You have spent a small fortune making sure that your home was fit for the joyous festivities. You wanted to be sure that you set the right mood to ensure that your holiday get-togethers were a hit. There was a sense of satisfaction when your loved ones noticed those new drapes you had hung just for the occasion; and the children all gathered around your Christmas village that you displayed in the family room enthralled with all the lights that flickered through the windows of the miniature houses. They squealed with joy when the train you had placed throughout your town made its way around the track with a toot of its horn and a glimmer of light from the front of the engine. And that tree! What a beautiful sight. Those new ornaments you made with the children were just the right touch; and when added to the tree with those glass ornaments that used to belong to Grandmother, well, there was just no finer sight! But the memories are now stored as the footsteps of your loved ones are now just an echo in your hallway, and it is time for the long, cold days of winter to play out.

One of the most pressing questions for you as December fades into January is, “What am I going to do with all these decorations?” You spent way too much time and money for these little treasures to be lost. Besides, each piece in your holiday decoration collection brings a smile to your face as the memories help to get you through. You certainly want to protect these keepsakes for years to come.

One of the most important tips to keep these jewels safe and your memories alive is to store them in a plastic container with a locking lid. This will help to keep pests from trampling through and destroying these treasures. Make sure that you use bubble wrap on the breakables. You can even purchase locking, plastic bins that are specifically designed with pockets for safe storage of your glass ornaments.

One of the best ways to store strings of lights is to take your old wrapping paper tube and slice a notch in either end. Now hook one end of a light string into the notch and wrap around and down the tube. When you reach the bottom, place the other end of the string into the notch you made and wrap in tissue paper. Not only will this protect your lights from breaking, but it will also keep them from becoming tangled making it a breeze to use them next season.

Also, make sure to store wreaths in their original box or in plastic bags and place them horizontally on the shelf. Candles should be laid flat for storage; and drapes, tablecloths, and doilies should be washed, dried, folded, and placed in a storage bin with locking lid.  

We hope these tips will help you preserve your holiday treasures for years to come. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from your friends here at Window Nation.

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