It is startling to realize that in two days it is New Year's Eve and we will not only be at the end of yet another year but the end of the holiday season too. It will be time to put away your decorations, get rid of your tree and get back into the swing of normal life. I always find this to be the most challenging part of the holidays. Putting away the decorations is not too hard, but finding storage in my loft is! I have always had great luck with Big Lots and Target having the perfect (and cheap) storage bins that fit my space. The hardest part for me has continued to be getting rid of the tree! It is so much easier to transport a live tree than a dead one. In year's past I have always missed the free pick up, so I wanted to make sure you all know about it. If you are on your game and can get it all done by January 7th, you could also make your life a lot easier by calling the city’s Bureau of Sanitation to have your tree picked up curbside. Of course ornaments, lights and tinsel must be removed, but if you call 213.840.6095, you can arrange to have your tree picked up.
If you can't get your tree down in time to be picked up, no worries there are still recycling locations for your tree. To mention a couple there are the Los Angeles Zoo in Griffith Park and Fire Station No. 21, south of Downtown, at 1187 E. 52nd St. on Jan. 2 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. only. For a list of other drop-off points, visit lacitysan.org/tree-recycle.htm.
One more note about taking down the decorations... make sure they get into the box and stored away and your dog or cat doesn't help themselves to a new "treat" or "toy" that could injure them.