Recently my husband and I took down our artificial Christmas tree. It’s usually a big job, so this year we did a little bit each day. We took down the ornaments the first day, then the sting of silver beads the next day, then the lights the following day, and finally the branches of the Christmas tree.
We keep each rung of branches separated and place a rubber band around each set of branches. There is also a specific color at the end of each branch to help us keep them sorted. Since we store our tree in the attic where there are temperature fluctuations the rubber bands dry out and break by the following Christmas— making the assembling of the tree more time consuming and challenging. Since the rubber band is placed around the end of the branch, the smaller branches on each branch remain open, which create more bulk and makes packing the tree more difficult.
This year I wanted to change all that. I wanted to find a new way of securing the branches and have them wrapped tight enough so that all the branches would fit into one storage box.
I had some plastic bags that I’ve kept for such an occasion as this! These recycled plastic bags held all the sorted branches together tightly and will last through several seasons. With a little searching through my recycled plastic bags, I was able to find the right bag length for each set of branches.
I used my thicker plastic bags and ones shorter than the the set of branches I was storing . I snipped a small hole in the center of the bottom of the bag. I inserted my scissors and cut all the way to the end. I flipped the bag and cut to the other end.
This created a hole at the bottom of the bag. Holding the handles of the bag (or holes that serve as handles) I inserted all the same size branches into the bag at one time.
As I push the branches through to the bottom hole of the bag, I continue pulling on the handles until the bag was in the center of the branches. When the bag reached the center of the set of branches, I stopped pulling on the handles. I adjusted the bag to make sure it was in the middle.
I then lined up all the packs of branches in size order. I placed the branch packs into my storage box in descending length from longest to shortest. I then placed the center pole, tree stand, and tree skirt (wrapped in tissue paper) into the box.
Next Christmas, when I put up my Christmas tree, the tree skirt will come out of the box first, then the tree stand, the center pole, and finally the branches from shortest to longest with the shortest going on the pole first, then the next longest until I reach the longest branches.
I hope this tip will make it easier for you to take down, store , and put up your Christmas tree.
Let me know how this works out for you.
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