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My artificial Christmas tree has "colored" ends on the limbs, which you match up to the base of the tree as you are putting it together. When I take my tree down, I rubber band (large ones) or otherwise secure all the limbs of one color together. Makes it very easy to put the tree together the next time.
By Vicki from Dallas, TX
For those who have bought those little pre-lit artificial Christmas trees and painstakingly decorated them with small ornaments, etc., here's a tip to make it easier for next year, and there after. Don't remove any decorations! Keep them just the way they are, and cover them with a small kitchen trash bag(to keep off the dust). Store them in a safe, out of the way place, and by next Christmas, they'll be ready to go, with just a little fluffing up.
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When I take down my artificial Christmas tree, I put the top of the tree in the bottom of the box, gather each layer of tree branches together and lay them in order as I take them down. A newspaper can be laid between the layers to separate them. On top goes the stand. This way, there is little frustration in setting up the tree the next year. I also test each set of lights used on the tree, wrap up the cords, and put them in separate grocery bags.
By Judy S. from Valley City, ND