Christmas was fantastic this year, I spent a lot of time just enjoying everyone’s holiday spirit. Part of that is the excitement I get from viewing all the clever decorations and house lights. My favorite part of Christmas as a child, beside opening all the gifts, was touring the lights that go up in our neighborhood.
So, this year was no different. We loaded up into the car drinking our steamed hot chocolate with a dollop of whipped and drove the Glendale, Toluca Lake and Sherman Oaks neighborhoods here in Los Angeles.
It was so much fun!
Now that the holiday is over, all those lights, trees, wreaths and reindeer have to go back into storage for another 364 days.
So, since I have to put all my decorations away as well, I looked up holiday storage solutions and found some good ones.
1. The Tree
Unless you have a live tree and you are cutting it up for the trash bins, the fake trees can go in a nifty zip case on wheels. Organize.com has nice ones.
2. The Lights
My lights are currently in a large plastic bin with a lid. Each strand is individually wrapped and tied. This works pretty well, but I still get a tangled mess when I go to unwind them each year. And why is it every year there are strands that won’t light anymore? Ugh! Checking every bulb for a loose connection, I would rather clean the hall closet…again!
There is a handy item called the “Light Winder” and it rolls the whole strand up nice and neat so all you do next year, is unroll.
Light Winder: http://www.treekeeperbag.com
I use many wreaths around my house and they are not easy to store. You don’t want them getting crushed or dusty. There are round storage bags in various sizes that zip and also hard cases should your wreath have breakables.
Zip bag at: www.christmasworld.com
Sterilite Wreath Box: http://www.spacesavers.com
My mother and grandmother used to wrap their ornaments in newspaper and then put them in a wooden crate. No dividers and there were all kinds of different sizes to contend with. Here is a much better solution.
Ornament Boxes: http://www.organize.com
5. Wrapping Paper
This year my husband, who does not get involved in decorative, storage, household solutions, saw an idea on the web and of course immediately claimed title to it while I was wrapping gifts. To keep paper rolled, take an empty toilet tissue roll, slice down the length and “wa-la”, you have a wrapping paper keeper. “Thanks hun!”
6. Wrapping Paper Storage
Once you have the paper under control, the rolls can be stored in a zippered case with room for bows, gift tags and other sundry and loose items.
Gift Wrap Organizer: http://www.organize.com
7. Ribbon Box
And then, as a gals best friend, Martha Stewart, has developed a great ribbon storage box that will keep all your ribbon clean and perfect, unlike mine which the cats get into and chew on.
Ribbon Box: marthastewart.com
There you have it. This season’s best ideas for finding everything next season; clean and in good shape.
Hope you all had a great holiday.