Christmas Clean-up Hacks

Now that we are past (most) of the craziness of the holidays, many of you may be starting to think about clean up and how ready you are to have your house back to its clean, organized, pine needle-free state. Along with this clean-up, many of you may also be thinking about how to pack up all your decorations in such a way as to make next year’s decorating just a little bit easier. Here are a couple of little hacks we have come up with to help!

Re-Think How You Bundle Up Your Christmas Lights

If you’re like me, I am usually so ready to clean my house that I just wrap my lights up in a bundle, convinced that it will surely stay untangled till next year (though this never works as well as I think it should). This year, instead of an easily tangled coil, find an old paper towel roll, or a used-up roll of wrapping paper and coil your lights around this. By doing this, you will not only keep your lights tangle-free until next year, but they will also fit nicely and compactly in any storage container.

Label Your Lights

Have you ever gone to decorate your Christmas tree, just to forget which end of your lights needs to be at the top/bottom of the tree? I have done this too many times, and have had to re-do the lights on the Christmas tree as soon as I realize the star at the top has nothing to plug into. Last Christmas, I labeled each end of my Christmas lights with a little piece of masking tape and a Sharpie. This year, I was reminded right away of which end to start with, and was saved a lot of decorating hassle!

Christmas Tree Drop-Off

If you have already gotten through packing away all your decorations and are now wondering what to do with the tree in your living room, there are several drop-off locations located across town. Simply load up your tree, drive it over and toss it in the pile! These drop-off locations are free and easy, and all the trees are recycled and put to other uses! With the 25-30 million REAL Christmas trees that are sold each year, imagine the benefit of repurposing all these trees!! Drop your tree off at any of the following locations:

- Rolland Moore Park, 2201 S. Shields Street – Drop-off is located in the southeast corner of the parking lot.

- Fossil Creek Park, 5821 S. Lemay Avenue – Drop-off is located in the south parking lot.

Trees can be dropped off at other locations as well, such as Larimer County Green Waste Program, Hageman Earth Cycle Inc., and the City of Fort Collins: Timberline Recycling Center, however, these drop-off locations may charge a small fee for accepting your tree.

We hope you all had a safe and Merry Christmas! As always, let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or simply want to chat about plants! Enjoy the rest of your holiday season and Happy New Year!

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