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How To Properly Store Your Holiday Decorations

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Around Christmas time everyone is determined to "deck the halls", but when it comes to taking it down, nobody wants to help.

Well here are just a few easy ways to take down decorations using every day items like milk cartons, egg cartons, plastic cups, boxes and permanent markers.

1. Label your boxes: Writing "fragile ornaments" and "singing-Santa clause" on their respective boxes helps organize the entire decorating process from start to finish. It''s helpful when assigning tasks to family members because "you can ask a family member to "bring down the hand-carved reindeer set from the attic? It's in a box labeled ‘Xmas Living Room'."

2. Choose your boxes wisely:  Some unique ones include a dish pack box with an insert for your Christmas tree ornaments. Some boxes are big and hold a variety of items so you can use them year-round.

3. Recycle: Did your gift come with bubble wrap or protective foam? Reuse these perfectly good packing materials in the place of the old, mostly-popped, bubble wrap in your decoration boxes.

4. Christmas Creativity: Pack smaller ornaments and decorations into an empty egg carton (leftover from the plethora of consumed eggnog). This provides a protective shell for the ornaments and the cartons can be stacked inside a larger box.

5. Light bulbs: Wrap your lights around pieces of cardboard. This is a great way to keep the lights from tangling which in turn  protects them from annual damage. Once they are wrapped, place the cardboard pieces in a labeled box for next year.

Thank you to Two Men and a Truck for the helpful tips.

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