A few years ago I started using an easy trick that cuts
my Christmas decor take-down time in half!!!
(-And also helps with set up next year!)
Here it is!! TADA!!
I realized that if I just gently take down the garlands/wreaths/swags (WITH THE ORNAMENTS AND LIGHTS STILL ON) and put them each in their own garbage bag [which I re-use year after year], I wouldn’t have to re-decorate and re-pack all the ornaments and lights.
-The Lights DON’t tangle because they are already spread around the garland
- The ornaments (most of ours are plastic) are padded by the garlands/swag/wreath or whatever I’m packing up.
-Everything I need to put the garland/swag/wreath back up next year is all together!
Then I stack the bags (about 5 to a tote and stack the totes in the basement.
(This year, I got organized and listed on the outside of each tote what I’d packed inside.)
Of course if you have a lot of glass ornaments this may not work as well.
I estimate I save at least an hour and a half on take-down and another hour on set-up next year, and it helps a lot with trying to keep track of everything with four little kids ‘helping.’
So there is my tip.