Decorate for the holidays with this complete toolkit
(NC) A few tools and organizing supplies can make Christmas decorating quick and easy while saving valued time and energy. Take a look at these tips from leading supplies retailer, Lowe's. In general, they say, it is recommended to start high and work your way down. To eliminate a tripping hazard, avoid lights running on the ground or pavement.
Other insider tips include:
A few extension cords will make sure you are able to set up decorations anywhere in the home or yard, regardless of outlet placement. Be sure to verify that you have both indoor and outdoor cords.
If electrical decorations share an outlet with appliances or electronics, chose a surge protector rather than a power strip to guard against sudden changes in electrical current.
Save money and extend the life of bulbs by using a timer to turn on holiday lights only when it's dark or when you're home to enjoy them.
Use wire to help outdoor lights, wreaths and pine boughs stay in place.
If you have low ceilings and mainly decorate indoors, a sturdy three-step stepladder can do the job. For taller trees and outdoor projects, purchase a 6-foot stepladder or a longer extension ladder.
A set of plastic cable ties in various widths, lengths, and colours allows you to tidy up a few extra feet of cord or bundle up items for end-of-season storage.
Gather little things such as hooks, replacement bulbs and ornaments into clear re-sealable bags and place them in airtight, waterproof containers.
Basic hand tools like screwdrivers, a hammer and pliers can help bend wire and pinch hooks tight.
Get a pair of thin, flexible work gloves that keep your hands warm while still allowing you to easily use tools and work with hardware.
Lowe's says it is fully stocked with everything you need – and additional ideas are online at www.lowes.ca.
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