Nearly everyone has been in this situation, Christmas is over and it is time to remove the lights from the tree; this of course, if you have a real tree or a real fake tree that is not pre lit. So what do you do, put on your walking shoes and you begin the circular walk around the tree pulling lights and stuffing them in a trash bag bound for the dump. Well not anymore. This how to will save you time, stress and money when it is time to remove those pesky little lights.
Depending on the size of the tree and the number of lights being used, plug the lights directly into an outlet or power strip.
Instead of going round and round, you need to go up and down. The traditional way of putting lights on the tree is round and round, starting at the bottom and working your way up in a spiral like pattern. Well that method not only gets you dizzy, it’s stressful when it is time to remove them.
Start at the bottom, closest to the outlet or power strip, begin pushing the lights into the tree working your way up to the top then move over four or five inches then begin your way down to the bottom. The distance to move over is based on the size of the tree and the number of lights you are placing on the tree.
Before you plug in a new strand, test it to make sure it works then begin putting it in the tree just where you left oft. Using this up and down method only requires one trip around the tree and far less headaches.
Well Christmas is over and it is time to put everything away. Lights are not that expensive but they do add to the landfill. Can you imagine how many lights get thrown way after Christmas? As you make your one trip around the tree, loop your lights around your elbow and hand. You can do one big loop for the connected strands or individual strands, it’s up to you.
If you have a spare box or a reusable plastic tub, place them neatly in there for next year. No headache, no stress and you don’t have to purchase any next year.
Tips and Warnings:
- Follow all safety warnings provided with your lights
- Apply commensense to the number of lights placed on a tree and the use and care for a real tree.