Today we are talking about wrapping up Christmas organized. What do I mean by that? Its’ all about containers! We are getting ready to take down this tree ~ you can’t see it but half of its lights have gone out so I’ve already written on my list for next year to replace the living room tree. We try to spread out the un-decorating of the house over a week’s time so it doesn’t cut into too much of our time having fun with the kids. So the day after Christmas I’m starting with taking down one of our 2 trees and putting one room back together.
Now is a great time to show you some of my storage secrets:
1. Portable Kid Friendly Ornament Storage: I love these because each child can easily handle the box on its own. The snap cases make it easy to move the box and get up and go. Whether we are decorating or un-decorating, as items are come off the tree or go on the tree, the kids know what belongs to them and exactly where to put it. We have two trees with one that is purely the kids ornaments so you can see why this matters. Portability and being able to navigate storage independently definitely is a great thing.
2. Wrapping Paper Storage that Fits: Make sure your storage containers are the right size for the item you have. I have started buying larger rolls of wrapping paper, maybe you have too, because they are a great deal and I love the print. They definitely do not fit in my old container. So instead of the stand up container, I need to invest in a flat container, often called an under the bed storage container. Mine don’t store there, they are all up in the attic seasonally. The point is you need containers that adequately fit the items you want to store in it.
3. Holiday Central Cart: This is all the other things that make up your seasonal items needing storage. This is a simple 4 drawer rolling cart and in it I store holiday cards, gift tags, hostess gifts I might stock up on like picture frames, and I also have just any kind of special holiday item like notes to Santa and special stamps. This is holiday central and even things like Treat Bags will go in here. All year long, and especially this week when I may be stocking up, I’ll put those supplies here. Then next year, I will pull out this cart first before I go off to do teacher gifts or bake for neighbors, even before I do a Christmas letter, just to make sure I might not have already planned ahead. And you know me, its usually full when I pull it out each November…and that’s a good thing!
I hope these 3 tips to have portable kid friendly ornament storage, to have wrapping paper storage that actually fits the paper that you have, and to create a holiday central cart for all those items you stock up on will help you be ready for next year. If you do these three things as you are wrapping up your Christmas, it will be be very well organized next year when you start it all over again.
If you are not sure where to start, check out the The Better Homes and Gardens Christmas Storage Page has some great options on sale now! Remember its all about figuring out what your storage challenge is first and then finding the right product to meet your need. Tell me, what kind of holiday storage solutions are you most in need of?
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