Are you the friend or family member who’s jokingly known for leaving your Christmas tree up until spring? The taking down of trees has a reputation for being time-consuming. However, the task really isn’t that bad once you get started
Before you shout, “Bah humbug!” at the idea of this chore, learn how to take down a Christmas tree without reaching for a fifth glass of eggnog.
How to Take Down a Christmas Tree
The best method to take down your tree will depend on whether you’re working with an artificial model or have a real Christmas tree.
*Taking down an artificial tree: Stop trying to cram this tree into the beat-up box it came in. Recycle that and invest in a tree storage bag. After you’ve removed all ornaments and lights, simply disassemble your tree in sections and gently lay it in the bag. Then cinch and zip! Some artificial Christmas tree bags even have wheels, making your life just a little bit merrier.
*Removing a live Christmas tree: The most annoying part is the Christmas tree shedding needles. You can avoid a lot of this hassle by laying down a Christmas tree disposal bag. These collect all the fallen needles throughout the holidays. And, after Santa’s gone, you can take down your decorations, pull the bag over the tree and — voilà — it’s ready to be tossed out. Worried about the aesthetic? Some Christmas tree removal bags are holiday-themed, so that they’re both attractive and functional. Alternatively, you can still place your skirt over the bag.
Tip: Fallen needles can damage your vacuum so use a broom and dust pan to pick them up and then vacuum any remaining glitter, coal dust or other debris.
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