season is over is the time when stores drastically discount their trees and it is not just at your typical department stores either -think Lowe’s, Home Depot and even craft stores.It would be a great time to purchase a cover for your new tree to keep it in pristine condition for the 2012 holiday season.

Did you notice that some of the bulbs on your strands of lights went out? Try and repair them with the replacement bulbs. If you are unsuccessful with the repair, purchase new strands. Most Christmas tree decorations are discounted up to 80 percent after the holiday season. Again, shop around – you may find better discounts at drug stores or craft stores than at chain stores or department stores.

If you receive Christmas tree ornaments as gifts from family and friends, more than likely you are running out of room to store them. One of the most efficient ways to store your ornaments are in ornament storage containers. These containers come in various sizes, but typically they are rectangular in shape and have small square compartments to hold each individual ornament. Some containers allow you to create the space you need for your ornaments by moving the dividers. So if you have larger ornaments, you will be able to store them accordingly. The best part about ornament containers is that you are able to stack them on top of one another and not worry about damaging the ornaments in any way.

For those that enjoy decorating the outside of their house just as much as decorating the inside, now is the time to purchase those special and festive outdoor decorations. From snow globes, to icicles, these typically expensive decorations come way down in price right after the Christmas season. For those that have a special theme or scene, it would be an ideal time to buy those missing pieces or accessories to complete your collection. Wreaths and lit topiaries are other beautiful decorations that can be purchased at craft stores at substantial discounts and stored away until the next holiday season.

Don’t forget to see if you may be in need of wrapping paper, labels, ribbon, bows, tape, tissue paper and gift bags or boxes. These items can be purchased relatively inexpensively and you will be saving yourself time and money. But above all else, you will be prepared for the next holiday season without any last minute suprises.

Ann Martin is a contributing writer for Dinnerware Center, which offers a beautiful collection of dinnerware styles and flatware sets, such as the Reed & Barton collection. They also carry an array of beautiful Christmas ornaments. Ann is a writer for other home and cooking websites. When Ann is not writing, she enjoys spending time with family and friends.

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Ann Martin

Ann Martin is a freelance writer for Dinnerware Center, which is home to an extensive collection of dinnerware and flatware sets. Ann is a writer for other home and cooking websites. When Ann is not writing, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family.