You’ve selected lovely Christmas decorations, spent time and money decking out your halls, only to find half of them smashed or stolen within the first week. Here are 5 ways to protect your holiday investment and ensure it lasts for many years to come.
1. Smart Planning and Design
A knock-out Christmas display begins with a well-planned design. A smart design includes placing Christmas decorations at proper heights and out of the way of everyday traffic to prevent damage. When designing your Christmas displays, consider the following questions:
- What areas do I want to draw attention to? What areas do I wish to hide?
- What areas have the most traffic?
- Will any decorations be placed outdoors? How can I protect them from inclement weather?
- Are there any areas where I can save on costs? (Tip: Use LED lights to greatly reduce your electricity bill).
- Are light fixtures easy to repair?
- How can I prolong the life of my Christmas decorations?
A holiday decorating specialist can help you with everything from selecting the proper ornaments to reflect your décor, placing decorations for the best impact, to helping you stay within budget and save money wherever possible.
2. Proper Installation
If you are spending the money and effort to plan a gorgeous Christmas display, it only makes sense that you have it properly installed. Proper installation not only secures your decorations, it also ensures the safety of patrons (hello, dangling electrical cords and falling Christmas bells).
Tip: Use zip ties to attach garlands and locking cords on anything that needs to be plugged in.
3. Think Like a Thief or Vandal
Although Christmas is the time for sharing and giving, there is always the possibility of a thief or vandal hanging around who is more than happy to give you a hard time by stealing or breaking your decorations.
You may want to protect your most expensive decorations behind a glass display, or consider placing them in an area with high traffic where there are many watchful eyes. If possible, bring in outdoor displays at night to prevent theft. Make your Christmas decorations difficult to steal by securing them tightly and using a zip tie or two.
4. Regular Maintenance
The old adage, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” certainly rings true when it comes to regularly maintaining your holiday decorations. For example, a burnt out bulb is much easier and cheaper to replace than the entire string of lights.
A holiday decorating service can help you maintain your Christmas decorations all season long.
5. Proper Removal and Storage
Studies show that up to a whopping 85% of damage to Christmas decorations occur during removal and storage. This is completely preventable — your holiday budget would be better spent elsewhere.
Tip: Organize decorations by type, wrap fragile items with tissue paper or bubble wrap and don’t forget to label.
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- 3 Things That Make a Christmas Display Memorable
- 7 Reasons to Hire Someone Else to do Your Christmas Decorating
- 12 of Our Favorite Christmas Displays
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