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By By Lia Palazzolo 16 Jan, 2018

Clever Tips for Storing Christmas Decorations

When the holiday season ends, many people quickly take down their decorations without much regard for next year. With the following practical storage tips, you can preserve your Christmas decorations and streamline the decorating process when the season rolls around once more.

  1. Create a blueprint. Before you start taking down your holiday decorations, consider snapping a few photographs to help you plan for next year. Even if you decide to make a few changes or add a few new elements, it’s nice to have a foundation for your decorating strategy. Detailed photos also allow children to get more involved by providing a visual guide for where things should go.
  2. Use an electric cord reel.Since Christmas lights are only as strong as their weakest links, it’s important to prevent kinks and folds. Unfortunately, holiday lights have an uncanny ability to tangle in almost any situation. Unless you want to spend hours untangling and testing your lights next season, consider investing in a quality electric cord reel. Not only will this allow you to easily bundle your lights without the risk of tangling, it can help prevent damage to bulbs and wiring.
  3. Bundle wrapping paper in a safe place. Even a few wrinkles, tears or folds can render wrapping paper useless. Try to preserve your paper by stowing it beneath a bed. If you don’t have room, consider placing it in a guest room closet behind other items, which can provide some amount of protection.
  4. Keep the tree within easy reach. With proper care, your artificial tree can last years. Unfortunately, constant dismantling can take a toll on your tree and cause it to wear out prematurely. Instead of taking everything apart, try to store your tree without completely dismantling it. You should also consider placing your tree on the same floor in a storage room, an adjacent garage or closet, since most artificial trees are too cumbersome to wrestle through attics and basement staircases. To keep your tree free of dust, consider enclosing it in a vinyl Christmas tree storage bag which covers from the bottom to the top. You can use belts to hold branches firmly against the tree base. You should also store your tree in an area that stays between 40 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit, especially if the tree is frosted or flocked, since these do not hold up well in extreme temperatures.
  5. Use enclosed containers. It’s a good idea to pack certain decorations in safe, enclosed containers. Instead of wrapping your glass and ceramic ornaments in paper, consider placing them in egg crates. Instead of merely stacking wreaths in the garage, try placing them inside dry cleaning bags and storing them on hangers. Large plastic tubs are also great for storing handmade decorations and holiday crafts, which can deteriorate over time when left exposed to air.

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By Eddie Yandle 15 Jan, 2018
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By Eddie Yandle 05 Jan, 2018

Your weekly look at Richland County Government news and events.

See Original Article From Richland County and Read MORE HERE>>>>

Richland County Council's
First Meeting of the Year Next Week

Richland County Council will hold its first meeting of 2018 at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9 at Council Chambers, located on the second floor of the County Administration Building at 2020 Hampton St., Columbia . At this brief special-called meeting, Councilmembers will elect a Chair and Vice Chair to serve in those roles throughout 2018.

Richland County Council meetings are open to the public and are broadcast live on RCTV (Spectrum Ch. 1302 or 2, and AT&T U-Verse Ch. 99). Meetings can also be streamed online or watched on demand by visiting rcgov.us.  For Council agendas, minutes, calendars and more, click here.

Business Owners Reminded
to Renew Their Business Licenses

Richland County business owners are reminded to renew their business licenses and are encouraged to do so online in order to save time and receive a $10 discount.

All Richland County business licenses expired Dec. 31, 2017. It’s important for business owners – especially those who operate out of homes – to understand the necessity of obtaining an up-to-date Richland County business license. The deadline for acquiring a 2018 business license without penalties is March 15.

To renew Richland County business licenses online, visit rcgov.us/bsc . For more information, email bsc@rcgov.us  or call 803-576-2287 .

Keeping the County Clean by Day,
Comedy Sensation by Night

When Richland County’s Public Information Office was considering who could be the face of a video to promote recycling, the choice was easy. Omah McClinton, a collections inspector with the Solid Waste & Recycling division of Public Works, had the personality, the comic chops and the knowledge base. In short, he was a natural – and YouTube viewers enthusiastically agreed. “Talking Trash: The Richland Recycle Song"  was produced in 2004 and is by far the County’s most popular video posting to date.

Even before he became the County’s YouTube sensation, McClinton’s outgoing personality led him to the public stage as a warm-up comedian at local venues. He sat down for a quick Q&A about his background, service to the County and love of comedy. Click here  to read more.

Students Encouraged to Participate
in Conservation Poster Contest

The Richland Soil and Water Conservation District (RSWCD) encourages students to participate in its annual spring conservation poster contest. This year's contest is themed "Watersheds: Our Water, Our Home." Richland County students should submit their posters to RSWCD for local judging by Wednesday, April 11. Winning entries will receive monetary prizes.

For contest rules and more information, click here  or contact RSWCD at cooperc@rcgov.us  or 803-576-2080 .

Deadline Approaching for Special Property Tax Assessment for Active Duty Military 

Active duty military who have received orders (PCS) or a temporary duty (TDY) assignment of at least one year may apply to retain the special assessment as legal residence on their property in Richland County, even though the property is no longer occupied as their primary residence. The deadline for the 2017 tax year is Jan. 15, 2018. Click here  for a blank application that can be completed and returned to the Richland County Assessor's Office.

It is important to note that the law requires that the property owner reapply each year in order to retain the special assessment.


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Richland County Public Information Office
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