How to Take Down Your Holiday Lights

Decorating for the holidays can be a fun way to add some life to your property for the month of December. However, once the new year arrives, it’ll be time to take down those decorations until next year. Here’s the proper way to undecorate your home and take down those holiday lights:

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Be Careful With the Cords

Many decorations will be plugged into extension cords and power strips. When unplugging lights, extension cords, and power strips from their respective outlets, do not yank on them. This will cause damage to the cord, so remember to always unplug things with your hand at the base of the actual plug. Neatly wrap up extension cords and store them inside — do not leave them outside where they’re exposed to Mother Nature.

Removing the Lights

Slowly, take down each strand of lights and lay them out for inspection. Look for any broken bulbs or exposed wiring, disposing of any strands with damage. For the lights that are good to use again for next season, wrap them loosely around a paper tube or plastic wheel. Place all of the wrapped up strands of lights in a plastic bin. Ensure nothing else is stored in this bin, so you don’t run the risk of crushing them.

The Rules About Greenery

Trees, wreaths, garland, and all other types of holiday greenery should be removed from the house as soon as the holiday season is over. If your tree is currently shedding needles and has stopped drinking water, remove it from the house ASAP, as it is dried out and highly combustible. Take all greenery to be recycled or leave them on the curb to be picked up.

Taking down lights might seem like a mindless matter, but doing it wrong could cause you to buy new decorations next year. If you’re looking to add some life to your property after the holiday season, the pros at Ambrosio Landscapes can help you design something you’ll love to look at!