Top 5 Tricks to Packing up Christmas

The Top 5 Tricks to Packing up Christmas

The time has come to take down the lights and clear out the pine needles that have been littering your living room floor for the last month. While some people wish Christmas could stay all year, the rest of us are ready to take a break from the holiday music and festivities – which means cleaning and storing all those seasonal decorations. Here’s a few tips to help you clean up quickly and save some hassle for the next holiday season.

Give Everything a Place

Decorations can be delicate, so you shouldn’t leave anything up to chance. For glass ornaments, there are dozens of options that let you compartmentalize and give everything a safe place. For the lights, we recommend using a storage reel or bag that keeps them safe and tangle free. There are even bags for artificial Christmas trees that let you safely store and extend the life of your beloved tree.

When everything has a place, the likelihood of accidents happening (or losing something!) are minimized. The added bonus is that everything is much easier to unpack when organized properly.

Use Durable Storage

It might be tempting to reuse all of those Amazon boxes the presents came in, but cardboard and other less-durable options aren’t the best way to store things for the year. For one, you risk exposing your decorations to the conditions of your storage space (like heat, cold, and especially moisture!). More importantly, cardboard can pose a significant fire hazard if it’s sitting in your attic or storage year round. If you’re looking to extend the life of your decorations, consider investing in a sturdy bin or canvas bag instead.

Designate a Storage Space

Save time and hassle by making sure that your holiday decorations are kept separate from everything else you have stored away. Whether that’s a special corner in your attic or a specific shelf in your basement, keeping everything in one place will help you expedite getting Christmas set up for next year.

If you have an artificial tree, you also need to make sure your storage area stays between 40 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Most trees won’t do well outside of those temperatures, and you certainly don’t want to have to buy a new artificial tree every year!

Take Time to Label

It may sound time consuming, but packing up the decorations by room and then labeling according to where you display everything can be a huge timesaver for the next holiday season. It’s a great way to minimize the stress of trying to remember where you put certain decorations.

Bonus tip: Take pictures of everything for reference, especially if you like a certain arrangement!

Deep Clean the Carpet

Between the pine needles, sap, tinsel, and dirty snow being tracked in by visitors, chances are your carpet has taken a beating this holiday season. Once you’ve ditched the tree, take advantage of the extra space and have a professional carpet cleaning done. It’s one of the best ways to get that post-holidays relaxation started off right, and Pure Cleaning would love to help you kick 2017 off with a clean and inviting home!

Christmas Fire Safety Tips

Its the “most wonderful time of the year”, but also one of the most dangerous times of the year for house fires.  Here are some tips to avoid a fire in your home this holiday season.



According to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), 4 out of the 5 days most dangerous for candle house fires are Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve, and New Years Day.  1/3 of these fires start in a bedroom.  More than half are due to the candles being too close to flammable materials.

  • Consider flameless LED candles
  • Keep lit candles at least 12″ from any flammable items
  • Have secure & sturdy bases for each candle
  • Blow out candles before going to bed and before leaving home
  • Never leave a candle burning in a child’s bedroom or unoccupied room
  • Don’t have candles close to where kids can knock them over


Cooking is the top cause for house fires.  According to the NFPA, 40% of cooking fires start from leaving pots or pans unattended to do something for “just a minute”.

  • Don’t leave cooking food unattended
  • Have fire extinguisher in an easy-to-reach location in the kitchen
  • If deep-frying turkey, do it OUTSIDE on a flat/level surface AT LEAST 10 feet from home and not under any portion of home or trees.
  • Don’t throw water on a grease fire.  Instead, put a lid on the pan to smother fire.
  • If oven flares up, turn off oven and keep oven door shut until fire extinguishes itself

Christmas Trees

Christmas tree fires are obviously more common during the holidays.  It takes less than 30 seconds for a dry tree to go up in flames and engulf the entire room.  Christmas tree fires cause an average of $18.3 million dollars in damage each year.  The reasons for most Christmas tree fires are a dry tree. electrical failures/lights, and being too close to fireplace or candles.

  • Buy a fresh tree and water EVERY day (when lights are OFF)
  • Dispose of dry Christmas tree quickly (usually dries at a month)
  • Consider buying a fake Christmas tree that is flame-retardant
  • Turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed
  • Check lights before adding to tree for any electrical issues
  • Keep tree away from heat sources like fireplace, wood stove, or open flames

Children playing with fire

The NFPA states that an average of 7,100 house fires each year are started by children.  Younger children under 6 years old are more likely to start a house fire INSIDE the home, while older kids are more likely to start a fire outside the house.

  • Keep matches and lighters AWAY from children
  • Teach children fire safety
  • Supervise children closely, especially near open flames

Electrical Lights

There are a variety of origins for electrical light fires.  More than half of electrical & lighting house fires are due to wiring.  This time of year, there are more fires due to Christmas decorative lighting.  Hope these tips help reduce risk for your home.

  • Don’t overload the circuit
  • Don’t string more than 3 light strands together
  • Use outside cords for outside use and inside cords for inside
  • Turn off Christmas lights when leaving home or going to bed
  • Have electrician perform an annual checkup of your home’s wiring
  • Avoid using nails or staples to hang up outside lights


Make sure to have your fireplace ready for Santa AND safe for everyone in your home.

  • Have chimney inspected BEFORE lighting fireplace each season
  • Add screen in front of fireplace to avoid embers from popping out to flammable materials
  • Never use flammable liquids to start fire
  • Only burn seasoned wood, no wrapping paper
  • When cleaning out fireplace, put embers in metal container and set outside to cool at least 24 hours before disposal


Fires caused by smoking has an average of 17,600 house fires and 490 related deaths.  More than half of the deaths are 65 years old or older.

  • If smoking, consider smoking outside
  • Use large sturdy ashtrays
  • Don’t smoke when tired or in bed
  • Don’t smoke around medical oxygen


At Pure Cleaning & Restoration, we specialize in fire, water damage restoration and smoke and odor cleaning. We have specialized equipment, specific training, and certifications that allow us restore your home to pre-fire condition. We understand you may be feeling stressed, and worried. Our technicians will treat your family with empathy and your home with great care.  Call/text us at 801-750-2928.


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