Thursday, January 8, 2009

Deconstructing the tree

Stage one of the Christmas tree deconstruction began today: removal and storage of ornaments. Stage two: lights and actual tree disassembly will happen tomorrow - you can't rush these things you know, especially when you have an 8 foot high tree.

Being a fresh year and all, I like to think that I'm going to be super organised and on top of things, so I decided to go a little bit Martha and store my ornaments properly.

Ok, I didn't go so far as to hot glue gun paper cups to cardboard, but I did dig out some egg cartons for my new delicate heart ornaments, which didn't come in a box of their own. So now they're nestled in their little carton, all safe and sound.

Another Martha idea is to wrap your lights around pieces of cardboard, like so: I like this idea, because detangling lights does not bring out the festive spirit in me, in fact there was a little bit of swearing going on this year, which is not very Christmas-ey at all. But I think my lights are way to long for this idea, so I've decided to go with the idea of wrapping them around an old postage tube instead. I'm interested in knowing if this works, but I guess I won't know until next year when I go to unwrap them. Have you tried it? Please tell me if it works.
But I did use Martha's idea for my beaded garland instead. Only thing is I think I should have used a longer piece and wrapped it wider apart. Oh well, next year!

Still in organising mode, I'm thinking of creating an under-bed wrapping station, like the one in the picture below. I'm tired of opening my cupboard in the study and all the rolls of wrapping paper tumbling out, so this might be just the trick, with little compartments for ribbons and such. I'm the sort of person who files her guarantees and instruction booklets alphabetically, so any little nifty organising idea appeals to me.

If you haven't braved the deconstruction of your tree yet, I wish you good luck!
Images from Martha Stewart, Better Homes and Gardens and me


Fiona Taylor said...

Oh I love Martha! I do like the paper cup idea...but I've already made cardboard sections for some large tubs for my decorations and that's working quite well for now. Most of my decorations are larger than a cup in any case. Love the decorating station idea too...will file that one away for later I think!

lily-g said...

I have just put away my tree, my lights were a complete tangle, thanks for the great tips i needed them.

~ Lisa @ AbidingThere~ said...

I treated myself to some new organizing items when I put away my decorations this year, too. I'm so proud of doing it like a grown up :)

Solange said...

I have been a bit busy, so couldn't blog for awhile... nice post about the tidying of the christmas things. I find our house a bit empty now, but it's also nice to have everything cleaned up again.
take care,


Lauren said...

Catherine- your post has me totally ready to get organized AGAIN. (haha doesn't it seem we need to do this like 4 times a year?!)

Loving the under the bed wrapping station. I'll be back to this post this weekend when we're ready to get cracking. (Still have our tree up- Christmas just came & went so wuickly this year that I'm not ready to say goodby e to it!!)

dwellings and decor said...

This is great! Love the under bed wrapping idea. I think I might just do this.

River said...

I'm left wondering now, are we, (bloggers and readers), the only ones who organise their christmas storage? Surely other people don't just throw everything into a huge box and sort out the hopeless mess next christmas? Because I hear and read over and over, how wonderful these storage ideas are and how "we" really should do this....

Terri said...

Beaded garland is even more of a nightmare than lights!

I wrapped mine last year in tissue paper taped around the whole length of it, and for the first time it did not tangle. Always appreciate tips!