Thanksgiving has come and gone, and we hope that everybody had a safe and happy holiday weekend. But now that the leftover turkey is all packed away in tupperware containers in the fridge and you’ve finally slept off all of that delicious food, it’s officially the holiday season, which can only mean one thing: time to decorate.
If you’re one of those people that is outside stringing up lights on the morning of Black Friday, getting prepared for the holiday season, then this article is for you. And if you’re one of those people who prefers to procrastinate and put off decorating your house for as long as possible (like December 24th), then you might want to read along also, these tips might just come in handy later on down the road.
First, before you begin stringing up your lights, plug them all in and make sure that they still work and haven’t been damaged in storage during the past year. This is a great way to prevent yourself from spending hours and hours putting them up, only to plug them in and realize they don’t work.
It goes without saying that you want to be as safe as possible when decorating your house for the holidays. This means that before you go climbing your 25-foot ladder to cover every inch of your house’s exterior in colorful icicle lights, make sure that ladder is sturdy and not some family heirloom that’s been passed down from generation-to-generation. The last thing you want when you’re balancing on a ladder on one leg trying to reach that far corner of your roof is an old ladder that can’t support your weight.
Also, watch where you place that ladder. Resting it against the side of the house is a lot safer and steadier than resting it against a gutter, which can collapse and give way from the weight and cause the ladder to slip out from under you. Make sure you test it before you climb up and start decorating.
Once you’ve gotten your outdoor decorations up safely and without injury, you’ll probably want to head indoors. When you’re hanging the stockings up over the fireplace, be careful with how they are hung. If they come down too low and you like to regularly use your fireplace during the winter, the stocking material can heat up and catch on fire. Make sure that the stockings are placed well out of reach of the heat and flames.
By following these quick time-saving and injury-saving tips, you can make the process of decorating your home for the holidays that much easier, so you can get back to those Thanksgiving leftovers as soon as possible.